MANATEE COUNTY – Thousands of runners will be coming to Skyway Bridge next year for a good cause.

The Armed Forces Families Foundation (AFFF) will be hosting the inaugural Skyway 10K run across the Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge on March 4. It’s the first run to be held across the bridge since it opened in 1987. All of the proceeds will go toward supporting the AFFF.

Participants will be transported from Tropicana Field to the starting point, which is at a rest area on I-275, just south of the bridge. Once they cross the finish line on the north side of the bridge, they’ll be picked up by buses and return to the stadium.

“This event has been more than a year in the making and we’re absolutely thrilled to be able to host the inaugural Skyway 10k,” says Thaddeus Foster, board member of AFFF. “We are extremely grateful as we would not be able to do this without the support of the City of St. Petersburg, Hillsborough County, Manatee County, Pinellas County, the Tampa Bay Rays, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Highway Patrol and all of the local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and first responders.”

“As the leader in sports and events programming in Pinellas County, we are excited to welcome the Skyway 10k to our growing number of participant-driven events in our community. The run over the iconic Skyway bridge will be a unique experience for all participants, and a unique opportunity to showcase our destination,” said Tim Ramsberger, chief operating officer of Visit St. Pete Clearwater.

The entry fee for the race is $75. Registration opened Wednesday and is expected to sell out quickly. You can register here.