PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — The Skyway 10K race is nearly here! It was held virtually due to the pandemic last year, but this year the fun returns in person this Sunday! Here's what you need to know.
WHAT IS IT?
The Skyway 10K has raised more than $3.8 million for the AFFF.
Around 8,000 racers will make the trek across the bridge for this cause.
Racers do not need to run the race. They can walk and enjoy the stunning views!
Racers will be provided with light refreshments, like snacks and beverages, and more food will be available to purchase.
WHERE SHOULD I GO?
Racers should meet at Tropicana Field. Parking will be available in Parking Lot 7 for no cost.
Busses will take them over the bridge to the starting point in Manatee County.
When racers are finished, they will be shuttled back to Tropicana Field.
If you are there to support a runner, you should still go to Tropicana Field for all of the post-race celebrations!
WHEN IS IT?
Runners should have received a scheduled bus departure time. They are encouraged to arrive at Tropicana Field at lease one hour before that time.
There will be four waves of busses.
- Bus Wave A loads at 4:45 a.m. and will be fully departed by 5:30 a.m.
- Bus Wave B loads at 5:30 a.m. and will be fully departed by 6:10 a.m.
- Bus Wave C loads at 6:10 a.m. and will be fully departed by 6:50 a.m.
- Bus Wave D loads at 6:50 a.m. and will be fully departed by 7:30 a.m.
If you miss your bus, it is not guaranteed that you will be able to make it to the starting line and the Skyway 10K website makes it clear that there are no refunds.
Race day festivities run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Tropicana Field.
The northbound lanes of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge will close at 3:30 a.m. Sunday and reopen at 11 a.m. The southbound lanes will stay open. Drivers headed southbound are encouraged to drive safely and remain alert.
SKYWAY BRIDGE CLOSURE: On Sunday, March 6th the Sunshine Skyway bridge will close to northbound traffic from 3:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.— St. Pete Police (@StPetePD) March 1, 2022
The bridge closure is due to the annual Skyway 10K race. Please find alternative routes. pic.twitter.com/tvyfH6uVXo
There will be a pre-race expo on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Tropicana Field Parking Lot 7. Runners can pick up their race packets at that time. Racers are asked to bring a photo ID and their bib number. Anyone needing a friend or family member to pick up their packet will need to complete a third party packet pick-up form to authorize this.
THINGS TO KNOW
Water bottles must be clear and no larger than 24 ounces. No glass containers will be allowed. There will also be water stations throughout the course.
Selfie sticks, backpacks, strollers, baby joggers, skateboards, rollarblades, bicycles, weapons and animals will not be allowed on the course.
GoPro cameras will be allowed on a chest or head strap.