FEBRUARY 20 – 21, 2021

2021 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

2021 PGDC Michelob Ultra Challenge 

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 Michelob Ultra Challenge:

  • Reduced Michelob Ultra Challenge Registration Cap – 500

● 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, but not limited to, 2021 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend areas:

◆ 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K Start Staging Corrals & Staging Zones

◆ 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K Start Line Corrals

■ 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.

● 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K Finish Lines

◆ 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, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K Start Line – Brorein Street & Franklin Street

◆ Beginning at 5:30 a.m. & 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 20, 2021 (15K & 5K) & Sunday, February 21, 2021 (Half Marathon & 8K), 10 – Wave Starts of 500 will take place at 15-Minute Intervals.

● 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K 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.

● Michelob Ultra Challenge Registered Participants will be assigned Staggered Staging & Start Times for the 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K.

● 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K Secure Start & Start Staging Area

◆ Entry into the 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K Secure Start & Staging Area will be based on a participant’s assigned Staging & Start Time.

Prior to entry into the 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 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 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 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.

● 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K Secure Start Areas (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, 5K, Half Marathon & 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.

If you’re up for a challenge, don’t miss the chance to test your endurance and participate in the 2021 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.

Michelob Ultra Challenge Entry Fees

$230 – June 1 – 30, 2020

$250– July 1 – Oct. 31, 2020

$270 – Nov. 1, 2020 – Jan. 8, 2021

$290 – ONLINE ONLY Jan. 9 – Feb. 14, 2021

Please note that the Michelob Ultra Challenge Sells Out Quickly!  

Participants that register online and provide a valid email address will receive a Race Week Registration Confirmation via email on or before 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 complete a 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 on or before 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.  If available, Late Online Registration for the Michelob Ultra Challenge will close on Sunday, February 14, 2021, or when the Michelob Ultra Challenge Sells Out!  There will be no Race Weekend Late Registration for the 2021 Challenges!!!

PLEASE NOTE: Runners and walkers participating in the 2021 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 9:30 a.m.  Once the Walker Wave Start Area is cleared 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 course.

Packet Pickup

   If you register by mail or online, you MUST pick up your T-shirt and packet 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, 6 a.m. – 5 p.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.

Race Number Pick-Up Authorization Form

 

 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