Overall Rating
Overall Rating (19 Reviews)
4.4
(19 Ratings)(19 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1.6
SCENERY
3.7
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
4.8
The Gasparilla Distance Classic Association, established in 1978, is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated specifically to raising funds for charitable youth organizations and running programs in the Tampa Bay area. Its mission is carried out through the administration of the annual Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend and Jr. … MORE
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    Grammarathon FIRST-TIMER '17

    Slot of fun during festival week. Music, pirates, arts. It's a lot of fun. The course is flat and fairly fast though there was a strong cross wind running out … MORE

    Slot of fun during festival week. Music, pirates, arts. It’s a lot of fun. The course is flat and fairly fast though there was a strong cross wind running out and back along a point on the water. Not a fan of support flat courses but the scenery is nice and it’s festive! Always good to hit warm weather in the winter. 🙂

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    5
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    4
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    5

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    runningg8r FIRST-TIMER '20

    The course is flat and fast but head winds can be a factor to consider. Bayshore is such an iconic location in Tampa so the opportunity to run the whole … MORE

    The course is flat and fast but head winds can be a factor to consider. Bayshore is such an iconic location in Tampa so the opportunity to run the whole thing during a race is so unique and awesome!

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    5
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    4
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    5

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    amykay9377 REPEAT RUNNER '20

    In it's 43rd year - and my 6th year of running it - this race runs like a well-oiled machine. The expo is set up well, with the packet pickup … MORE

    In it’s 43rd year – and my 6th year of running it – this race runs like a well-oiled machine. The expo is set up well, with the packet pickup in the back, shirts (gendered) on either side, and then tables in teh middle. I feel like the Expo has gotten more and more boring every year, so we probably won’t even wander next year unless I specifically need something like Clif or Honey Stingers.
    In the a.m. there are PLENTY of Tampa PD directing traffic, you can reserve parking in a very close garage, and the start line is well-defined.
    The course is a very easy out and back along Bayshore Blvd, which is beautiful along Tampa Bay / Channelside.
    Afterward, the finish chute is well organized with Finisher towels, bottled water, cups of Gatorade, then your medals and photos, then snacks at the end (snacks this time were Special K poptarts, bananas, Dole fruit bowls, Cheez-Its, Yasso bars, and cups of Coke). If you were running the 5k after, they had a place to drop your 15k medal and gear so it wouldn’t get lost.

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    mlletour FIRST-TIMER '20

    This organization is awesome - great expo - very well organized group - great course - great food & drink (I mean how many races do you get diet coke … MORE

    This organization is awesome – great expo – very well organized group – great course – great food & drink (I mean how many races do you get diet coke and beer! – great sponsors – nice swag – beautiful city!

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    I ran this about four years ago and only have positive memories. I remember great crowd support, a beautiful course, awesome swag (I still wear the shirts), a top notch … MORE

    I ran this about four years ago and only have positive memories. I remember great crowd support, a beautiful course, awesome swag (I still wear the shirts), a top notch expo, plus cool medals. I hope to run this again one day

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    5
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    5
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    5

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    cmbrln7 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This just might be my favorite half marathon yet. A super well organized race with a fun theme, nice race shirts, huge medals, flat and scenic. So glad I picked … MORE

    This just might be my favorite half marathon yet. A super well organized race with a fun theme, nice race shirts, huge medals, flat and scenic. So glad I picked this race for Florida

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    5
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    hmoorexxx1 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was one of the most fun, best organized, rewarding and memorable races ever!!! From the medals, to the shirts, start line to finish, this race was one of the … MORE

    This was one of the most fun, best organized, rewarding and memorable races ever!!! From the medals, to the shirts, start line to finish, this race was one of the best. I got to meet and get photos with Meb Keflezighi, “Johnny Depp” pirate, Tampa Bay Buccaneer and a Gecko. The race was so well run.The swag, jackets, shirts, medals and finish food were amazing. Simply Outstanding! Thank you Tampa Bay, Gasparilla and Publix <3

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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '19

    I ran the Ultra Challenge (All 4 races). This was Race #4 of the 4. At this point, after running a half in 85+ degrees and full sun, I was … MORE

