FEBRUARY 24 – 25, 2024


2024 Michelob Ultra Challenge

If you’re up for a challenge, don’t miss the chance to test your endurance and participate in the 2024 Michelob Ultra Challenge, which consists of running the 15K & 5K on Saturday and on Sunday, the Half Marathon & 8K…30+ miles over two days!

In addition to the individual event Runner Premiums (15K Shirt, 5K Shirt, Half Marathon Shirt, 8K Shirt, 15K Finishers Medal, 5K Finishers Medal, Half Marathon Finishers Medal & 8K Finishers Medal, 15K Virtual Finisher’s Certificate, 5K Virtual Finisher’s Certificate, Half Marathon Virtual Finisher’s Certificate, 8K Virtual Finisher’s Certificate, a ‘Goody Goody’ Virtual Goody Bag & one PGDC Branded Publix Reusable Shopping Bag), registered Michelob Ultra Challenge participants will also receive a Michelob Ultra Challenge Jacket.

Those runners and walkers that complete the Michelob Ultra Challenge by participating in and crossing the Finish Lines of all four events will receive a HUGE Michelob Ultra Challenge Finisher’s Medal and a Michelob Ultra Challenge Finisher’s Certificate.

ATTENTION MICHELOB ULTRA CHALLENGE WALKERS!  Walkers are welcome in the Michelob Ultra Challenge. Because of road closure permits, a 16-minute per mile pace must be maintained in the 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K.  For event-specific Walker Information, please visit the 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K Runner Info pages.

Packet Pick Up

Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Packet, T-shirt, and Race Number Pick-Up will take place during the ASC Action News Health & Fitness Expo, presented by Tampa General Hospital being held at the Tampa Convention Center – East Hall on Friday, February 23, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and on Saturday, February 24, beginning at 6:00 a.m.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you are not able to attend the Expo and pick up your Race Number, a Race Number Pick-Up Authorization Form must be completed, signed, and presented by whoever WILL be picking it up for you.  A downloadable version of the Authorization Form can be found below.

Race Number Pick-up Authorization Form

Challenge Seeded Start Access

Challenge (15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K) Seeded Start Access is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Access for Challenge participants will be based on 15K Seeded Start Requirements.  For Seeded Start Access, a written results verification is required and can be presented BY-MAIL with a completed entry form and payment.   PLEASE NOTE that if registering Online for the Challenge, a 15K Estimated Finish Time will be requested and once verified utilizing Athlinks, will be used for Seeded Start Access consideration.

The following are Finish Times required for Challenge Seeded Start Access (please note that the listed Finish Times are ONLY for those that are requesting a Michelob Ultra Challenge Seeded Number):

Finish Time Requirements for Seeded Men’s Entry:
Half Marathon
– 1:30:00 or less
15K – 1-hour or less
10K – 40-minutes or less

Finish Time Requirements for Seeded Women’s Entry:
Half Marathon
– 1:45:00 or less
15K – 1:15:00 or less
10K – 50-minutes or less

Michelob Ultra Challenge Entry Fees

Refunds and/or transfers of registration are not allowed in the Michelob Ultra Challenge.

Participants that register online and provide a valid email address will receive a Race Week Registration Confirmation via email on or before Monday, February 19, 2024.  This confirmation will be in addition to the confirmation received from Race Roster upon completion of online registration.   The Race Week Registration Confirmation will include each participant’s Race Number, Name, Address, Race Entered, and Age.

PLEASE NOTE:  If at any time, you have unsubscribed from the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic E-Blast Database, you WILL NOT receive a Registration Confirmation.  You MUST rejoin the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic E-Blast Database.  To rejoin, Click Here.

Mail-In Offline Registration Fees:
Please note that due to the administrative costs associated with processing Offline 2023 PGDC Registrations, a $3 Processing Fee must be added to the Total Registration Amount Due – if payment does not reflect the additional $3 Processing Fee, the entry form and payment will be returned.

To register by mail, please complete a  2024 PGDC By-Mail Form-Fillable Registration Form.

For the form-fillable feature, PGDC Registration Form must be opened in Adobe Reader.  Once opened, click on each field, fill in, and then, print for signing.  Once completed, enclose the Entry Fee Payment and mail it to the following address: GDCA  •  P.O. Box 1881  •  Tampa, Fl. 33601-1881. Registered participants who provide a correct and legible email address will receive a Registration Confirmation via email on or before Monday, February 19, 2024.  Confirmation will include each participant’s assigned Race Number, Name, Address, Race Entered, and Age.

PLEASE NOTE: Registrations by mail must be postmarked by January 12, 2024.  If available, Late Online Registration for the Michelob Ultra Challenge will close on Sunday, February 18, 2024, or when the Michelob Ultra Challenge Sells Out!  There will be no Race Weekend Late Registration for the 2024 Challenges!!!

PLEASE NOTE: Runners and walkers participating in the 2024 Michelob Ultra Challenge must complete the Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon in under 3 hours and allow enough time to make it to the Official Start of the Publix Gasparilla 8K. The Publix Gasparilla 8K Wave Starts will begin promptly at 9:15 a.m.  Once the Walker Wave Start Area is cleared at approximately 9:40 a.m., the Start will be closed.  Once the Start is Officially closed, the timing mats will be pulled and runners/walkers arriving late will not be allowed on the course.