The runners, some displaying their toned and athletic legs in seasonably inappropriate shorts, inched towards the starting line as encouraging words came over the loudspeaker, “Put your hands together for yourself. Everybody is a winner here.”
The air horn went off at 7:05am, jolting the participants into action. The flock of runners crossed the starting line, took a curve up Drew Street, and headed out towards the Clearwater Memorial Bridge.
The race led the runners through a scenic course taking them over Clearwater Memorial Causeway, onto Clearwater Beach, over Clearwater Pass Bridge, through Sand Key Park and out on Gulf Boulevard. It was then back again to the finish line in Coachman Park. The picturesque sunrise and spectacular view of the gulf was a unique incentive for runners to tackle the race.
At around 7:45, Jeremy Vizzi was the first to come back for the Five Mile Race, and an hour later, Josh Wolfe came in first for the Half-A-Thon. Second place winner, fourteen year old Zach Maciolek says of the race, “It was a nice run…coming over the bridge was pretty hard.”
Participants were treated to music, back massages and a complimentary post-run meal of pasta, Fig Newtons, fruit and Power Bars.
- Tampa Bay Informer
The Good News Newspaper