Skyway 10K 2022: What you need to know for race weekend

Skyway 10K participants will need to meet at Tropicana Park to catch buses to and from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

TAMPA, Fla – We are less than a week away from the fifth annual Skyway 10K.

The race, which benefits the Armed Forces Families Foundation, does not take place until Sunday, but on Saturday there will be a Skyway 10K race exhibition and a music festival to pick up packages.

From race procedures to race day schedules and information, here’s an explainer of what’s in store for Skyway 10K participants and drivers in the region.

Saturday March 5

Registered Skyway 10K participants will pick up their race day packages between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. during the Race Expo and Music Festival in Lot 7 in the Tropicana Field parking lot. It is important to remember that this is the only day packages will be available for pickup.

Best of all, Saturday’s Race Expo and Music Festival is free and open to the public, even if you’re not attending the 10K event.

Simply bring your photo ID and bib number to receive your race day packet and physical bib.

In the event that you are unable to pick up your package in person, attendees can download and complete the “Third Party Package Pickup Form” to have someone else pick it up for you instead.

The organizers have a strict policy against picking up packages on race day. If you have any questions, contact the Skyway 10K organizers.

Saturday’s musical lineup at the expo will include Love and Theft, The Fulcos, Guava Train and the Jam Jones Band.

Sunday March 6

Skyway 10K participants should arrive at Tropicana Field to board the buses that will take them to and from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Don’t be late as there is no other way to get to the start or finish line.

And don’t worry, parking at Tropicana Field is free.

4:30: Baggage check-in begins

4:45: Buses start charging

Buses will drive to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge as they are full.

Riders are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled bus wave departure time. Participants can find their bus wave assignment on their big number.

6:05: The first of three opening ceremonies is to begin.

There will be a presentation of the colors and the singing of the national anthem.

6:25: The US Army National Guard will start the run by firing a blank artillery shell. The Coast Guard is also to conduct an overflight.

Important information for runners

Riders must stay in the two lanes of the Sunshine Skyway bridge designated for them. Anything outside of these two lanes, including the emergency lane or climbing on the SunshineSkyway bridge superstructure, will result in automatic withdrawal from the race and will be prohibited for all future Skyway 10K races.

During the event, riders who have not made it past the south base of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Incline by 9:30 a.m. will be escorted to a track bus. All attendees on any other part of the bridge at 10:15 a.m. will also be escorted onto a track bus and off the bridge back to Tropicana Field.

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Traffic alerts

Drivers in the Sunshine Skyway Bridge area can watch for these lane closures on the day of the event.

Only the northbound lanes of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge will be closed from 3:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday. Additionally, 4th Avenue S. near Tropicana Field will be blocked for public access between MLK and 16th Street S. from approximately 3 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The southbound lanes of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge will remain open only to southbound drivers. Drivers who need to travel north on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge will need to make arrangements during the lane closure for the Skyway 10K.

At the end of the Skyway 10K, vendors and beer tents will close at noon at Tropicana Field and all attendees and attendees will be asked to leave.

All proceeds from the Skyway 10K will go to the Armed Forces Families Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides 100% of the funds they raise to projects to help military families.

10 Tampa Bay will provide live coverage of the race and events. Stay on TV and online Sunday.

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