Julia Hatton – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The annual Fort Hamer bridge run is something many local runners look forward to every year. The LRHS National Honor Society (NHS) and Lakewood Leaders clubs are both volunteering there this year, on Aug. 24, 2019.
The Bridge run will offer 5k and 10k runs. There also is a race for kids 12 and under.
Runners, or walkers, will go over the 4,544-foot-long Fort Hamer Bridge to the Waterlefe subdivision and back over the bridge. For the 5k run, the finish line is at the Fort Hamer County Park. The walkers have a more flexible option of going back over the bridge or not.
The 10k run goes as far as the River Wilderness Subdivision, and back to Fort Hamer Park as well. The first-place winners of the 5k and 10k run will both be awarded commemorative metals created by the same firm that supplies the Boston Marathon.
Registration opens for all participants at 5:30 a.m. at the Fort Hamer Bridge. The kid’s run starts at 6:45 a.m., followed by the 5k and 10k run which start at 7:15 a.m. The 5k walk will begin at 7:25 a.m.
Senior Emma Bittar said, “I encourage everyone, even if you don’t run, to come out with your family. It is a healthy way to bond with your family.”