Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend Training Plans

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Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend Training Plans

Custom Training Plans are designed around you and the Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend course. We take into account variables that no other training plans can match because we know how important it is to achieve your specific Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend goals.

  • Expert Training Plans

    expert plans

    Developed by certified coaches with time-tested results.

  • Runner Specific Training Plans

    Runner Specific

    We know you’re unique. Your training plan should match.

  • Race Specific Training Plans

    race Specific

    Race profile, time of year, and altitude all factor into our plans.

  • Affordable Training Plans


    Custom plans shouldn’t cost more than the race itself.


In late February of each year, over 25,000 runners come together in Tampa, FL, for the Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend. There are four different distances available, making this race weekend a popular pick for runners of all ages and abilities. At Custom Training Plans, we offer Gasparilla 5K training plans, Gasparilla 8K training plans, Gasparilla 15K training plans, and Gasparilla Half Marathon training plans. Each of our distance- and course-specific programs include workouts that are customized not only to the course, but also to your current fitness level.

Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend Training Plan

The Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend also offers a variety of “challenges” where you can rack up extra miles – and extra medals. For example, the Ultra Challenge requires runners to complete all four races over the course of the weekend for a total of over 30 miles! But whether you choose to run the 5K, 8K, 15K, half marathon, or some combination of the four, you’ll enjoy the company of thousands of like-minded runners as you cover a flat, friendly course. Our training plans provide you with workouts at an intensity that’s just right for you, helping you to avoid injuries and burnout caused by overtraining.

With the exception of the half-marathon, each of the racecourses is an out-and-back on Bayshore Boulevard, bordering Tampa Bay. Each course passes some of the area’s most beautiful homes, giving runners a variety of fabulous scenery to enjoy as the course rolls by. The 5K, which registers more than 12,000 participants, follows an out-and-back course along Bayshore Boulevard. A crew of costumed cavalrymen known as the Tampa Rough Riders awaits runners at the halfway point, where they distribute beads and snacks from a festively decorated train trolley. The 8K and 15K follow similar routes down Bayshore Boulevard, with turnaround points adjusted to the appropriate distances.

The half marathon is the only course that deviates from Bayshore Boulevard’s out-and-back tour of Tampa Bay. The half marathon course first takes a five-mile detour onto Davis Island, where the route will pass the island’s famous Mediterraneanesque buildings and homes from the 1920s, painted in beautiful pastel colors that complement the blue of the ocean. Because the race starts early in the morning, racers are treated to a stunning island sunrise. Runners will also be able to glimpse the lights of the Harbour Island LightHouse across the Seddon Channel. At the south point of Davis Island, the route loops back toward the Mainland after passing Seaplane Basin Park. At the 5-mile mark, the course returns to Bayshore Boulevard, where the course follows an out-and-back, returning runners to the finish line.

Even in February, Tampa’s weather can be hot. Runners who have participated in past editions of the Gasparilla Distance Classic also cite the crosswinds coming off of Tampa Bay as one of the race’s most challenging features. Those coming from northern states will certainly notice the heat and humidity, but training thoroughly can prepare your body for the demands of hot and windy racing conditions. Following a program from Custom Training Plans allows you to build the type of strength and endurance you’ll need to beat the heat.

When you prepare for your Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend with Custom Training Plans, you get so much more than a mileage calendar. Every one of our workouts is designed to contribute to your overall race-day goals, whether that’s a PR or just to get to the finish line without walking. For example, we help you get ready with a 12-week Gasparilla Half Marathon training plan that includes running workouts that fold in sprints, hill repeats, and intervals, giving you so much more than a bare-bones mileage schedule. Along with your running workouts, our plans incorporate cross-training and mobility exercises that help you develop full-body fitness that supports your running goals. If your goal is to go from couch to half marathon, we offer a 20-week Gasparilla Half Marathon training plan that provides eight weeks of conditioning to help you feel ready on race day.

No matter what distance you’re registered for, it’s important to train with a program that can be customized to your level of fitness. If a training plan asks you to do too little, you risk showing up at the start line without the fitness you need to finish the race. However, overtraining can lead to injuries that stop you from getting to the start line in the first place. At Custom Training Plans, we work with professional trainers to ensure that each workout provides you with the right level of intensity. In addition, every training plan is tailored to the race itself. Whether you need a Gasparilla 5K training plan, a Gasparilla 8K training plan, a Gasparilla 15K training plan, or a Gasparilla Half Marathon training plan, trust Custom Training Plans to help you prepare safely and effectively.

Here’s what you’ll receive in your plan package:

  • Daily Plans


  • Pace Chart

    Pace chart

  • Lift Workouts

    Lift workouts

  • Coaching Letter

    Letter from your coach

  • Mobility Workouts

    Mobility workouts

  • RPE Chart

    RPE chart

  • Running Podcast


  • Motivational Emails

    Weekly motivation email

How Training Plans Work

How it works

  1. Complete our proprietary runner questionnaire so we can get to know you better.
  2. Your custom Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend plan is built based on advanced analytics with expert coaching oversight.
  3. Receive your custom Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend training plan, lifting + mobility guide, a letter from our coaches, and more within 24 hours.
  4. Finish the Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend with confidence.

Our method

  1. Certified Coaches

    With the expertise of USATF certified coaches and physical therapists, we built an advanced model to weigh the effects of runner-specific variables on training outcomes.

  2. Custom Race Profile

    We analyzed unique characteristics of hundreds of races across the country to build a “race profile” into our model that accounts for elevation gain, altitude, time of year, and more.

  3. Training Plan Model

    Our model generates a unique training plan for you and your race, and all plans are reviewed by a coach and hand-tweaked before they make their way to you.