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44th Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race postponed until May 2021

Posted at 2:45 PM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 17:33:38-05

TAMPA, Fla- — The 44th Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic has been postponed to Mother's Day Weekend, May 7-9, 2021.

The decision was handed down on Thursday, December 10.

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Back in October, the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association announced plans for an in-person 2021 race.

"The Gasparilla Distance Classic Association's decisions made up to this point have been carefully vetted and not taken lightly. They've been based on the Association's love for Tampa Bay, and always with the knowing we would never act in a manner that would place the runners, walkers, volunteers, staff, City of Tampa personnel, or event sponsors in harm's way," said Executive Director, Susan C. Harmeling. "With Mayor Castor's support, instead of canceling the events, we're thrilled to be able to postpone race weekend in its entirety."

Mayor Jane Castor expressed support for the decision.

“With their 2021 race weekend planning, the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association has worked diligently to protect the health and wellbeing of Gasparilla’s runners, walkers, and the Tampa Bay community – postponing the 2021 events further demonstrates the Association’s commitment to our community.”

All participants who are currently registered for one or more of the 2021 events will be given the option of running in-person in May, or if they choose, converting their registration to run virtually.

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