Since 1978, more than 635,000 participants have crossed the Gasparilla Distance Classic finish line. This year, the Tampa Bay Times will be there every step of the way. Whether you'll be walking, skipping, jogging or sprinting across the 5K, 8K, 15K or half-marathon finish, join us by using #gasparillarun! Happy running!
Tampa Bay TimesTAMPA — When Ellie Pleune finished as the runnerup in last year's Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K by 19 seconds, she wasn't satisfied with her result.If anything, it drove her for more.
Tampa Bay TimesGoing to the Gasparilla Distance Classic? The annual running event is returning to Tampa on Saturday and Sunday. Here's a few things you'll need to know, including road closures, to help navigate your way around the races.Schedule of events
Tampa Bay TimesTAMPA — The final stretch of Meb Keflezighi's fabled running career will include a section of Bayshore Boulevard. From there, his finish line looms, a few more miles — and months — in the northerly distance.
Tampa Bay TimesTAMPA — Their tiny fraternity includes former postal workers and power lifters. They'll arrive at the starting line from north Tampa and North Carolina, Palm Harbor and Polk County. There's a Colombian, and an octogenarian. Some have great-grandchildren. All have great mettle.
Tampa Bay TimesThrill is gone for Kim MerrittTAMPA — Bill Rodgers, the famous marathoner, won the inaugural Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K in 1978. He'll compete in the event's 40th running Saturday.
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Are you running for booty this weekend? Share your photos from the Gasparilla Distance Classic with #GasparillaRun.
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Tampa Bay TimesJoan Benoit Samuelson is the greatest American women's marathon runner of all time. Period. She might be the world's greatest when you come right down to it. And she has come down from her home in Maine to take part in Gasparilla weekend. She might run as many as three races, including Saturday's 15K and Sunday's half marathon.
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