TAMPA, FL - The 2015 Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend is just 11-days away. Already, a total of 27,500 have registered for the 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K or, for one of the Challenges that will take place on Saturday and Sunday, February 21 & 22.
This time last year, registrations totaled 26,000.
The events are experiencing tremendous growth. This speaks volumes as to the running community's loyalty...a loyalty that the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association greatly appreciates and will not take for granted. The Association is driven by a deep passion for the runners and walkers that each year, spend their hard earned dollars to register and participate.
In early May, it was announced that in 2015, the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K would be capped at 14,000. This decision was made to protect the integrity and quality of the 5K, as well as to ensure that each of those 14,000, from beginning to end, were well taken care of. In addition to the cap, this year’s 5K will feature six Wave Starts with no more than 3,000 in each Wave. To date, 11,750 have registered for the 5K.
In the history of the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend Events, the 15K, 5K, Half Marathon & 8K have never reached a Sold Out status. In fact, Gasparilla's participants have had the luxury of if desired, waiting as late as Race Weekend to register during the 8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo.
To ensure the continued integrity and quality of the 2015 PGDC Race Weekend Events, the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association is announcing today that each will be capped. The individual event cap numbers are as follows:
- 15K - 6,000
- 5K - 14,000
- Half Marathon - 6,250
- 8K - 5,000
There are six remaining days of Online Registration. If any of the above individual event caps are reached prior to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February, 15, 2015, registration (for that event) will close. If the cap is reached in all of the events, Race Weekend Late Registration WILL NOT be offered during the 8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo.
When Online Registration closes on Sunday evening, if spots remain in the 15K and 5K, Race Weekend Late Registration will be offered during the 8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo, but only on Friday, February 20th. If spots remain in the Half Marathon and 8K, Race Weekend Late Registration will continue until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 21st.
The following represents the remaining spots for each of the distances:
- 15K - 700
- 5K - 2,250
- Half Marathon - 350
- 8K - 800
Please know that this announcement is not being made to drive
registration, but instead, out of respect for a road race with rich
history and a foundation that since 1978, has been built with
trust, transparency and a commitment to excellence.
You can trust that we will never make growth more important than your safety or the wonderful experience that we strive to provide.