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Skyway 10K goes virtual this year, but there are perks for 2022

The popular race usually sells out within hours of registration opening.
Runners head toward their final mile at the inaugural Skyway 10K race in 2018 across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The 10K is point-to-point from Manatee County to Pinellas County running northbound over bridge.
Runners head toward their final mile at the inaugural Skyway 10K race in 2018 across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The 10K is point-to-point from Manatee County to Pinellas County running northbound over bridge.
Published Feb. 10

The Skyway 10K will be virtual in 2021, but signing up for this popular race will get you some perks to cut in line for the 2022 version.

The race, which normally takes place on the northbound lanes of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, benefits the Armed Forces Families Foundation. The past three race registrations have sold out within hours of going online because of the attraction of running across the iconic bridge.

“Due to COVID-19, our priority is the safety and well-being of our participants, volunteers, and staff,” said Nick Peters, executive director of the Armed Forces Families Foundation.

Runners won’t get to trot across the bridge that spans Tampa Bay, but the first 2,000 registrants will be able to bypass next year’s lottery system and register for the Skyway 10K in 2022.

Aerial drone view of runners at the inaugural Skyway 10K in 2018 race across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Aerial drone view of runners at the inaugural Skyway 10K in 2018 race across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. [ "LUIS SANTANA | TIMES" | Tampa Bay Times (2018) ]

The virtual format takes place from March 6-31. Runners can print a 2021 race bib and run the race on their treadmill or anywhere that pedestrians are legally allowed to run.

“While we won’t be able to take in the extraordinary views from the top of the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge this year, we’re hopeful that people will be excited to participate in this event virtually and safely support our armed forces and their families,” the race announcement said.

Registration is open now at Skyway10K.com, and the fee is $55.

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