What exactly is the PB&J Run presented by Publix?
The PB&J Run presented by Publix is a deliciously-themed run in St. Pete, FL that includes a 5K, 10K, and 15K Challenge event. The PB&J Run features certified closed courses, chip-timing, coveted tech shirts and custom finisher medals, cash prizes, an interactive PB&J Post-Race JAMboree with dozens of vendors and music, and (of course) unlimited PB&Js for all participants. The event is tailored to engage competitive runners and beginners alike.
Whether you’re on “team crunchy” or “team smooth”, everyone knows PB&J is a classic. Inspired by the beloved lunchbox staple, we’re so excited to make PB&J lovers’ dreams come true by celebrating the nostalgia, comfort, and super-efficient athlete fuel that is Peanut Butter & Jelly through this signature event.
What is the PB&J virtual run?
We are offering a virtual run this year for anyone that loves the PB&J Run, but can’t make it to St. Pete this September. Register for the Virtual Run and we will ship your medal, t-shirt, and goodies right to you! Packets will begin shipping the week of September 18th.
Does PB&J Run support a charity?
Yes! We are proud to say that 100% (every dollar!) of the PB&J Run goes to support the children and family services of local 501 (c)(3) non-profit Directions for Living. Fundraising for this important cause is the sole purpose of this event, and thanks to all of you we are able to raise an average of $50,000 annually to help individuals who are living with a mental illness, who are homeless or housing unstable, and those experiencing other traumas. You can learn more about the charitable component of PB&J Run below.
I'm a novice runner - is this race for me?
Definitely! The Publix PB&J Run is for everyone, whether you’re walking, jogging, or racing to be the first to cross the finish line.
Is there a minimum age requirement?
Technically there is not an age limit, but we recommend this event for ages 12+. We encourage parents to use their best judgement based on the difficulty and length of the course when registering children.
What if I have a nut allergy?
We want the PB&J Run presented by Publix to be accessible to everyone! We hope even those with nut allergies can enjoy our run, but please note that there will be unlimited PB&J sandwiches and PB&J-themed vendors at the Post Party at Albert Whitted Park who, as you might imagine, will be working with and serving nut butters. If you need special accommodations for your allergy or have further questions about your safety, please email us here.
Something changed - can I get a refund?
Unfortunately, we can’t issue refunds. If for some reason you can’t make it to race day, at least stop by and pick up your PB&J packet and t-shirt from us!
Are there accommodations close to the race?
Yes! Come back soon for more details!
What is the PB&J Post-Race JAMboree?
The PB&J JAMboree is our finish festival for our runners to enjoy unlimited PB&J sandwiches, music, dozens of local vendors, and more!
What happens if there is bad weather?
Given the upfront costs and permitting, there are no refunds given for this event. If unsafe weather exists, we may delay the start of the race up to one hour if possible. In the event that a delay is not possible, the event may be canceled.
The safety of our runners is our number one concern. If race officials deem it is unsafe for participants to be on the course, they reserve the right to cancel the event. If this happens, we will notify all registered participants of a plan to retrieve their race packet.
Can I get a long sleeve shirt or tank top?
If you would like to upgrade your race packet to receive a racerback tank top or long sleeve tech shirt (instead of the included performance tee), you’ll need to register by midnight on 8/31. Starting on September 1st, all registered participants will only have the option to receive the performance t-shirt in their race packet.
What are the course details?
The 10K will start at 7am.
6.2 mile course with five water stations. Course will be open for two hours after start.
Starting at Albert Whitted Park in Downtown St. Pete, the waterfront course will take you along Bay Shore Drive, past city treasures such as the Dali Museum, St. Pete Pier, Vinoy Park, and more.
The 5K will start at 8:15am.
3.1 mile course with two water stations.
Starting at Albert Whitted Park in Downtown St. Pete, the waterfront course will take you along Bay Shore Drive, past city treasures such as the Dali Museum and the St. Pete Pier.
The 15K Challenge will start at 7am.
The 15K Challenge includes both the 5K and 10K runs. Runners must finish the 10K and be back at the start line before the 5K begins at 8:15am.
How do I register and how much does it cost?
Register here until September 19, 2023 or before we sell out.
- 5K Registration: $35
Race weekend, price will increase to $45
- 10K Registration: $45
Race weekend, price will increase to $55
- 15K Challenge Registration: $55
Race weekend, price will increase to $65
We do have limited capacity for our 2023 Run, so sign up now before we sell out!
