Below are frequently asked questions concerning the Skyway 10K. Please review the answers below to address many of the questions you may have. Please be sure to check back with our Facebook page and website, and follow us on social media to stay up to date on the 2nd Annual Skyway 10K and related events and announcements.
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THE RACE QUESTIONS
Who does the race benefit?
The 2019 Skyway 10K benefits the Armed Forces Families Foundation. One hundred percent of all proceeds from this race go to projects supporting our military and their families.
HOW MUCH DOES THIS RACE COST?
General Registration: $80.00
VIP Admission: $300.00
VIP Guest Passes: $220.00
WHERE IS TROPICANA FIELD?
Tropicana Field is located at 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33705. All pre-race and race day events will be held at Tropicana Field Parking Lot 7.
WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE ON RACE DAY?
Plan to arrive an hour before your designated race time.
WILL THERE BE AWARDS?
There will be custom age group awards and King and Queen of the Hill.
HOW WILL I BE TIMED?
Each participant will have a timing chip adhered to his or her race bib.
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.
WHAT IS ALLOWED ON THE COURSE?
Cell phones and GoPros (along with accompanying chest and head straps) will be permitted on the race course this year.
WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED ON THE COURSE?
Animals, backpacks, strollers, anything that is a weapon or could be construed as a weapon, water bottles that race officials cannot see through, glass and glass water bottles, GoPro extensions, and selfie sticks are NOT permitted on the race course.
WHAT KIND OF WATER BOTTLE CAN I BRING?
Race officials must be able to see through the water bottle, and bottles can be no larger than 24 ounces.
FIRST TIME RACING QUESTIONS
WHAT IF THIS IS MY FIRST RACE?
Welcome! This race is for runners and walkers of all levels.
HOW LONG IS A 10K?
A 10K run is 10 kilometers long, which is the equivalent of 6.2 miles. The distance from the South rest area to the North rest area of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is 6.2 miles.
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 base of the incline by 9:30 AM will not be allowed to continue the race.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN MY REGISTRATION?
Registration includes a commemorative race T-shirt and finishing medal.
ARE THERE ANY DISCOUNTS?
With 100 percent of all proceeds benefiting the Armed Forces Families Foundation, there are no discounts offered for the Skyway 10K. Thanks to all participants for their support of our military and their families.
IS THERE A WAITLIST?
IF I RAN IN THE INAUGURAL RACE AND/OR WAS A VIP RACER IN 2018, DO I GET FIRST PRIORITY ON REGISTRATION FOR THE 2019 SKYWAY 10K?
Because this race benefits the Armed Forces Families Foundation, we want everyone to have the same opportunity to support our military members and their families and therefore we will not be providing any preference to participants from last year.
WHEN DOES REGISTRATION OPEN?
September 13, 2018 at 1 PM EST.
CAN I GET A REFUND?
No. No exceptions. Your registration cost will be donated to the Armed Forces Families Foundation to support military members and their families. If you would like to transfer your bib number, you may do so for a $30 transfer fee until December 31, 2018.
DO I NEED MY PHOTO I.D. ON RACE DAY?
WHAT TIME WILL THE BRIDGE CLOSE ON RACE DAY?
The northbound span of the bridge will close at 3:30 AM on Sunday, March 3, 2019, and will reopen at 11 AM sharp. The south bound lanes will remain open throughout the entire race.
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 four percent grade. The center of the bridge’s tower to the center of the bridge’s other tower is 1,200 feet.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED WITHOUT RUNNING?
We are in need of volunteers! If interested, please sign up HERE.
WHAT IS THE AGE REQUIREMENT?
Volunteers must be 16 years or older (if under 18, an adult must register for and accompany them). If you have a volunteer under 16 years of age who would like to help, please email email@example.com for consideration.
Bridge Support Volunteers MUST be 18 years or older.
Post-Race Party Volunteers MUST be 21 years or older.
HOW DO I REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER?
All registration is online. Visit the volunteer page to sign up for the volunteer post that is best for you.
CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR MORE THAN ONE TASK?
