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

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.

WFLA TV 8 – wfla.com

Newschannel 8 WFLA, NBC affliate, is the #1 news station in Tampa Bay providing national and local news, weather, sports and traffic coverage across the Bay area.

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.

Q105 – FM – myq105.com

Between the eras of Doo-Woop and Rap music, The Greatest Artists created The Greatest Hits ever recorded….Beatles, Rolling Stones, Supremes, Chicago, Rod Stewart, Billy Joel, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, Journey! It takes a legendary radio station to play their legendary music and for 35 years, Q105 has played the hits for Tampa Bay! Q105 was the home of the Legendary, Q Morning Zoo and pioneered the fun, family friendly radio station.

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. Asone 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.


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.

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.

Official Sponsors

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.

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.

USAA – usaa.com

Holding true to its founding values of service, loyalty, honesty, and integrity, USAA’s mission is to facilitate the financial security of its members, associates, and their families through the provision of a full range of highly competitive financial products and services; in so doing, USAA seeks to be the provider of choice for the military community.

Gatorade Endurance – gatorade.com/endurance

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 help 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 at fuelbelt.com/GatoradeEndurance.

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

Kellogg’s – kelloggs.com

Consumers around the world enjoy Kellogg Company products, one of which –Kellogg’s Corn Flakes®– has been part of a wholesome, delicious morning for more than a century. The company began with only 44 employees in Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1906. Today, Kellogg’s employs nearly 32,000 people, manufacture in 19 countries and sell their products in more than 180 countries around the world.

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.

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.

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.

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* and 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 8 On Your Side Health & Fitness Expo, one block from the 2020 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.

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida – cocacolaflorida.com

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC (Coke Florida) is a family-owned independent Coca-Cola bottler. Coke Florida’s exclusive sales and distribution territory covers over 18 million consumers across 47 Florida counties and includes the major metropolitan markets of Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa. Coke Florida manufactures, sells, and distributes over 600 products of The Coca-Cola Company and other partner companies including Monster Energy and BODYARMOR. Coke Florida is the third-largest privately held, and the sixth-largest independent, bottler of Coca-Cola products in the United States. The company is also one of America’s largest black-owned businesses. Coke Florida was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For more information, please visit cocacolaflorida.com.

Dole Packaged Foods, LLC – dolesunshine.com

Dole Packaged Foods, LLC, is a world leader in growing, sourcing, distributing, and marketing fruit and healthy snacks. Dole sells a full line of packaged ambient fruit, frozen fruit, dried fruit, and juices. The company focuses on four pillars of sustainability in all of its operations: water management, carbon footprint, soil conservation, and waste reduction.

WQYK – FM – wqyk.com

36 years in the country format with the same letters means WQYK is a proven and tested winner. WQYK is strong in all adult demographics. Adults, young and old, love WQYK’s country music and personalities.