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The sold-out Sunshine Skyway Bridge 10K race will be on TV

On March 4, thousands of runners will shutdown lanes of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge for a televised 10K that will benefit military families.
On March 4, thousands of runners will shutdown lanes of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge for a televised 10K that will benefit military families. Herald file photo

The 10K race on March 4 that will have thousands of runners darting across the tallest bridge in Florida is going to be shown on television.

More than 7,000 runners have registered for the sold-out Sunshine Skyway 10K race. They are coming from 40 states and three countries, race organizers announced. All five branches of the armed forces will be represented as well.

The event will be the first to send foot traffic across the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge since its opening in 1987, according to race officials.

All proceeds from the event go to the Armed Forces Families Foundation, a nonprofit organization out of Clearwater that provides funds to projects that help military families.

While the run portion of the event is sold out, free family-friendly events will take place at Tropicana Field that include live music and race spectating. Those attending are encouraged to wear anything patriotic or supportive of America’s armed forces, race organizers said.

Tampa Bay’s CBS affiliate, 10News WTSP, will broadcast the race live on Channel 10 from 6 to 7 a.m. on March 4. There will also be a live feed shown at Tropicana Field so spectators can see runners cross the finish line.

The race will require officials to shut down some traffic to the bridge.

Northbound traffic on the bridge will shut down from 4 to 10 a.m. Motorists will be rerouted. Southbound traffic will remain open.

PepsiCo will provide refreshments during the race and Einstein Bros. Bagels is planning to give out free coffee and post-race snacks for runners, officials said.

Sea Dog Brewing Company will provide beer for the event and each runner will receive one free beer following the completion of their run. All proceeds from beer sales during the events will also be donated to the Armed Forces Families Foundation.

The run will begin on Interstate 275 at the rest area just south of the bridge and ends at the rest area on the north side of the bridge, a distance of 6.2 miles.

According to officials, participants will be bussed from Tropicana Field to the south end of the bridge and then will be picked up by buses on the north end of the bridge to return to Tropicana Field for the awards ceremony.

Samantha Putterman: 941-745-7027, @samputterman

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