TAMPA BAY, Fla. — Hey, runners! If you missed out on running across the famous Sunshine Skyway Bridge in March, don't worry because you'll soon have a second chance.
Race organizers announced the date and details for the second annual race Tuesday morning. The race will be held March 3, 2019 and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Armed Forces Families Foundation. Registration will open late summer 2018.
According to organizers, the sold-out inaugural Skyway 10K raised $560,000 for the Armed Forces Families Foundation.
"With over a year of planning and tremendous support from our sponsors, partners and private donors we are very proud to announce that every dollar of every registration fee is going back to support our military families," said Brian Horne, Event Director for the Skyway 10K. "This would not have been possible if not for the overwhelming support from our local communities to support such an iconic event."
"We are so grateful to the Skyway 10K organizers and volunteers, the city of St. Petersburg, the counties, government agencies, sponsors, partners and all of the race participants who made this possible," said Thaddeus Foster, a board member of the Armed Forces Families Foundation. "This race has more than doubled the funds available annually to the AFFF, and every penny will be used to contribute to projects that help our armed forces and their families within our communities."
In all, people from 40 states, three countries and all five branches of the United States armed forces participated in the run — which begins on I-275 at the rest area just south of the Skyway Bridge and ends at the rest area on the North side of the bridge, which equals 10 kilometers or 6.2 miles. It was the first running event across the Skyway Bridge since it opened in 1987.