    I ran the Ultra Challenge (All 4 races). This was Race #4 of the 4. At this point, after running a half in 85+ degrees and full sun, I was toast. But I managed to pull off a 20 Second PR (full disclosure – my only other 8K was over 10 years ago)
    I’m not a fan of HUGE races. This certainly falls in that category. But the whole weekend was organized and managed very well. Aside from $20/day for parking (which is ridiculous!), I enjoyed this race series.
    EXPO: Really big and crowded. I got in, made one pass through the booths, and got out.
    COURSE: The courses are all the same (except for an extra loop for the Half), an out and back on Bayshore Blvd. Very pretty area with big houses. BUT, by the 4th race, I had memorized the order of houses and all the cracks in the pavement. :/ All four races had the same finish line, but the starting lines were all different (within 5-6 blocks or so.) Navigation was easy as there were lots of volunteers to point you in the right direction. Each race had corral areas well marked and manned with volunteers. I finished each day’s 1st race with enough time to walk to the car, refresh my bottle, grab some more GU and sit for a minute. Out on the course, there were a healthy amount of spectators and aid stations. They also had sprinklers which were most welcomed on Sunday (the hottest of the 2 days!) Plenty of toilets and volunteers.
    POST-RACE: The post race food at the finish line was water, Gatorade, bananas, fruit, fruit snacks, coke products. The post race party had more food options, but I didn’t go (it was in an adjacent park). After running 2 races each day in the HEAT!, I was done and just wanted a shower and rest. If it was closer, I would’ve probably walked through.
    MEDALS: Medals for each race were nice and colorful, as was the challenge medals (walked away with 5 medals for the weekend). The race had a table set up near the finish for challenge runners to “check in” their medals and retrieve them after the 2nd race. This was a nice touch, especially for those who were finishing race 1 and then quickly lining up for race 2.

    BOTTOM LINE: I enjoyed the races, but didn’t enjoy the crowds! (The 5K was the largest race) I hate feeling like I’m in a cattle herd waiting in the corrals.
    The event is a bit expensive ($200 for all 4 races), but I feel like I got my money’s worth. You get a shirt & medal for each race and a cold sweat towel at the finish line as well. With the Ultra Challenge, you also get a Challenge Jacket.
    Would I do it again? Maybe.

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    5
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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '19

    I ran the Ultra Challenge (All 4 races). This was Race #3 of the 4, held on Sunday morning. I'm not a fan of HUGE races. This certainly falls in … MORE

    I ran the Ultra Challenge (All 4 races). This was Race #3 of the 4, held on Sunday morning. I’m not a fan of HUGE races. This certainly falls in that category. But the whole weekend was organized and managed very well. Aside from $20/day for parking (which is ridiculous!), I enjoyed this race series.
    EXPO: I went on Friday. Really big and crowded. I got in, made one pass through the booths, and got out.
    COURSE: The courses are all the same (except for an extra loop in a different neighborhood for the Half), an out and back on Bayshore Blvd. Very pretty area with big houses. BUT, by the 4th race, I had memorized the order of houses and all the cracks in the pavement. :/ All four races had the same finish line, but the starting lines were all different (within 5-6 blocks or so.) Navigation was easy as there were lots of volunteers to point you in the right direction. Each race had corral areas well marked and manned with volunteers. I finished each day’s 1st race with enough time to walk to the car, refresh my bottle, grab some more GU and sit for a minute. Out on the course, there were a healthy amount of spectators and aid stations. They also had sprinklers which were most welcomed on Sunday (the hottest of the 2 days!) Plenty of toilets and volunteers.
    POST-RACE: The post race food at the finish line was water, Gatorade, bananas, fruit, fruit snacks, coke products. The post race party had more food options, but I didn’t go (it was in an adjacent park). After running 2 races each day in the HEAT!, I was done and just wanted a shower and rest. If it was closer, I would’ve probably walked through.
    MEDALS: Medals for each race were nice and colorful, as was the challenge medals (walked away with 5 medals for the weekend). The race had a table set up near the finish for challenge runners to “check in” their medals and retrieve them after the 2nd race. This was a nice touch, especially for those who were finishing race 1 and then quickly lining up for race 2.

    BOTTOM LINE: I enjoyed the races, but didn’t enjoy the crowds! (The 5K was the largest race) I hate feeling like I’m in a cattle herd waiting in the corrals.
    The event is a bit expensive ($200 for all 4 races), but I feel like I got my money’s worth. You get a shirt & medal for each race and a cold sweat towel at the finish line as well. With the Ultra Challenge, you also get a Challenge Jacket and medal.
    Would I do it again? Maybe.

