FEBRUARY 20 – 21, 2021
2021 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
2021 PGDC 15K COVID-19 Mitigation Plan
To offer an In-Person Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend, the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association has created and received the necessary approvals for a 2021 PGDC Race Weekend COVID-19 Mitigation Plan but will continue to follow the guidance of local Government and Health Officials as it relates to precautions relative to COVID-19.
Please remember, if the cancellation of an in-person 2021 PGDC Race Weekend due to COVID-19 is deemed necessary, the Association will comply and convert all events to a virtual experience.
Overall, the 2021 PGDC Race Weekend COVID-19 Mitigation Plan was designed to offer the opportunity for Gasparilla participants to run or walk the 15K, 5K, Half Marathon, or 8K in person, as safely as possible during the pandemic.
● The 2021 PGDC Race Weekend COVID-19 Mitigation Plan includes the following for the 15K:
● Reduced 15K Registration Cap – 5,000
◆ Start Staging Corrals & Staging Zone
◆ Start Line Corral
■ The Race Morning Schedule calls for participants to remain in the Secure Start & Start Staging Area for no more than 45-minutes.
■ After crossing the Start Line, Face Coverings/Masks/Gaiters can be removed.
● Finish Line
◆ After crossing the Finish Line and while in the Finish Line Area, participants must wear a Face Covering/Mask/Gaiter
● Tampa Convention Center/8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo
◆ *To perform their duties throughout Race Weekend, Volunteers and Staff will be required to wear a Face Covering/Mask/Gaiter at all times, including but not limited to while in the Tampa Convention Center/Expo, All Event Venues, Start Line, Start Staging Corrals & Start Staging Zone, Aid Stations & Finish Line.
● 15K Start Location will be utilized for the 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K
● Beginning at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2021, 10 – Wave Starts of 500 will take place at 15-Minute Intervals.
● Wave Start Seeding will be based on Verified Finish Times.
◆ All participant provided Projected Finish Times will be verified on Athlinks, the largest results database in the world.
● Assigned Staggered Staging & Start Times
● 15K Secure Start & Start Staging Area
◆ Entry into the 15K Secure Start & Staging Area will be based on a participant’s assigned Staging & Start Time.
● Prior to entry into the 15K Secure Start & Start Staging Area, participants will be required to complete the COVID-19 ‘A Pirate’s Healthy Life For All’ Promise
● Prior to entry into the 15K Secure Start & Start Staging Area on Race Day, participants’ temperatures will be checked. A temperature of 100.4° F or less will be required for entry.
◆ If on Race Morning, a participant’s temperature registers above 100.4° F, they will be asked to step aside, wait five minutes, and return for another temperature check.
◆ If after three tries, the participant’s temp continues to register above 100.4° F, entry into the Secure Start & Start Staging Area will be refused.
● A Secure Start Area (30′ x 750′) will be set-up according to physical distancing guidelines including, but not limited to, Physical Distancing Street Decals, Physically Distant Participant Linear Rows separated by barricades, controlled participant forward movement to Start Line.
◆ 500-Participants Per Wave Start.
◆ 32-Participants will Start every minute
■ In 2020, 1,200 crossed the 15K Start Line in one minute.
◆ Four-Participants will Start every 7-seconds.
● Two Secure Start Staging Areas (40′ x 500′) will be set-up according to physical distancing guidelines including, but not limited to, Physical Distancing Street Markings, Physical Distancing Visual Signage, and controlled participant forward movement to Start Staging Area.
● Throughout the 2021 PGDC Race Weekend, all race staff, volunteers, and support personnel will be required to complete the COVID-19 ‘A Pirate’s Healthy Life For All’ Promise; and to access their Race Day Assignments, their temperatures will be checked. A temperature of 100.4° F or less will be required for Race Day participation.
6:40 a.m. 15K Wheelchair
(Push Rim Only) START: Brorein Street & Franklin Street Wheelchair participants and seeded athletes ONLY can access the 15K Start from the front by utilizing the Wheelchair/Elite Entrance located adjacent to the Start Platform. All other Participants must enter the start from the rear, utilizing the barricade breaks on either side of Brorein Street.
6:45 a.m. Seeded & Wave Start #1 Green
(90 minutes & under) Start: Brorein Street & Franklin Street SEEDED MEN & WOMEN ONLY WILL ACCESS THE 15K START FROM THE FRONT AND SHOULD UTILIZE THE SEEDED/ELITE ENTRANCE LOCATED AT BROREIN STREET & FRANKLIN STREET. 15K Seeded Start Access: is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. For access to the 15K Seeded Start Area, a written results verification is required and must be presented BY-MAIL with a completed entry form and payment. Finish Times required for 15K Seeded Start Access: MEN • Half Marathon – 1:30:00 or less • 15K – 1-hour or less • 10K – 40-minutes or less WOMEN • Half Marathon – 1:45:00 or less • 15K – 1:15:00 or less • 10K – 50-minutes or less
6:50 a.m. 15K Wave Start #2 Blue
(91 minutes & over) Start: Brorein Street & Franklin Street All Open 15K registered participants will stage on Brorein Street behind the 15K Seeded Start Area. 15K registered participants should enter from the barricade breaks on both sides of Brorein. The barricade breaks will be according to Projected Finish Times; Projected Finish Time signage will be posted. PLEASE, for the safety and enjoyment of all, line up according to your Projected Finish Time.
