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

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.

Cigna – cigna.com

Cigna is a global health service company with a mission to help improve the health,
well-being and sense of security of the people we serve locally. Cigna’s employees
embody this mission through its collective role as champions for our customers and
communities. Our strategic focus is centered on delivering high quality, affordable, and
personalized products and solutions to our customers and clients by leveraging our
differentiated strengths, our talent and localized approach.

Cigna products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as
medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other
related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. At Cigna, we
proudly serve more than 95 million customer relationships throughout the world and we
continue to solve for the needs of our customers, clients, health care professionals and
our local communities.

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.

USAA – usaa.com

Holding true to their 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 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.

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.

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.

Garmin International, Inc. – garmin.com

“We’re proud to sponsor the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic and help runners like you beat your best. Garmin offers a diverse line of fitness, wellness, running and outdoor products that are designed with one simple goal in mind: to beat yesterday. It’s our rally cry for those who pursue active passions — from running your first or perhaps, your 42nd Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic. No matter your experience or fitness level, there’s a Garmin Forerunner® GPS running watch that can help you work toward your goals. Our newest watches even let you take your songs along and pay with your wrist. Whether you’re running the 8K this year, the 5K, 15K or the Half Marathon, we can’t wait to see how you beat yesterday. Check out our full range of running watches at www.Garmin.com/running.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Tampa

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is the premier entertainment destination of Central Florida. Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, the property is one of the most successful and largest casinos in the world. Located off I-4 at North Orient Road and Hillsborough Avenue, about 10 minutes east of downtown Tampa, the casino features high stakes table games, thousands of the hottest slot machines as well as a new smoke free slots area offering more than 850 popular games. Additionally, there is a state-of-the-art Poker Room featuring 46 tables and an art deco-inspired Mezzanine Level Casino with more than 500 premium and high limit slots. The hotel is AAA Four Diamond rated and the property proudly offers seven award-winning Zagat-rated restaurants, including the upscale dining venues Council Oak Steaks & Seafood and The Rez Grill. The only place to rock one’s body and soul, Rock Spa® & Salon, is also available along with a plethora of VIP services. For more information, please call 866-502-PLAY or visit us online and via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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.

Rooms To Go – roomstogo.com

Walk into any of Rooms To Go’s bright, stylish and friendly furniture showrooms and discover the ease of one-stop decorating. As the leading furniture company in America, millions of customers have enjoyed the entire Rooms To Go’s package and a more convenient, enjoyable and affordable way to shop furniture.

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 supporting 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 – Acura, BMW, Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Jeep, Mazda, MINI, Nissan 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 Westin Tampa Waterside –TheWestinTampaWaterside.com

Whether it’s business or pleasure that brings you to Tampa, you will enjoy this beautifully renovated hotel and its superb location right on Tampa Bay. Close to the downtown business district, as well as the local area attractions, such as Ybor City, Tampa Convention Center, St. Pete Times Forum, Clearwater Beaches, and so much more.

Coca-Cola – coca-cola.com

The Coca-Cola Company strives to refresh the world, to inspire moments of optimism and happiness and to create value and make a difference. Coca-Cola is committed to local markets, paying attention to what people from different cultures and backgrounds like to drink and where and how they want to drink it. With its bottling partners, the Company reaches out to the local communities it serves, believing that Coca-Cola exists to benefit and refresh everyone it touches.

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.