Below are answers to some of our frequently asked questions.
How long is a 10K?
A 10K run is 10 kilometers long, which is the equivalent of 6.2 miles (the length of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge).
What if this is my first race?
Welcome! This race is for runners and walkers of all levels. We are so glad your first race will be with us!
Here are some additional facts regarding the elevation of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, courtesy of FDOT:
- The elevation of the profile grade line for the flat trestle spans is 26 feet above mean sea level
- The top of the barrier wall at the center of the main span is 200 feet above mean sea level
- The slope of either side of the main span is a 4% grade
- Center of tower to center of tower is 1,200 feet
Can I walk the race?
We welcome walkers and runners of all levels! However, please be aware of strict time constraints. Participants that do not reach the southern base of the bridge within a specific timeframe will not be allowed to continue the race. That specified timeframe will be available soon, so please check back and follow us on social media for more details and to stay up-to-date.
How many participants can be in the race this year?
We are very excited to announce that we are increasing participation to 8,000 registrants for the 2019 Skyway 10K race.
What time will the bridge close on race day?
The bridge will close at 3:30 AM on Sunday, March 3rd, 2019. You will need to make travel plans to Tropicana Field accordingly, if needed.
Who does the race benefit?
The 2019 Skyway 10K benefits the Armed Forces Families Foundation. 100 percent of all proceeds from this race will go to projects supporting our military and their families.
What’s included in my registration?
Registration includes a commemorative race shirt and finishing medal!
Is there a discount?
As 100 percent of all proceeds go to the Armed Forces Families Foundation, there are no discounts offered for the Skyway 10K. Thank you for your support of our military and their families!
Can I register for someone else?
Yes, participants may register for as many people as they would like, but they MUST make sure to provide accurate information for each registration.
How can I get involved without running?
We are in need of sponsors and volunteers. If you are interested, please sign up HERE!
You don't have to run to make a difference. Visit our volunteer page for more information on becoming a member of our 2019 Skyway 10K Volunteer Crew!
Where do I pick up my race packet and bib number?
Packets will be available for pick up during our Pre-Race Expo at Tropicana Field on Saturday, March 2, 2019. At a later date, options will be made available for race packets to be mailed to registered participants prior to Race Day. Absolutely NO packets can be picked up on the day of the race. Please note that every participant is responsible for picking up their own packet.
Where is the Pre-Race Expo held?
At Tropicana Field in beautiful Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.
Where is Tropicana Field?
Tropicana Field is located at 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33705.
Where do I park for the Pre-Race Expo and for day of the race?
Tropicana Field parking lot will be utilized as a parking lot, pick-up, and drop-off point for runners before and after the race. Runners may also park their cars at Tropicana Field at no additional cost.
Where does the race course start and finish?
The Skyway 10K is point-to-point from Manatee County to Pinellas County running northbound. Runners will be bussed to the starting point in Terra Ceia in Manatee County from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. Once over the bridge, buses will be waiting at the finish line to take runners back to Tropicana Field.
How do I get to the start line?
The ONLY way for race participants to reach the start line is to be on their designated bus from Tropicana Field. Participants must wear race (bib) numbers to be allowed in the shuttles and onto the course. Buses will take participants from Tropicana Field over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to the start line in Manatee County and will bus them back after completion of the 10K course from the finish area.
Participants must be on-time for their designated race departure. Late participants may not be able to ride a later bus due to strict safety guidelines.
What time should I arrive day of the race?
Race participants must adhere to their designated departure times which shall be provided at a later date.
Are strollers allowed?
Baby joggers, baby strollers, skateboards, rollerblades, unauthorized bicycles or any other wheeled devices will not be permitted. This race is for ages 16 and up.
Are wheelchairs allowed?
The use of wheeled devices by participants or any other person authorized to be on the course is strictly limited to (a) authorized and registered wheelchair and hand-cycle participants, and (b) authorized course marshals on bicycles.
Where should I put my clothes before the race?
Since there will be NO bags allowed on the course, the Skyway 10K will include a bag check during registration. One bag per person may be checked at Tropicana Field on the morning of the race. Please be aware that every bag is subject to inspection before entering Tropicana Field.
All participants should please consider the time it takes to check a bag and treat it as if it were airport security. If you miss your bus wave because you were checking your bag, that is YOUR responsibility.
It is advised to leave belongings at home/in cars, if possible. Participants will not be allowed on the shuttle if they try to bring a bag.
Will there be awards?
There will be custom age group awards. Please check back and follow us on social media for more details.
How will I be timed?
Each participant will be provided a timing chip.
I'm unable to run, can someone else wear my number?
What else is not allowed on the course?
Electronics*, animals, cash, valuables, backpacks, glass, or weapons.
*cellular devices and GoPros are allowed
Where can spectators observe the race?
Because of strict security measures, we cannot allow spectators on site at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. However, we will televise the race on a jumbotron to allow spectators to view their loved ones from Tropicana Field. Please check back or follow us on social media for additional updates!
What if I'm late?
Because of strict time constraints, participants arriving late will not be allowed to race. We welcome you to start the post-race party early.
Will the race be canceled if the weather is bad?
In the event of inclement weather or other circumstances, the Skyway 10K team will make a decision prior to the departure of the first bus regarding the status of the race for high wind, lightning, and inclement weather.
What if I ordered the wrong size shirt?
Participants may purchase another shirt at the pre-race expo prior to the race. There will be a limited number of extra shirts available. If an extra shirt in the correct size is available at that time, exchanges will be allowed.
Will there be water?
Participants WILL have access to water in the start area and in self-serve refill stations throughout the course. At the finish line, Skyway 10K will then provide each athlete with a bottle of water.
Will there be food?
Participants will be provided with after-race snacks and will have the opportunity to purchase more food from our vendors back at Tropicana Field.