Panama City Beach, FL--Now to one of the many benefits to one of this area's longest running athletic events, the Gulf Coast Triathlon. Despite the tough economic conditions, the 29th G-C-T, held last May, still managing to raise some 25 thousand dollars in donations to some of it's partners, both charitable and athletic.
Gulf Coast media director Steve Moss and race director Shelley Bramblett, along with other GCT board members, Tuesday handing out four checks of over 6 grand each to the Panama City Marine Institute, Panama City's Cops for Kids, Panama City Swim Team and Bay County Search and Rescue.
G.C.T. Race Director
"So over all these years we've given back over $500,000 to the local community, through charity work through youth sports. We gave $50,000 to start the new pool. So to us, this is why we do this race. We want to help our community, we want to be involved with it, we want our people to get fit who live here. And you know what, there's not funding for these teams anymore. So if we can do that, that's what we want to do. And we do it to help them and they help us. And it's a great partnership for all of us."