Absolutely, and we certainly appreciate your enthusiasm! You are more than welcome to volunteer for both pre-event and day-of-race positions if you like.
WHERE AND WHEN WILL I BE VOLUNTEERING?
The Skyway 10K Bridge Run requires more than 500 volunteers in a variety of different dates, time, locations and responsibilities. As a result, there is no shortage of opportunities available for enthusiastic and supportive volunteers.
When registering, please make sure you read the descriptions fully and note the time of each shift. We will be communicating with volunteers in late February as a reminder of your commitment and to provide you with additional details regarding your expectations and duties for your volunteer shift(s).
WHAT DO I GET FOR VOLUNTEERING?
Volunteers will receive a volunteer t-shirt, the ability to support thousands of runners across an iconic bridge with a front-row seat to one of the most breathtaking settings and unique 10K races in the country, all while being an integral part of an event where 100% of all registration fee dollar goes to fund projects that support the families of our service men and women.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY VOLUNTEER JOB?
Please make sure to read ALL emails regarding your volunteer duties and follow up with any questions from the Volunteer Director. It is imperative that you know where you are supposed to be and when, that you allow for plenty of time to arrive prior to the start of your shift (including coffee, restroom, parking, and traffic), and that you arrive well-rested and enthusiastic to support these race participants and a wonderful cause!
WHAT DO I DO WHEN I SHOW UP TO VOLUNTEER?
You must check-in at the Volunteer Tent (unless otherwise instructed) at the Tropicana Field Parking Lot, where the General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Race Expo is held. The Volunteer Director will provide you with your t-shirt, and your Zone Captain will escort you to your volunteer location, providing any instructions necessary to complete your volunteer duties.
WHAT DO I BRING WITH ME WHEN I VOLUNTEER?
Please check the weather in advance and plan accordingly. Please make sure that you bring water, comfortable shoes, snacks, sunscreen, and anything else you may need during your shift.
ARE GROUPS WELCOME?
Volunteer groups of all ages are encouraged! If you have a team, club, or organization that would like to volunteer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
IF I AM RACING, CAN I ALSO VOLUNTEER?
Yes! You can participate at pre-event volunteer opportunities such as Packet & Goodie Bag Stuffing at the beginning of Race Week, or Packet Pick-Up at the General Dynamic Ordnance and Tactical Systems Race Expo on the day before the Race. However, you cannot volunteer on the day of the race and also expect to participate in the Skyway 10K Bridge Run. All volunteer shifts in the day of the event (Sunday, March 3rd, 2019) will overlap with the actual race event.
CAN I BRING MY FRIEND/CHILD/PET WITH ME WHEN I VOLUNTEER?
Unfortunately, no. Only registered volunteers will be allowed on-site due to safety and security concerns for the event. However, if you have a friend or child over the age of 16 (subject to the age restrictions on certain volunteer duties) that is interested in helping, please have them register as a volunteer!
We do, however, ask that young children sit this event out. If your child is under 16, but is able and willing to complete a volunteer task with you, it is required that you please email email@example.com for approval.
We love dogs and other pets, but require that you leave them at home during your volunteer shift.
WHERE WILL I PARK?
All volunteer parking will be at Tropicana Field. You will receive an email prior to your volunteer shift with specific information regarding the Tropicana Field Parking Lot that will serve as our designated Volunteer Parking Area.
RACE LOGISTIC QUESTIONS
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 northbound span of the bridge will close at 3:30 AM on Sunday, March 3, 2019, and will reopen at 11 AM sharp. The southbound lanes will remain open throughout the entire race.
CAN MY PACKET BE MAILED TO ME?
During the online registration process, there will be a mailed packet option available for an additional $30 fee. They will be mailed out the second week in February.
Where do I pick up my race packet and bib number?
Participants MUST pick up their packet during our General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Pre-Race Expo at Tropicana Field on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Absolutely NO packets can be picked up on the day of the race, Sunday, March 3, 2019. Every participant is responsible for picking up their own packet.
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO MAKE ANY CHANGES TO MY REGISTRATION, SUCH AS SHIRT SIZE, TRANSFERRING MY BIB TO SOMEONE ELSE, OR CHANGING MY ADDRESS?
