SUN PHOTO/TOM VAUGHT
AME student Morgan Hackworth was one of the first
two youngsters to finish the 1-Mile run.
By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
HOLMES BEACH It was a beautiful morning for a run
last Saturday when the Anna Maria Elementary School PTO
held its first Dolphin Dash 5K and 1-mile runs.
According to race coordinator Becky Walter, the 5K race
drew 125 runners, many of them from the Bradenton Runners
Club, which helped organize and time the event. The second
race, a 1-mile event, drew around 50 runners.
"This was a great first-time event," said Bradenton
Runners Club Race organizer Palmer Orehowsky. "Elyn
Hart and Becky Walter were the organizers from the PTO
and they did a great job. We had complete cooperation
from the Holmes Beach Police Department and the West Manatee
Fire and Rescue, plus the Manatee High School Key Club
and the Maamselles.
"Our club had a lot of people out here too,"
he added. "We had a timer at each intersection."
Hart called it a fabulous turnout.
"We had gorgeous weather and a lot of runners came
to compete," she said. "All of our sponsors
came through for us. It was just a fun time."
More students ran in the one-mile event than the Five-K,
since it was shorter. During the weeks leading up to the
Dolphin Dash, students were encouraged to train for the
one-mile run. Organizers from the PTO and the Bradenton
Runners Club said they hoped this event would start a
trend toward more exercise by the students and they looked
forward to holding it again next year.