What is the event schedule for Race Day?
- 5:30am: Race Day registration and runner check-in opens
- 7am: 10k starts
- 8:15am: 5k starts
- 9:30am: Awards Ceremony
- 7:30am – 12pm: PB&J Post-Race JAMboree
What is included in my registration?
Your registration for the 2023 PB&J Run presented by Publix includes:
- Certified, chip-timed 5K and 10K courses on closed roads
- Signature PB&J hinged medal
- Custom Tech Shirt*
- Unlimited peanut butter & jelly sandwiches
- Prizes for top performers
- Gift for 15K Challenge participants
- Post-Race JAMboree with music, food, and interactive vendors
*Tech shirt sizes are not guaranteed if you register after September 1
Where should I park?
ARRIVE EARLY! There are several parking lots & garages in downtown to choose from (see our map here or the city’s map here for more options). Here are our recommendations:
- SouthCore Garage | Entrance at 101 1st Ave S
- First hour free, then $1/hour thereafter — $8 maximum per day
- Pay by cash, credit, or ParkMobile App
- 12 minute walk to Albert Whitted Park
- Al Lang Parking Lot | 1st Ave. S. between 1st St. and BayShore Blvd.
- Pay by credit or ParkMobile App
- 9 minute walk to Albert Whitted Park
- Mahaffey Parking Lot | 400 1st St SE Garage
- Cash only
- 5 minute walk to Albert Whitted Park
IMPORTANT: If you arrive after 7am, you will need to cross our race routes to get to Albert Whitted Park. Please be mindful of runners that are already on the course and do not cross the road until it is completely clear to do so.
When and where is packet pick-up?
Packet pick-up will begin at our PB&J Run Expo the afternoon/evening before race day – Friday, September 22, from 4-7pm at Albert Whitted Park.
We will have vendors, PB&J merchandise, and live registration in addition to packet pick-ups, so don’t miss the fun!
You can also pick up your packets on race day morning, from 5:30am – 8am. Please be advised there could be long lines on race morning, so plan to come early if you are not picking up at the expo on Friday, so that you aren’t late to the start line.
Online registration will close at midnight on Tuesday, Sept 19th. Runners can register live at Albert Whitted Park at packet pick-up on Friday (4-7pm) or on race day morning (5:30 – 8am), at increased rates while supplies last.
NOTE: You must have the registration confirmation emails (printed or on phone) ready to show at packet pick-up for yourself and any additional runners you will be picking up for.
Will there be race awards given out?
We are excited to announce that we will have $1,200 in CASH prizes up for grabs this year! Prizes will be awarded as follows:
- 1st place overall: $150 (male AND female winners in both 5k and 10k categories)
- 2nd place overall: $100 (male AND female winners in both 5k and 10k categories)
- 3rd place overall: $50 (male AND female winners in both 5k and 10k categories)
15k Challengers: Please note, there will not be separate cash prizes for 15k overall winners, but all 15k challengers are eligible to win TWICE via the 5k and 10k prizes listed above.
Age Groups: There will not be cash prizes for age group wins, but winners WILL be recognized this year in the following age groups: under 14; 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; and 70+
We will be awarding our cash prizes and recognizing first place winners at our Award Ceremony at 9:30am close to the finish line at Albert Whitted Park.
What is the 15K Challenge?
The PB&J 15K Challenge is designed for the runners who want to complete both the 5K and 10K courses, back-to-back. Challenge participants must finish the 10K (which begins at 7am) and be back at the Start Line before the 5K begins at 8:15am. Challenge participants will receive bragging rights and a PB&J Run 15K Challenge gift, in addition to their PB&J t-shirt and medal.
Can I run with my stroller? What about my leashed pet?
You can run or walk with strollers or pets, but please start towards the back of the line so that the majority of competitive runners can get through first.
Will I be able to register the morning of the race?
Yes, you can register the morning of the race or at our packet pick-up, but the price will increase, so sign up now!
Runners can register at Albert Whitted Park at packet pick-up on Friday (4-7pm) or on race morning (5:30am – 8am), at increased rates of $45 for the 5K, $55 for the 10K, and $65 for the 15K Challenge) while supplies last.
What supports will be provided along the course?
Both courses will have closed roads, will be clearly marked with directional and mile marker signs, and will be stationed with volunteers, law enforcement, and water stations for the safety and support of our runners. The 5k course will have 2 water stations and the 10k course will have 5 water stations. Two of the 10k water stations will have Gatorade.