Any changes to your registration or transfers of your racing bib to another participant must be completed by December 31, 2018. Please check back for more information on bib transfers, which will require a $30 transfer fee.
WHERE DOES THE RACE COURSE START AND FINISH?
The Skyway 10K is point-to-point from Manatee County to Pinellas County running northbound. Racers will be bused to the start line on the bridge. Once over the bridge, buses will be waiting at the finish line to take racers 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 their race bibs to be allowed on the buses and onto the race 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 from the finish line after completion of the 10K course.
WHAT IF I'M LATE TO MY BUS?
Participants must be on time for their designated race departure. Late participants may not ride a later bus due to strict safety guidelines.
WHAT IF I'M LATE AND MISS MY BUS?
Because of strict time constraints, participants arriving late will not be allowed to race.
WHERE SHOULD I PUT MY CLOTHES BEFORE MY RACE?
Since there will be NO bags allowed on the course, registration to the Skyway 10K includes a bag check. 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 consider the time it takes to check a bag and treat it as if it were airport security. If participants miss their bus wave because they were getting their bag checked, that is THEIR responsibility.
It is advised to leave belongings at home or in cars, if possible. Participants will not be allowed on the bus if they try to bring a bag.
WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE DAY OF THE RACE?
Plan to arrive an hour before your designated race time.
I'M UNABLE TO RUN, CAN SOMEONE ELSE WEAR MY NUMBER?
No. However, for a $30 transfer fee, participants may transfer bibs until December 31, 2018.
CAN I TRANSFER MY SKYWAY 10K BIB TO ANOTHER PARTICIPANT?
We are allowing bib transfers this year. Bib transfers will be permitted until December 31, 2018 for a $30 transfer fee.
WHERE CAN SPECTATORS OBSERVE THE RACE?
There will be no spectators on the bridge. Because of strict security measures, we cannot allow spectators on-site at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. However, there will be a spectator area at Tropicana Field Parking Lot 7.
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.
You will have the opportunity to download the Skyway 10K app (coming soon!) and allow for push notifications if you wish to be notified in real time of any weather or other important race updates and information.
WHAT IF I ORDERED THE WRONG SIZE SHIRT?
Participants may change their shirt size on their registration until December 31, 2018. At Packet Pick Up, during the General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Pre-Race Expo, participants will be given the shirt size they registered for without exception.
WILL THERE BE WATER?
Pre-race water is provided at Tropicana Field. There will be three water stations on the race course. There will be water on the return buses and water at the Tropicana Field finish area.
WILL THERE BE FOOD?
Participants will be provided with post-race snacks in the Tropicana Field finish area as well as food for purchase at Tropicana Field Parking Lot 7.
WHAT TIME ARE EACH OF THE BUS WAVES?
Buses leave Tropicana Field at the following times:
Bus Wave 1: 5:00 AM
Bus Wave 2: 5:45 AM
Bus Wave 3: 6:45 AM
Bus Wave 4: 7:15 AM
WHAT IS BEING PROVIDED ON RACE DAY?
On Race Day, some of our sponsors will be providing the following:
- Einstein’s Bagel Bros: Bagels and coffee
- Trader Joe’s: Bananas
- Pepsi: Chips and water
Check back for more updates!
GENERAL DYNAMICS ORDNANCE AND TACTICAL SYSTEMS EXPO QUESTIONS
WHERE IS THE GENERAL DYNAMICS ORDNANCE AND TACTICAL SYSTEMS EXPO HELD?
At Tropicana Field Parking Lot 7 in beautiful Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida on Saturday, March 2, 2019.
WHERE DO I PARK FOR THE GENERAL DYNAMICS ORDNANCE AND TACTICAL SYSTEMS EXPO AND FOR RACE DAY?
Tropicana Field Parking Lot 7 will be utilized for the General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Expo, Race Day parking, Race Day pick-up and drop-off point for racers before and after the race, and spectator area during the race. Racers may also park their cars during the General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems Expo and on Race Day at Tropicana Field for no additional cost.