Orlando Among New Host Cities for 2016 Global Energy Race on September 25

Bimbo Bakeries USA Hosts 2016 Global Energy Race in United States.

Race to be Held in 37 Cities Across the Globe, including Orlando

Horsham, Pennsylvania (August 18, 2016) – Grupo Bimbo announced the second annual Global Energy Race, which will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2016 in 37 cities around the world, including Orlando. Bimbo Bakeries USA, the U.S. arm of Grupo Bimbo, will host the races held in the United States. The races offer a 10K run option, certified by USA Track and Field, as well as a 3K family fun run/walk.


The race, started in 2015, was originally held in 22 cities, from Beijing to Long Beach, California. In 2016, the race adds 15 additional locations, for a total of 37 races to be held globally – four being held in the United States including two new host cities in Arizona and Florida:


· Orlando, FL (Festival Park 2911 E. Robinson St., Orlando, FL 32803)

· Long Beach, CA (Mariana Green Park 386 E. Shoreline Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802)

· Philadelphia, PA (Penn’s Landing 101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106)

· Phoenix, AZ (Scottsdale Sports Complex 8081 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85255)


The 2016 race will also be a Guinness World Records attempt: The most number of cities participating in the same race on the same day.


For each kilometer completed by each participant, Bimbo Bakeries USA will donate two slices of bread to a local Feeding America food bank – one loaf of bread per completed 10K. (Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is the participating charitable partner in Orlando). First place male and female winners of the 10K race in each participating city will receive an all‐expenses paid trip to run in any 2017 Global Energy Race participant city.


All participants will receive a Global Energy Kappa t‐shirt, sling bag and towel. The 10K runners will receive a custom finishers medal upon completion while the 3K participants will receive a customer finishers pin upon completion. Awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each city.


Starting with the 2016 race, both the t‐shirts and medals will be part of a collectable series. This year, the image is from Beijing and each subsequent year the items will feature different symbols of inspiration, persistence and global nature.


“We believe the food industry plays an important role in educating the general public about healthy choices and positively impacting lifestyles, especially for future generations,” said Ron Whitehouse, Senior Director of Sales at Bimbo Bakeries USA. “The pursuit of health and well‐being is no longer a trend – it has become a social imperative around the world. Small actions such as walking or running can really improve our overall quality of life.”


Grupo Bimbo promotes a healthy lifestyle obtained through a balanced diet, smart eating habits and the daily practice of physical activity. The Global Energy Race emphasizes the importance of

“energy balance” among communities – meaning the energy obtained from food should be equal to the energy used or spent from moving or exercising.


Global sponsors of the race include FOX Sports, Powerade and Kappa. For more information or to register, visit


Downtown Orlando Tech Celebration will feature remarks by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and UCF President Dr. John C. Hitt, as well as showcase local tech startups. 

ORLANDO, Fla. – Canvs, a downtown-Orlando coworking space and community resource, is joining with event partners Downtown Orlando Partnership (DOP) and Orlando Tech Association (OTA) to create the Downtown Orlando Tech Celebration on the evening of August 16th.  

Presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Research Park, which recently celebrated a construction milestone of its cornerstone engineering and aerospace innovation complex, the occasion will recognize the flourishing ecosystem for starting and growing tech businesses in downtown Orlando. It will also celebrate the convergence of support from a broad cluster of business, civic, and tech leaders in the Orlando region who contribute to the area’s growing reputation as a location for tech entrepreneurship and innovation.


Carlos Carbonell, CEO of Echo Interaction Group and President of OTA, will emcee the evening that will include remarks by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, University of Central Florida’s President Dr. John C. Hitt and Dr. Karen A. Holbrook, Interim President and CEO, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.


Companies from Starter Studio’s sixth accelerator class, including, as well Fyre, from FireSpring Fund’s first advanced funded accelerator program, will showcase their products along with more than a dozen other local tech startups.


Attendees will be able to network during the reception-style event that will also feature live music. Appetizers and drinks will be provided. The event runs 5 to 8 p.m. on August 16, 2016, inside Canvs’ 20,000 square foot facility and the atrium of the Church Street Exchange in downtown Orlando.


“We have worked hard to diversify our economy and grow Orlando’s reputation as a place of innovation and collaboration where entrepreneurs can pursue big ideas,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “We are proud of our growing technology sector, strong educational partnerships like the one we share with UCF, our skilled labor force and quality-of-life amenities, which are important economic development tools to attract more creative companies and young talented employees to Downtown and our region.”


UCF President Dr. John C. Hitt agrees, “As America’s leading partnership university, UCF prides itself on working with industry and government to drive entrepreneurship in downtown Orlando and beyond. With the approval of UCF Downtown, bold new opportunities are coming to advance Orlando as a high-tech hub for Central Florida.”


Event sponsors for the evening include VOXtell and Purple Rock Scissors and corporate support is also provided by Greenberg Traurig and LRA Insurance. Additional event partners include Coors Light, Downtown CREDO, Filmscape Productions, Gifn, and Monkey Rum.


Event tickets are $40 and may be purchased at the Downtown Orlando Partnership website ( A portion of ticket proceeds will go to support the FireSpring Fund and its FireSpring Seed Accelerator, a nonprofit evergreen seed fund and advanced tech business accelerator that provide funds and a program of mentorship to promising technology startups to help them grow and scale their businesses.

 Source: City of Orlando 

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