The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 14 No. 12 - January 15, 2014


Dolphin Dash attracts runners

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story


Chuck and Esther Duzee, favorites of the Bradenton
Runners Club, won their age brackets for male and female.

HOLMES BEACH – The weather was just right for a run as some 210 entries in the Anna Maria Elementary School Dolphin Dash took to the streets last weekend.

Runners of all ages competed, many of them students at the school where they have a runners club. The Bradenton Runners Club, which sanctions the Dolphin Dash, provided some of the runners.

Kali MacGregor, who ran in the 2012 Boston Marathon, was the fastest female while BeachHouse employee Michael Lamb, of Bradenton, was the fastest male. Matthew Connor, of Parrish, a Palmetto High School student, was the second fastest male, and it was his first Dolphin Dash.

Runners from elementary school to past their 70s participated. One couple, Esther and Chuck Van Duzee, both older than 70, took home awards for their classes.

George O’Connor, who sponsored the bowling challenge fund-raiser for the AMI Community Center with his twin brother, Billy, for many years,ran his first race ever in the 5K. He said he walks that distance almost every day, but he had never run it. He ran with his grandson.

Race organizer Jessie Brisson said they had 180 runners registered for the 5K race and 30 for the 1-mile Fun Run for a total of 210.

Result of the race will be published in The Sun’s website:

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