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    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5

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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '19

    I ran the Ultra Challenge (All 4 races). This was Race #2 of the 4 and by far the largest! This event was on my bucket list for a while. … MORE

    I ran the Ultra Challenge (All 4 races). This was Race #2 of the 4 and by far the largest! This event was on my bucket list for a while. After finishing 50 states, I’ve begun to knock off these races. I’m not a fan of HUGE races. This certainly falls in that category. But the whole weekend was organized and managed very well. Aside from $20/day for parking (which is ridiculous!), I enjoyed this race series.
    EXPO: Really big and crowded. I got in, made one pass through the booths, and got out.
    COURSE: The courses are all the same (except for an extra loop for the Half), an out and back on Bayshore Blvd. Very pretty area with big houses. BUT, by the 4th race, I had memorized the order of houses and all the cracks in the pavement. :/ All four races had the same finish line, but the starting lines were all different (within 5-6 blocks or so.) Navigation was easy as there were lots of volunteers to point you in the right direction. Each race had corral areas well marked and manned with volunteers. I finished each day’s 1st race with enough time to walk to the car, refresh my bottle, grab some more GU and sit for a minute. Out on the course, there were a healthy amount of spectators and aid stations. They also had sprinklers which were most welcomed on Sunday (the hottest of the 2 days!) Plenty of toilets and volunteers.
    POST-RACE: The post race food at the finish line was water, Gatorade, bananas, fruit, fruit snacks, coke products. The post race party had more food options, but I didn’t go (it was in an adjacent park). After running 2 races each day in the HEAT!, I was done and just wanted a shower and rest. If it was closer, I would’ve probably walked through.
    MEDALS: Medals for each race were nice and colorful, as was the challenge medals (walked away with 5 medals for the weekend). The race had a table set up near the finish for challenge runners to “check in” their medals and retrieve them after the 2nd race. This was a nice touch, especially for those who were finishing race 1 and then quickly lining up for race 2.

    BOTTOM LINE: I enjoyed the races, but didn’t enjoy the crowds! (The 5K was the largest race) I hate feeling like I’m in a cattle herd waiting in the corrals.
    The event is a bit expensive ($200 or so for all 4 races), but I feel like I got my money’s worth. You get a shirt & medal for each race and a cold sweat towel at the finish line as well. With the Ultra Challenge, you also get a Challenge Jacket & medal.
    Would I do it again? Maybe.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    Evwatkins FIRST-TIMER '19

    I ran the Ultra Challenge (All 4 races). This was Race #1 of the 4. This event was on my bucket list for a while. After finishing 50 states, I've … MORE

    I ran the Ultra Challenge (All 4 races). This was Race #1 of the 4. This event was on my bucket list for a while. After finishing 50 states, I’ve begun to knock off these races. I’m not a fan of HUGE races. This certainly falls in that category. But the whole weekend was organized and managed very well. Aside from $20/day for parking (which is ridiculous!), I enjoyed this race series.
    EXPO: Really big and crowded. I got in, made one pass through the booths, and got out.
    COURSE: The courses are all the same (except for an extra loop for the Half), an out and back on Bayshore Blvd. Very pretty area with big houses. BUT, by the 4th race, I had memorized the order of houses and all the cracks in the pavement. :/ All four races had the same finish line, but the starting lines were all different (within 5-6 blocks or so.) Navigation was easy as there were lots of volunteers to point you in the right direction. Each race had corral areas well marked and manned with volunteers. I finished each day’s 1st race with enough time to walk to the car, refresh my bottle, grab some more GU and sit for a minute. Out on the course, there were a healthy amount of spectators and aid stations. They also had sprinklers which were most welcomed on Sunday (the hottest of the 2 days!) Plenty of toilets and volunteers.
    POST-RACE: The post race food at the finish line was water, Gatorade, bananas, fruit, fruit snacks, coke products. The post race party had more food options, but I didn’t go (it was in an adjacent park). After running 2 races each day in the HEAT!, I was done and just wanted a shower and rest. If it was closer, I would’ve probably walked through.
    MEDALS: Medals for each race were nice and colorful, as was the challenge medals (walked away with 5 medals for the weekend). The race had a table set up near the finish for challenge runners to “check in” their medals and retrieve them after the 2nd race. This was a nice touch, especially for those who were finishing race 1 and then quickly lining up for race 2.

