Gasparilla Distance Classic Run Weekend February 26 & 27 Traffic Impact Notice

03/18/15
This notice is archived content and this information may no longer be accurate.
The 34th Running of the Publix Super Markets Gasparilla Distance Classic takes off Saturday, February 26th.

The following streets will be affected:
During the 15K, traffic on South Bayshore between Gandy Boulevard and Ballast Point Blvd., Price between Bayshore and South Quincy, South Quincy between Price and Ballast Point Blvd., and Ballast Point Blvd. between South Quincy and Bayshore will be impacted from 7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Please be patient and know the Tampa Police Department will reopen these streets as soon as possible.
Those living within the areas mentioned and who must leave their home during the road closure, please consider one of the following suggestions:
  • Residents living on Price between Bayshore and South Quincy, those on South Quincy between Price and Ballast Point Blvd. and on Ballast Point Blvd. between South Quincy & Bayshore, please park your vehicles either the night before or on Saturday morning prior to 7:00 a.m. on Price, west of South Quincy, on Ballast Point Blvd., west of South Quincy, or on South Quincy north of Price.
  • Residents living on South Bayshore between Gandy Blvd. and Price, please park your car either the night before or on Saturday morning prior to 7:00 a.m. on Marlin.

Saturday Race Schedule (note - all races start at Bayshore Blvd. & Verne St.):
  • Wheelchair 15K - 7:00 a.m.
  • 15K Open Men & Women - 7:05 a.m.
  • 5K Runner Start - 9:30 a.m.
  • 5K Walk & Stroller Roll - 9:50 a.m.

The 10th Running of the Gasparilla Half Marathon takes off Sunday, February 27th.

The first five miles of this 13.1-mile course begins on Davis Islands. The Davis Islands portion of the course includes the following streets: Davis Boulevard to Arbor, Arbor to Columbia, Columbia to Barbados, Barbados to Channel, Channel to South Davis Boulevard, South Davis to West Davis Boulevard, West Davis (south side of West Davis) to Davis Boulevard, Davis Boulevard (south side - one lane) off the Island via the Bayshore Boulevard Ramp. Traffic both on and off Davis Islands will ONLY be impacted from 5:45 a.m. until approximately 6:15 a.m. while the participants are entering the Island and making their way to Arbor Place.
Once the 6,000 plus participants have cleared Davis Boulevard and have turned onto Arbor, Davis Boulevard and both the Hyde Park Avenue and Plant Avenue Bridges will reopen and there will be a continuous flow of traffic both on and off the Island.
Please note, when leaving Davis Islands on Sunday, February 27, please follow these directions to reach downtown Tampa:
  • Exit Davis Islands via the Plant Avenue Bridge
  • Follow Plant Avenue to Kennedy Boulevard
  • Use Kennedy Boulevard to get into Downtown Tampa.

Sunday Race Schedule (note - the races start at Bayshore Blvd. & Verne St.):
Half Marathon Start - 6:00 a.m.
5 & 3K Start - 9:00 a.m.

If you need additional information, please call the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association Office at 813-254-7866 or visit the website at www.tampabayrun.com