Jacksonville University was the official sponsor of the first two Head Races. In the third year (1991), the Jacksonville Rowing Club became the sponsor for this event with the assistance of Jacksonville University. In 1994, the Stanton Rowing Foundation accepted the challenge of organizing and running the First Coast Head Race and has done so each year since. The Stanton Rowing Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation established to promote junior rowing by providing rowing equipment and facilities. The Foundation is made up of interested members of the community, parents of rowers, and alumni.