TAMPA (FOX 13) - Thousands of runners hit the pavement Saturday morning for the Gasparilla Distance Classic road races.
The annual races attract a huge crowd of runners from the Tampa Bay area and beyond.
The 15K race began around 6:45 a.m., while the 5K started around 9:15 a.m.
The half marathon and 8K races will take place on Sunday.
The 2016 Gasparilla Distance Classic races could break attendance records, according to executive director Susan Harmeling.