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Sold out Sunshine Skyway running race will be televised, runners to get a free beer

The Sunshine Skyway, which crosses Tampa Bay, will be the site of a 10 km running race on March 4. MONICA HERNDON | Times
Published Feb. 8, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG — It's too late to sign up to run in an upcoming 10-kilometer race over the Sunshine Skyway bridge, but fans can still get in on the fun.

The Skyway 10k Saluting Military Families, put on by the Armed Forces Families Foundation, will feature free concerts at Tropicana Field and be televised live, organizers announced. The foundation hopes to raise more than $500,000 for military families from the March 4 race.

At the stadium, where runners will meet first thing in the morning in the morning, spectators will be able to watch live feeds of the race and enjoy free concerts from bands NoNeed and Stonegrey.

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Those who stay home can also watch the race between 6 and 7:30 a.m. on 10News WTSP. Anchor Allison Kropff and meteorologist Grant Gilmore will participate.

"How the heck am I gonna train for this..." Kropff tweeted Tuesday.

We are one month away from the @Skyway10K! How the heck am I gonna train for this...#skyway10k pic.twitter.com/h4djBI1Tm7

I'm told @wtsp will be broadcasting the @Skyway10K #TimeToTrain #runteam10 #SkyWay10k pic.twitter.com/6uSCUx72WO

The race will start at sunrise at the rest stop on the Manatee County side of the bridge.

Event spokesman James Judge said Thursday that any runners must show up to Tropicana Field in time to board their bus to the starting line. "Whatever bus time that they're slated for, they have to make that bus, that wave," he said.

That means runners coming from Bradenton or other areas south of St. Petersburg cannot simply show up at the starting point. They will need to either drive north across the bridge before it closes at 4 a.m. or make their way around Tampa Bay.

Once participants finish, they'll be rewarded with a free beer from Sea Dog Brewing Company and coffee and snacks from Einstein Bros. Bagels.

Organizers announced plans for the race, which will cause a rare partial shutdown of I-275, in December. Five days later, the foundation said it had sold out.

"We are grateful and humbled by the tremendous outpouring of support and the level of interest in the inaugural Skyway 10k," Thaddeus Foster, a board member of the foundation, said in a December release.

Contact Langston Taylor at 727-893-8659 or ltaylor@tampabay.com. Follow @langstonitaylor.

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