Publix – publix.com

Founded in 1930, Publix Super Markets is the largest and fastest-growing employee-owned supermarket chain in the United States. Publix and our associates excel in community involvement, volunteerism, and a commitment to our market areas and beyond. Publix’s commitment to diversity has contributed to our success in being a great place to work and shop.

Presenting Sponsors

ABC Action News – abcactionnews.com

ABC Action News is Taking Action For You with leading local news coverage in the Tampa Bay area, “Certified Most Accurate” Weather Forecasts, and Award Winning I-Team Investigations on TV, online, on your phone and tablet. Whenever and wherever you want it.

Download our news and weather apps at ABCActionNews.com/Mobile.  News coverage for Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, Sarasota County, Polk County, Manatee County, Pasco County, Hernando County, Hardee County, Highlands County, Citrus County, and all of the Tampa Bay area!

Columbia Restaurant – columbiarestaurant.com

Founded in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., the Columbia Restaurant is Florida’s oldest restaurant and the world’s largest Spanish restaurant. Locations include the flagship restaurant in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City, St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, the Historic District in St. Augustine, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Central Florida”s town of Celebration, and the Columbia Café at the Tampa Bay History Center. All Columbia Restaurants are owned and operated by 4th and 5th generation members of the founding family.

Q105 – FM – myq105.com

We’ve just rolled out our latest FREE app – re-tooled to be faster and more user-friendly than ever before. It’s easy to customize the new app to present just what YOU want from Q105: our 24/7 live stream, the latest contests and station events, plus other stations you’d like to have handy.

The new and improved version of the Q105 app makes it easier to:

  • Listen to MJ Morning Show Podcast, Roxanne’s “PG: Parental Guidance Podcast,” and Geno’s podcast “The Other 59 Minutes”
  • Listen Live to Q105 at home, in the car, at work & at the beach
  • Enter to win Q105’s exclusive online contests
  • Customize the order of local and national stories, podcasts, and photo galleries that appear in your app
  • Get music news and see upcoming concerts in the Tampa area
  • See where Q105 will be next giving out prizes
  • And, don’t forget:  Register to win the monthly $1,000 prize just for logging into the app

Rooms To Go – roomstogo.com

Our company was founded with the intention of bringing ease, comfort, and incredible value to the furniture buying market. It was from these fundamental principles that the idea for Rooms To Go was born: A furniture store where customers could walk through and experience curated rooms before making purchases for their homes. We knew that by offering that type of experience we would be able to better serve our customers and bring unprecedented value and style to the furniture industry.

Tampa Bay Times – tampabay.com

The Times Publishing Co. owns a strong portfolio of brands that combine to create west-central Florida’s preeminent information source in print and online. The company’s portfolio includes the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times),  tampabay.com, and tbt*.

The Times, which is Florida’s largest daily newspaper, has been part of the Tampa Bay community for more than 130 years. Locally owned and independent, the Times has long been celebrated for its outstanding and credible journalism, practiced with integrity in the public interest.

Tampa General Hospital – tgh.org

In a diverse city known for its rich culture and beautiful beaches, Tampa General Hospital offers yet another incentive – world-class health care. Tampa General is a private not-for-profit hospital and one of the most comprehensive medical facilities in West Central Florida serving a dozen counties with a population in excess of 4 million. As one of the largest hospitals in Florida, TGH is the area’s only level I trauma center and one of just four burn centers in Florida.


Official Sponsors

Asics – Asics.com

OUR MISSION ASICS, an acronym derived from the Latin phrase, Anima Sana In Corpore Sano – a sound mind in a sound body. Staying true to the philosophy by which it was founded, every ASICS innovation, every concept, and every idea is intended to create the best product.

Cigna – cigna.com

Cigna is a global health services company dedicated to improving the health, well-being, and peace of mind of we serve. With more than 180 million customer and patient relationships in more than 30 countries and jurisdictions, we are able to harness actionable insights that address whole-person health and drive better health outcomes. Our global workforce of more than 70,000 employees is dedicated to living our mission and being champions for our customers and communities. We call this the “Power of We.” By working together in close partnership with our colleagues, customers, providers, clients, and communities, we are able to create personalized solutions and advance whole-person health. Our goal is to provide the right services and solutions, in the right setting, at the right time, to address the diverse health needs of our customers and patients in a highly personalized way – each and every day.

DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. – dickssportinggoods.com

Founded in 1948, DICK’S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of October 29, 2016, the Company operated more than 675 DICK’S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream, True Runner and Chelsea Collective specialty stores and DICK’S Team Sports HQ, an all-in-one youth sports digital platform with free registration, website and mobile app capabilities, custom uniforms and FanWear shops as well as access to donations and sponsorships. DICK’S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront. For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at DICKS.com.

The Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown Convention Center –TheEmbassySuitesTampaConventionCenter.com

The Gasparilla Distance Classic Association is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Embassy Suites Tampa Convention Center.  Nestled in the heart of Downtown Tampa, the Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown Convention Center welcomes its guests to a newly renovated, vibrant, and contemporary guest experience.

Embassy Suites Hotels guests get more with every stay, like free cooked-to-order breakfast, complimentary appetizers, and beverages at the nightly Evening Reception*. Every room is a two-room suite.

Connected via sky-bridge to the Tampa Convention Center, the all-suite hotel is steps away from the ABC Action News Health & Fitness Expo, presented by TampaWell, one block from the 2025 PGDC Start & Finish Lines and within easy walking distance to attractions such as the Florida Aquarium, Sparkman Wharf (formerly Channelside Bay Plaza), and the Tampa Riverwalk.

Gatorade Endurance – gatorade.com

The Gatorade Endurance line of products is an elite line of sports nutrition products from Gatorade for endurance athletes who have specific fueling needs.  Grounded in years of hydration and sports nutrition research conducted by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, the Gatorade Endurance line of products helps deliver fluids and nutrients endurance athletes need for a training session or race. Gatorade Endurance products are available where the endurance athlete shops – at run, bike, and tri specialty stores nationwide and online.

Gatorade Endurance is proud to be the Official Hydration and Energy Nutrition Partner of the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic, providing Gatorade Endurance Formula On-Course.

Ferman Automotive Dealerships – ferman.com

Locally owned and operated since 1895, Ferman Automotive Dealerships have been serving the automotive needs of the Tampa Bay area for generations. As part of our mission, we recognize our responsibility to good corporate citizenship and support the needs of our community. As the Official Automotive Sponsor of the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic Race Weekend and Pubix Jr. Classic Kids Event, we are proud of the community value and charitable contributions made possible through these events. Ferman dealerships are located throughout the Tampa Bay Area and represent these domestic and import brands – BMW, Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Jeep, Mazda, MINI, RAM Trucks and Volvo.

Michelob Ultra – michelobultra.com

Michelob Ultra is a full-flavored, rich-tasting lager with surprisingly low calories and carbohydrate content. Traditionally brewed with European hops and a blend of the finest two-row and caramel malts, Michelob Ultra is fermented and aged with a classic lager yeast strain and cold-matured for balanced crispness.

Pepin Distributing– pepindistributing.com

Total Beverage Company. Beer, Spirits, Wine & More.

Arthur “Art” Pepin began Pepin Distributing Company when he was awarded the Tampa Marketplace from Anheuser-Busch in 1967.  He believed that customer service, tending to the employee family and service to the community were hallmarks of good business.  In 1981, Thomas “Tom” Pepin became President and CEO to continue the traditions that his father began.  The company grew in volume and size over the decades and expanded its portfolio to include wine and spirits as well as nonalcoholic beverages serving as the Tampa Bay area’s premier total beverage solution. Today, Pepin remains privately owned with the commitment to maintain and promote the legacy of its namesake.

Raymond James – raymondjames.com

Founded in 1962 and a public company since 1983, Raymond James is a diversified financial services holding company with subsidiaries engaged primarily in investment and financial planning, in addition to investment banking and asset management.

Raymond James has been recognized nationally for its community support and corporate philanthropy. The company has been ranked as one of the best in the country in customer service, as a great place to work and as a national leader in support of the arts.

Special K – www.specialk.com 

Do what’s delicious.

Special K® knows the secret to creating the tastiest food is using the ingredients you know and love. Discover all the flavors and find your new favorite.

Zephyrhills® Brand Natural Spring Water – zephyrhillswater.com

The history of Zephyrhills® Brand Natural Spring Water begins with a small town that earned the name “City of Pure Water.” This town is located among the scenic rolling hills, citrus groves and lakes of central Florida. The town was called Abbott Station and has a history dating to the Civil War. Paying $3 an acre, Simon J. Temple purchased the first section of land. In 1909, Captain H.B. Jeffries, a Civil War veteran, chose the sight for a war veterans’ colony because of the abundance of good water.