The Gasparilla Distance Classic, coming up Feb. 26-27, is the one event a year that forces me to get back into healthier habits. I’ve run the 15K (9.3-mile) race at Gasparilla pretty regularly over the past 15 years, and it helps me recommit each winter to doing longer runs and being more fit.
Three race facts you might not know:
– Of the 30,000+ participants last year, the oldest was 94.
– As of last year, seven runners had run in every Gasparilla since its 1978 inception.
– The race’s charitable contributions have grown to over $300,000 annually.