Mexico Beach 5K welcomes 430 runners

Sandy Shoes

The winners of this year’s Mexico Beach Sandy Shoes 5K fun run hailed from Tennessee, Georgia, Texas and Florida. The race welcomed 430 runners on a 3-mile run through Mexico Beach, starting at 7th Street.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 09:04 AM.

To celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, the Mexico Beach Community Development Council held its annual Sandy Shoes 5K fun run.

The path, which wound up 7th Street to 386 before turning around, welcomed 430 participants.

Overall winners for the event were Kathy Wolski of Knoxville, T.N. and Coleman Churitch of Brentwood, T.N.

Female and male winners in 12 and under division were Ellie Wolski of Knoxville, T.N and Jackson Roberts of Tallahassee; 13-19 division: Lauryn Davidson of Dacula, G.A. and Perry Waddell of Bainbridge, GA; 20-39 division: Brittany Folsom of Hahira, G.A. and Joe Hulen of Canton, G.A.; 40-59 division: Shelly Valerio of Atlanta, G.A. and Rodney Wellmann of College Station, T.X.; and 60 and up division: Lynn Fogel            Stone Mountain., G.A. and Doug Crymes       of Mexico Beach.

Following the race a kids fishing tournament was held along the Mexico Beach canal that welcomed 114 young anglers who strove to catch the biggest fish they could. Participants were treated to a hotdog lunch and those who caught the most fish received trophies for their hard work.

Each year the July Fourth events are organized by the Mexico Beach special events committee.

“The volunteers on the committee work endlessly year round to raise funds for these events,” said Community Development Council executive director Kimberly Shoaf. “Both events brought out record-breaking crowds.”

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