The Florida Keys & Key West: News Flash
Keys Seven Mile Bridge Run Results
MARATHON, Florida Keys -- Two Delray Beach, Fla., personal fitness trainers, Paul Marmaro and Nancy Frey, captured top overall men's and women's titles respectively among 1,500 competitors Saturday at the Seven Mile Bridge Run in the Florida Keys.
Marmarao, 32, ran across the Overseas Highway's longest bridge in 34 minutes, 55 seconds, earning a third victory in as many years as he has competed in the annual event.
"There were two guys in front (at the start) but after a couple hundred meters I led,'' said Marmaro, who holds the course record of 33:12. "I looked forward to the finish line because I knew the food and the beer was at the end.''
Miamian Robert Castillo, 40, placed second in overall men's division with a time of 36:02, while 19-year-old Matt Whaley of Bonita Springs, Fla., ran 36:12 to third-place. Frey, 36, finished with a time of 41:21 to post the best time among women contestants.
" I kind of hoped there would be some kind of cloud cover and the conditions would be okay today and it really turned out pretty good,'' Frey said. " It was a little windy, but at least the wind was kind of a tailwind.'' Although much of South Florida got a drenching Saturday, race conditions in the Keys were quite dry.
Fort Myers, Fla., runner Karen Miles, 43, crossed the bridge in 43:52 to achieve second place, while third place went to Julie Mihelich, 32, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with a time of 46:05.
The event was begun in 1982 as part of a celebration to herald the construction of 37 new Overseas Highway bridges (of 43) in the Keys.
Photos by Andy Newman