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Photos: Gasparilla Distance Classic

Thousands converged on downtown Tampa for the annual Gasparilla Distance Classic. Runners competed in several events of the weekend from 5k to a half marathon.
Betty Ashley, 97, pauses before she crosses the finish line during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 23, 2019. [TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]
Betty Ashley, 97, pauses before she crosses the finish line during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 23, 2019. [TAILYR IRVINE | Times]
Published Feb. 24, 2019
Volunteers help fill thousands of cups of water for runners before the start of the Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Volunteers help fill thousands of cups of water for runners before the start of the Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA | Times
Runners pause during the national anthem before the start of the Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Runners pause during the national anthem before the start of the Gasparilla Distance Classic 15K in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA | Times
Isabelle Lightwood collapses after winning the 5k section during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times
Isabelle Lightwood collapses after winning the 5k section during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE | Times
Runners make their way through the starting gate to begin the 15K race at the Gasparilla Distance Classic in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Runners make their way through the starting gate to begin the 15K race at the Gasparilla Distance Classic in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA | Times
Josh Keenan leaps across the finish line next to Seth Martinez during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times
Josh Keenan leaps across the finish line next to Seth Martinez during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE | Times
From left, Jamie Heuer, a man listed as Cookie Monster and Paul Kurtz cross the finish line during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times
From left, Jamie Heuer, a man listed as Cookie Monster and Paul Kurtz cross the finish line during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE | Times
Thousands of runners race along Bayshore Blvd. during the Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Thousands of runners race along Bayshore Blvd. during the Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA | Times
Clifton C. Griffiths kisses his wife Althea J Griffiths after they completed the race during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times
Clifton C. Griffiths kisses his wife Althea J Griffiths after they completed the race during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE | Times
Thousands of runners race along Bayshore Blvd. during the Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Thousands of runners race along Bayshore Blvd. during the Gasparilla Distance Classic 5K in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA | Times
John Hall cools off with a wet towel during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Tampa. Volunteers passed out wet towels to the racers after they finished the race. TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times
John Hall cools off with a wet towel during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Tampa. Volunteers passed out wet towels to the racers after they finished the race. TAILYR IRVINE | Times
Mary Britain sprints toward the finish line during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times
Mary Britain sprints toward the finish line during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE | Times
The elite runners lead thousands of runners lined up at the starting for half marathon during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 24, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times
The elite runners lead thousands of runners lined up at the starting for half marathon during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 24, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE | Times
Thousands of runners begin the half marathon race at day two of the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Thousands of runners begin the half marathon race at day two of the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA | Times
Thousands of runners begin the half marathon race at day two of the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Thousands of runners begin the half marathon race at day two of the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA | Times
Thousands of runners begin the half marathon race at day two of the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Thousands of runners begin the half marathon race at day two of the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA | Times
Runners race along Bayshore Blvd during the 8K race at day two of the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Runners race along Bayshore Blvd during the 8K race at day two of the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA | Times
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John Hall cools off with a wet towel during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Saint Petersburg. Volunteers passed out wet towels to the racers after they finished the race.
TAILYR IRVINE | Times John Hall cools off with a wet towel during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in Saint Petersburg. Volunteers passed out wet towels to the racers after they finished the race.
Jocelyn Karas collapses after completing the half marathon during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 24, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times
Jocelyn Karas collapses after completing the half marathon during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 24, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE | Times


Emmanuel Coker runs during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 24, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times
Emmanuel Coker runs during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 24, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE | Times
Natalie Dyrli and Jessica Campbell chest bump after finishing the half marathon during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 24, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times
Natalie Dyrli and Jessica Campbell chest bump after finishing the half marathon during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 24, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE | Times
Joseph Abraham kisses Lely Abraham after finishing the half marathon during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 24, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times
Joseph Abraham kisses Lely Abraham after finishing the half marathon during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 24, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE | Times
Brittany Higgins, 34 of Clearwater crosses the finish line of the 8K race in second place at day two of the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Brittany Higgins, 34 of Clearwater crosses the finish line of the 8K race in second place at day two of the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA | Times
Radica Madhosingh smiles as she eyes the finish line in the half marathon during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 24, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times
Radica Madhosingh smiles as she eyes the finish line in the half marathon during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 24, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE | Times
Jake Turner crosses the finish line to place first in the men's 8k during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 24, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times
Jake Turner crosses the finish line to place first in the men's 8k during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 24, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE | Times
Teammates Aliphine Tuliamuk and Scott Fauble congratulate each other for coming in first place in their divisions of the half marathon at day two of the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times
Teammates Aliphine Tuliamuk and Scott Fauble congratulate each other for coming in first place in their divisions of the half marathon at day two of the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 in Tampa. LUIS SANTANA | Times
Jake Rankinen runs toward the finish line during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 24, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times
Jake Rankinen runs toward the finish line during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 24, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE | Times
Aliphine Tuliamuk crosses the finish line to place first in the women's half marathon during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 24, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times
Aliphine Tuliamuk crosses the finish line to place first in the women's half marathon during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 24, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE | Times
Carol Hollenbeck crosses the finish line to place first in the women's 8k during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 24, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times
Carol Hollenbeck crosses the finish line to place first in the women's 8k during the Gasparilla Distance Classic on Saturday, February 24, 2019 in Tampa. TAILYR IRVINE | Times