Georgia Malpartida explains how she fell in love with Gasparilla half-marathon​

Of the few holidays Georgia Malpartida celebrates in a year, one is “Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic.” It was in fact her peers who recommended her the Distance Classic. Since then there has been no looking back. Georgia took the 13.1-mile challenge. She explains, “You see all the banners and people cheering along the course, and the people running in costumes with the pirate theme, and the families together and it’s so beautiful running down Bayshore Boulevard, and so many great stories people have to tell. There is so much energy and it’s so well organized. I was blown away. I was hooked.”​