    BOTTOM LINE: I enjoyed the races, but didn’t enjoy the crowds! (The 5K was the largest race) I hate feeling like I’m in a cattle herd waiting in the corrals.
    The event is a bit expensive ($200 for all 4 races), but I feel like I got my money’s worth. You get a shirt & medal for each race and a cold sweat towel at the finish line as well. With the Ultra Challenge, you also get a Challenge Jacket.
    Would I do it again? Maybe.

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    ktown68 FIRST-TIMER '18

    My first year doing this race. I ran the challenge (15K, 5K and Half). The expo was awesome (spent $$$) the bling was gorgeous and love the challenge jacket. The … MORE

    My first year doing this race. I ran the challenge (15K, 5K and Half). The expo was awesome (spent $$$) the bling was gorgeous and love the challenge jacket. The weather was great this year (2018), a but warm but overall cant complain. The negatives would have to be that all 3 races ran up and down Bayshore – would have liked more variety. Also, the food at the finish was super crowded but the beer and music was at a completely different location 2 blocks away. Much more room to move at the party. Would do it again.

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    ktown68 FIRST-TIMER '18

    My first year doing this race. I ran the challenge (15K, 5K and Half). The expo was awesome (spent $$$) the bling was gorgeous and love the challenge jacket. The … MORE

    My first year doing this race. I ran the challenge (15K, 5K and Half). The expo was awesome (spent $$$) the bling was gorgeous and love the challenge jacket. The weather was great this year (2018), a but warm but overall cant complain. The negatives would have to be that all 3 races ran up and down Bayshore – would have liked more variety. Also, the food at the finish was super crowded but the beer and music was at a completely different location 2 blocks away. Much more room to move at the party. Would do it again.

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    amarchet FIRST-TIMER '18

    The race starts in the dark so you get to have an amazing sunrise. Firebreathing jugglers, rock-n-roll music, and cheering squads throughout the race. Best part was the amazing brunch … MORE

    The race starts in the dark so you get to have an amazing sunrise. Firebreathing jugglers, rock-n-roll music, and cheering squads throughout the race. Best part was the amazing brunch served by Columbia Resturant (best Cuban food ever). Never finished a race with such food. Oh did I mention the SWAG. Best medal earned next to my MCM medal!!

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    kgaule FIRST-TIMER '18

    I'm sure some people loved it, but for someone who lives and trains in New England, the 90% humidity and temps in the 80's made for a tough race, especially … MORE

    I’m sure some people loved it, but for someone who lives and trains in New England, the 90% humidity and temps in the 80’s made for a tough race, especially the last three miles. The course was great, mostly flat and nice scenery, although with a 6:00am start time we didn’t see much for the first 30 minutes! You can’t control the weather so I’m looking forward to running this race again next year with different results. And oh, they have one of the coolest finisher medals!!

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    jscavino FIRST-TIMER '11

    -This is a very popular race. I have done it twice and I live in the Tampa area. -AWESOME race medal -Various distances offered over the weekend so you can … MORE

    -This is a very popular race. I have done it twice and I live in the Tampa area.
    -AWESOME race medal
    -Various distances offered over the weekend so you can get extra medals and extra goodies. Beware–challenge jackets are usually horribly ugly!
    -Expensive race compared to other races
    -Lots of runners so expect to be in a bottleneck the first 2-3 miles.
    -Flat course
    -Lots of volunteers and crowds

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    abbfla66 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Always well organized with great medals, etc. It's just sometimes far too hot. Definitely one to do if you love Florida. Also, there are lots and lots of pirates! MORE

    Always well organized with great medals, etc. It’s just sometimes far too hot. Definitely one to do if you love Florida. Also, there are lots and lots of pirates!

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    runbullardsrun FIRST-TIMER '15

    We actually ran the Michelob Ultra Challenge, which means we ran the 15K, 5k, half marathon, and 8K all in one weekend. For more details about race shirts, finisher medals, … MORE

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    Pmontele FIRST-TIMER '15

    Very flat course around Davis Island (though in the dark) and along Tampa Bay. Well organized, lots of cool swag and awesome Expo. Did Micholob Ultra challenge (15K/5K Saturday, Half/8K … MORE

    Very flat course around Davis Island (though in the dark) and along Tampa Bay. Well organized, lots of cool swag and awesome Expo. Did Micholob Ultra challenge (15K/5K Saturday, Half/8K Sunday) so not concerned with time. Really enjoyable race weekend!

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