Walkers are welcome in the 15K. Because of road closure permits, a 16-minute per mile pace must be maintained. Those not able to complete 7-miles and reach Howard Avenue by 9:00 a.m. (2:15), will be moved to the Bayshore Boulevard sidewalk until Rome Avenue, at which time, they will be allowed back onto Bayshore Boulevard for the remainder of their 15K. These participants will be sharing the road with the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K participants.
June 1-30, 2020
July 1-Oct. 31, 2020
Nov. 1, 2020 – Jan. 8, 2021
Jan. 9 – Feb. 14, 2021
(or until 15K Sells Out)
June 1-30, 2020
July 1-Oct, 31 2020
Nov. 1, 2020 – Jan. 8, 2021
Jan. 9 – Feb. 14, 2021 ONLINE ONLY (or until 15K Sells Out)
Refunds and/or transfers of registration are not allowed ANY of the 2021 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend Events. Participants that register online and provide a correct email address will receive a Race Week Registration Confirmation via email no later than Monday, February 15, 2021. This confirmation will be in addition to the confirmation received from Race Roster Networks 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 via email. 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 2021 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 this 2021 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 Entry Fee Payment and mail 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 no later than Monday, February 15, 2021. 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 8, 2021.
All 2021 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K participants MUST sign the Race Application Waiver. A Parent or Legal Guardian MUST sign the Race Application Waiver for participants under the age of 18.
All Mail-in 2021 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K Race Applications must be postmarked by January 9, 2021.
LATE ONLINE REGISTRATION FEES WILL BEGIN ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2021.
Entry forms received postmarked after January 8, 2021, WILL NOT be processed until Race Weekend and during the 8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo. If available, 15K Race Weekend Late Registration Fees Will Apply ($60)
Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K participants will receive an Official 2021 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K Gender-Specific Performance Wicking Race Shirt**, a 2021 PGDC ‘Goody Goody’ Virtual Race Bag, a 2021 PGDC Branded Publix Reusable Shopping Bag and for those that cross the Finish Line, a 2021 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K Finisher’s Medal, Post-Race Food & Beverages, a complimentary 12-ounce Michelob Ultra (21-yrs & Over) and a personalized PGDC 15K Virtual Finisher’s Certificate (a valid email address MUST be provided with registration). 2021 PGDC Gender-Specific Sizing Chart **Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K participants that register online after January 17, 2021, or wait to register during Race Weekend Late Registration (if available) will receive a Race Shirt, but will not be guaranteed a gender-specific performance wicking shirt and/or the correct sized shirt.
On Monday, February 22, 2021, complete (but not Official) 2021 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K Results will be featured in the e-Newspaper version of the 2021 PGDC Special Race Results Section from www.tampabay.com, the official website for the Tampa Bay Times.
Additionally, a printed version of the 2021 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K Results Special Section will be featured in select copies of the Wednesday, February 24, 2021 Edition of the Tampa Bay Times that can be found at local retail locations including Publix.
For those folks that live out of the Tampa Bay Area or aren’t Tampa Bay Times subscribers, the TBT-PGDC Race Results Special Section will be available (and mailed to your home) for $5.
This special purchase includes postage, packaging, handling, the Wednesday, February 24th Edition of the Tampa Bay Times, and the 2021 TBT-PGDC Race Results Special Section that will offer Race Weekend Coverage, Race Photos AND complete (but not official) 2021 PGDC 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K Age Group Results.
To purchase the 2021 TBT-PGDC Race Results Special Section Package, register online or by mail. Already registered, please utilize the 2021 TBT-PGDC Race Results Special Section Order Form
2021 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K Race Packet, T-shirt, and Race Number Pick-Up will take place during the 8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo being held at the Tampa Convention Center – East Hall on Friday, February 19, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and on Saturday, February 20, 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 up for you. A downloadable version of the Authorization Form can be found below.
ChronoTrack Timing Tags
The Gasparilla Distance Classic Association is once again proud to lead the pack in offering to its runners and walkers the latest in timing technology. In 2021, race participants will be timed utilizing the ChronoTrack B-Tag Timing System, developed and designed with RFID – radio frequency identification. Here’s how it works. The technology is woven into a tag that will be placed on the back of each runner’s bib/race number. Transponder pads at the Start Line, Mid-Way Point, and Finish Line will record the participant’s time in preparation for the Tampa Bay Times Race Weekend Results. Post-Race, each participant will receive both their Start Time (Gun Time) and Net Time (Timing starts when runner/walker actually crosses the 15K Start Line and ends upon crossing the 15K Finish Line). At the Finish Line, there will be no back-ups…runners and walkers will cross the Finish Line…revel in what they’ve just accomplished…be given their Finisher’s Medal! PLEASE NOTE – If you intend to run the 15K AND 5K on Saturday, February 20, 2021, you must register and complete an Entry Form for both events. Unless you are running the Michelob Ultra Challenge, or Michelob Ultra Pure Gold Challenge, you will be issued a 15K Race Number AND a 5K Race Number. When running the 15K, you MUST wear your assigned 15K Race Number ONLY. Do not wear or carry your 5K Race Number. Before starting the 5K, you MUST remove your 15K Race Number and replace it with your 5K Race Number. Because of the sensitivity of the Chrono Track Timing Device, wearing or carrying your 5K Race Number during the 15K OR wearing or carrying your 15K Race Number during the 5K could impact your Tampa Bay Times Race Weekend Results.