FEBRUARY 20 – 21, 2021

2021 PGDC REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

2021 PGDC 8K 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 8K:

  • Reduced 8K Registration Cap – 5,000

● To protect the health and wellbeing of themselves, those around them, and their family and friends, the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association has established a Mandatory Face Covering/Mask/Gaiter Policy for all participants, volunteers** and staff** in the following 2021 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend areas:

◆ 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.

● 8K Start Location – Brorein Street & Franklin Street

● Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 21, 2021, 10 – 8K Wave Starts of 500 will take place at 15-Minute Intervals.

● Wave Start Seeding will be based on Verified Finish Times.

◆ All participants provided Projected Finish Times will be verified on Athlinks, the largest results database in the world.

● 8K Registered Participants will be assigned a Staggered Staging & Start Times

● 8K Secure Start & Start Staging Area

◆ Entry into the 8K Secure Start & Staging Area will be based on a participant’s assigned Staging & Start Time.

● Prior to entry into the 8K 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 8K 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.

● An 8K 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 8K 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.



Entry Requirements

All 2021 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Half Marathon 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 Half Marathon Applications must be postmarked by January 8, 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, Half Marathon Weekend Late Registration Fees Will Apply.


ATTENTION 8K Walkers!

Walkers are welcome in the Publix Gasparilla 8K. Because of road closure permits, a 16-minute per mile pace must be maintained. Those not able to complete the 8K by 10:45 a.m. (1:30) will be moved to the Bayshore Boulevard sidewalk until Swann Avenue, at which time, they will be moved back on to the road for the remainder of their 8K.


8K Entry Fees

$40 – June 1-30, 2020

$45 – June 1 – Oct. 31, 2020

$50 – Nov. 1, 2020 – Jan. 8, 2021

$55 – ONLINE ONLY Jan. 9 – Feb. 14, 2021 (or until 8K Sells Out)

Refunds and/or transfers of registration are not allowed in ANY of the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend Events.

If available, online registration will remain open until Sunday, February 14, 2021, but beginning Saturday, January 10, 2021, the cost of 8K registration will be according to the Online Late Registration Fees ($60 – 8K).

Participants that register online will receive a Race Week Registration Confirmation via email no earlier than Monday, February 15, 2021.  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 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 download and complete a 2021 PGDC By-Mail Form-Fillable Registration Form

For the form-fillable feature, PGDC Registration Form must be downloaded and opened in Adobe Reader. Once opened, please click on each field, provide the requested information and then, print for signing, enclose Entry Fee Payment (including $3 Processing Fee), 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 earlier 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. 

Runner Premiums

Publix Gasparilla 8K participants that pre-register by January 20, 2021, will be guaranteed an Official 2019 Publix Gasparilla 8K Performance Wicking Gender-Specific T-Shirt**, a Virtual Race Bag, a PGDC branded Publix Reusable Booty Bag and for those that cross the Finish Line, a colorful 2019 Publix Gasparilla 8K Finishers’ Medal, Post-Race Food & Beverages, a complimentary 12-ounce Michelob Ultra (21-yrs & Older) and a personalized Virtual Finisher’s Certificate (a valid email address MUST be provided with registration).

2021 PGDC Gender-Specific Sizing Chart

 

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


Packet Pickup

Publix Gasparilla 8K Shirt & Race Number Pick-Up will take place during the 8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo that will be 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 9:30 a.m. (following Start of 5K) and until 5 p.m.

For late out-of-town arrivals ONLY, there will be very limited Packet Pick-Up on Race Day, Sunday, February 21. Requests for Race Day Packet Pick-up must be made in writing and no later than Sunday, February 14, 2021.

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.

Race Number Pick-Up Authorization Form


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 race number.

Transponder pads at the Start and Finish will record the participant’s time at each location 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 8K Start Line and ends upon crossing the 8K 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 2021 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon AND 2021 Publix Gasparilla 8K on Sunday, February 21, 2021, you must register and complete an individual Entry Form for both events.  Unless you are running the Michelob Ultra Challenge, you will be issued a Half Marathon Race Number AND an 8K Race Number.

When running the Half Marathon, you MUST wear your assigned Half Marathon Race Number ONLY.  Do not wear or carry your 8K RaceNumber.  Before starting the 8K, YOU MUST remove your Half Marathon Race Number.

Because of the sensitivity of the ChronoTrack Timing Device, wearing or carrying your 8K Race Number during the Half Marathon OR wearing or carrying your Half Marathon Race Number during the 8K could impact your Tampa Bay Times Race Weekend Results.