ABOUT THE RACE
RACE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
On Sunday, March 6, 2022, the Skyway 10K returns! Runners and walkers of all levels will once again have the opportunity to cross over the span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. In its fifth year, the iconic bridge, covering three Florida counties, will serve as the breathtaking setting and 6.2-mile course for an incredible race experience.
In 2021, the virtual Skyway 10K raised over $134,000 for the Armed Forces Families Foundation (AFFF), and to date, more than $1.8 million total has been raised for the Armed Forces Families Foundation by the Skyway 10K. For the 5th Annual Skyway 10K Bridge Run, 100 percent of all race registration fees will once again benefit the AFFF and support our military and their families!
General Registration for the 2022 Skyway 10K will be based on a lottery, through which hopeful runners will need to register when it opens on Monday, October 18th at Skyway10K.com.
The first 2,000 runners who participated virtually in the 4th Annual Virtual Skyway 10K earlier this year will be provided Priority Registration.
The price of general admission registration is $80 per person, non-refundable, and there will be a total of 8,000 registration spots, with 7,500 of those spots designated as general admission and the remaining 500 designated as VIP. Again, 2,000 of those general admission spots will be allocated to those first 2,000 runners who participated in the 2021 Virtual Skyway 10K.
VIP registration will cost $300 per person and features access to free food and drinks, VIP restrooms, a gaming area, and VIP swag at the VIP tent on race weekend, both during the race expo on Saturday and on race day on Sunday at Tropicana Field.
Unlike the 2021 race, which was held virtually, the 2022 race is scheduled to resume being held in person. However, race officials will continue to monitor guidance and recommendations from the CDC and the Florida Department of Health.
Please be sure to check back and follow us on social media to stay apprised of the latest updates.
UPGRADE TO A VIP EXPERIENCE TO RECEIVE AMAZING VIP BENEFITS
All VIP registrants will be provided exclusive benefits throughout race weekend as indicated below.
PLEASE NOTE: All VIP events and benefits are only for those participants who pay for VIP Registrations. All-Inclusive Guest Passes will be available for those that access the VIP area but will not be participating in the Skyway 10K – please check back for pricing.
- $300 VIP Registration
- Children three years of age and under may attend the VIP events for no additional cost. They must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.
VIP Registration* Includes:
- 1 10K Race entry [VIP race bib with timing chip, commemorative shirt, finisher’s medal, and access to post-race party]
- 1 entry into VIP Luxury Tent during Race Expo- Saturday, March 5, 2022
- 1 entry into VIP Luxury Tent on Race Day for Post-Race Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar- Sunday, March 6
- Guaranteed first choice from Bus Waves 1-4
- Hassle-Free VIP Packet Mailing [race bib with timing chip, commemorative shirt, VIP goodie bag]
- VIP Bag Check on Race Day, March 6
- Opportunity to purchase VIP Guest Passes
- VIP Luxury Tent will be heated/cooled and will feature an open bar, buffet-style food, live race stream, games, lounge, and upgraded, private VI-Potties!
- Note: VIP Luxury Tent access is for the registration holder ONLY; children under 3 are allowed in the tent but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
ARMED FORCES FAMILIES FOUNDATION
100 Percent of all Skyway 10K race registration dollars will benefit the AFFF, going directly toward projects to support military families.
TO DATE, THE SKYWAY 10K HAS RAISED MORE THAN $1.8 MILLION FOR THE ARMED FORCES FAMILIES FOUNDATION IN ITS FIRST FOUR YEARS.
We all know that the first line of support for our troops is their families. Oftentimes those family members don’t have the support they need to endure the difficulties surrounding months or years of deployment. The Armed Forces Families Foundation was established to help give these families a sense of community support and well-being while their loved ones are away fighting for our freedom.
100 PERCENT OF ALL DONATIONS RECEIVED BY THE AFFF ARE USED TO FUND PROJECTS TO SUPPORT OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES.
The Armed Forces Families Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that utilizes 100 percent of funds to give back to local communities to support military families. The AFFF is comprised of a 100 percent volunteer-based organization, which enables the Foundation to operate without any overhead costs. With over $3.8 million raised, the AFFF strives to continue to make a difference in our military communities.
The commitment of the AFFF has led to the completion of over 50 infrastructure projects that will benefit the families of our service men and women for years to come. Our focus is primarily on areas of significant need which often fall outside the tight budget constraints of the military and its family support organizations. All funds remain local so donors can see their dollars at work. Please visit armedforcesfamilies.org for more information or to make a donation.
ABOUT THE BRIDGE
THE BOB GRAHAM SUNSHINE SKYWAY BRIDGE
The Sunshine Skyway was the longest segmental cable-stayed bridge in the Western Hemisphere when it opened in 1987. It was the first of its kind in the United States – a cable-stayed bridge with single pylons and single planes of stays. Since then, its groundbreaking design and majestic beauty have been recognized with 18 awards, including the 1988 Presidential Award for Design Excellence through the National Endowment for the Arts.
Soaring pylons and brilliant yellow cables support the main span, designed by FIGG Bridge Group. The Skyway is not only beautiful, it’s strong! The 1,200-foot-long main span is made of precast concrete segments, each 95 foot wide and weighing up to 220 tons, both record-breaking sizes at the time of construction. Its design also protects against ship collisions and hurricane force winds.
The Skyway is the proud gateway to MacDill Air Force Base and to Hillsborough County, home to the most veterans and active military in Florida. We salute you!
To see more great bridges, visit FIGG Bridge Group.
Excerpted from Bridges: A History of the World’s Most Spectacular Spans by Judith Dupre.
Skyway 10K Poster Contest
Every year countless local artists, photographers, and designers are invited to submit artwork for consideration to be the official poster of the Skyway 10K Bridge Run. And every year we receive incredible, diverse, and patriotic pieces.
2021 Winner: Leandro Castro
Originally from Rio, Brazil, Leandro Castro is a graphic designer living in St. Petersburg. He is a graduate from the University of Dayton, in Ohio. Since graduating with a Visual Communication Design degree 16 years ago, Leandro has worked as a creative designer for agencies and corporations. In his spare time, you can find Leandro, trying new, local restaurants, enjoying our beautiful beaches, and kayaking with his wife Kristy, and two rescue dogs. As the two-time winner for the poster contest, Leandro is grateful to be associated with an organization that fully supports our service members and their families!
Previous Contest Winners
2020 Winner: Leandro Castro
Originally from Rio, Brazil, Leandro Castro is a graphic designer living in St. Petersburg. He is a graduate from the University of Dayton, in Ohio. Since graduating with a Visual Communication Design degree 15 years ago, Leandro has worked as a creative designer for agencies and corporations. In his spare time, you can find Leandro, trying new, local restaurants, enjoying our beautiful beaches, and kayaking with his wife Kristy, and two rescue dogs.
2019 Winner: Michael Sherard
Sherard is a graphic designer and photographer with a studio in South Tampa. He grew up as an Army brat in Germany and Orlando which gave him an immense respect for the military. Mike graduated from Ringling College of Art and Design and the New York Institute of Photography and has designed over 400 trademarks for local and national clients. He is a member of the TroutCreek Trailrunners who run in various parks and trails around Tampa Bay and is looking forward to running the Skyway bridge with his fellow trail runners, his daughter Allie and son-in-law Adam.