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Race on Track During the Modern Business Associates 5K Run on the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Course

Online registration is open for March's event benefiting the Police Athletic League

ST PETERSBURG, Fla. (December 18, 2018) - The 7th Annual Modern Business Associates 5K Run on the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Track is set for Friday, March 8, 2019. Online registration is now open for runners and walkers at to “race on track.”

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, organizers of the annual 5K run and walk event held on portions of the 1.8-mile temporary street circuit in downtown, and Modern Business Associates (MBA) are also proud to continue their support for the Police Athletic League (PAL) of St. Petersburg. For the third year, the event’s proceeds will be donated to PAL for its numerous programs serving local children and teenagers. MBA has served as a sponsor of the 5K Run since 2014.

“The Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg is extremely grateful to our partners for their support and belief that all children, even the most at-risk living in our community, can grow to be healthy, productive adults,” said Heather Robb, director, Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg. “Since 2016, contributions from the Firestone Grand Prix and proceeds from the Modern Business Associates 5K race have reached nearly $120,000 enabling PAL to continue to provide enriching activities and eye-opening experiences to the hundreds of young people who come through our doors. We are excited for another great race weekend.”

The 5K’s start/finish line will be on Bay Shore Drive NE on the water side of North Straub Park just south of The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club. The course will follow a route through Downtown St. Petersburg entering and exiting the Firestone Grand Prix track’s layout at Turn 9 near Central Ave. and Pioneer Park.

“Modern Business Associates was founded in St. Petersburg in 1997. As one of the largest employers in Pinellas County, it’s our pleasure and responsibility to serve our community. We’re excited to sponsor the Firestone Grand Prix 5K  for a sixth consecutive year,” said Sean McConnell, CEO of MBA. “The 5k is much more than a fundraiser for the Police Athletic League; it’s a commitment to the welfare and growth of our community.”

"We truly appreciate the support and partnership of Modern Business Associates to make this fantastic run and walk event possible on the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg course,” said Kim Green, co-owner, chairman and CEO of Green Savoree Racing Promotions. “Over 1,000 runners and walkers will compete for a great cause! While it promotes health and wellness in our community, most importantly, this race weekend traditiion accelerates PAL’s mission to positively impact the lives of our local children and teenagers."

Registration is now open at An advance price of $30 is offered through Jan. 13, 2019, then the fee increases in $5 increments leading up to the event. On site registration the day of the race will be available for $45. Additional charitable donations are also accepted on the registration website to further the MBA 5K Run’s impact in supporting the mission of PAL of St. Petersburg. 

Fast Facts

Event: 7th Annual Modern Business Associates 5K Run on the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Track benefiting the Police Athletic League
Date: Friday, March 8, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. ET start (approximate)
Registration Fee:

$30: now through Jan. 13, 2019
$35: Jan. 14 – Feb. 10, 2019
$40: Feb. 11 – March 6, 2019
$45: March 7-8, 2019


Registration includes race entry with chipped timing bib, commemorative finisher’s medal, T-shirt, and Friday general admission to Firestone Grand Prix (if race packet is picked up in person on Thursday, March 7 – location TBD).


The complete racing and activities schedule for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be released in early 2019. For additional ticket pricing, grandstand seating and festival information, visit


The Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg serves over 150 children daily out of our two facilities with 97 percent of these member receiving reduced or free fees. The mission of the Police Athletic League (PAL) is to prevent crime among our youth through recreation, education, and athletics. Our programs are based on the conviction that young people, if they are reached early enough, can develop strong positive attitudes towards police officers in their journey through life toward the goal of maturity and good citizenship. Thus, PAL programs foster relationships between our youth and local police officers. We grow great grown-ups.                                      


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The 15th annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is a race event held during Florida’s spring break season each March. As the IndyCar Series’ season-opening race for the ninth consecutive year, St. Pete is a destination city hosting this annual motorsports tradition and offering a festival atmosphere with its downtown location. The temporary circuit is a 1.8-mile, 14-turn configuration using the streets circling Pioneer Park, the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, The Dali Museum and extending onto the runways at Albert Whitted Airport, which overlooks the waterfront of Tampa Bay and picturesque St. Petersburg Harbor and Marina. Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is owned and operated by Green Savoree Racing Promotions, which also promotes three additional IndyCar races, Honda Indy Toronto (July 12-14, 2019), The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (July 26-28, 2019) and Grand Prix of Portland (August 30-September 1, 2019). 

For more information, visit, ‘like’ its Facebook page at @GPSTPETE or follow the event on Twitter @GPSTPETE and Instagram @GPSTPETE using #FirestoneGP.

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