Four of the 1499 participants that ran in the 28th annual Seven Mile Bridge Run held on April 25, 2009 were residents of Duck Key.
Congratulations to Sherry Popham, Susan Williamson, Rick Geiger and John Flammang.
Resident Sherry Popham came in fourth in the age 50 to 54 female division with a time of 50 minutes and 52 seconds. For an image of Sherry running at the Seven Mile Bridge Run go to http://wildsideonline.smugmug.com/keyword/1321-7%20Mile#520623651_YFDcN
In 2007 Sherry ran in the 6th Annual No name 5K Run/Walk and placed 2nd in the Female 50 to 59 Division with a time of 24:42
Susan Williamson pictured below had a time of 56:52 and came in fifth in age 55 to 59 female division.
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John Flammang ran in the men's age 55 to 59 division and finished with a time of 1:11:27.
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Rick Geiger (no picture) finished the race in eigth place with a time of 53 minutes and 56 seconds. He ran in the men's division age 60 to 64.
All four runners finish the run in less than the 1 hour and 30 minutes allowed and thus "beat the bus". Runners unable to keep up are picked up by yellow school buses so that traffic can be resumed by 9 a.m. for waiting motorists.
Popham, Williamson, Geiger and Flammang ran the entire length of the famed Seven Mile Bridge, one of the longest segmental bridges in the world. Actually the bridge is 6.8 miles. In addition to men's and women's divisions there are divisions for children, wheelchair bound and 75 years or older.
The fastest runner was Jason Bodnar, age 39, of Candler, N.C., ran the Bridge Run in 34 minutes, six seconds at a pace of about a mile every 5 minutes. Interestingly Jason's wife, Jennifer, age 37, finished third among women with a time of 43 minutes 38 seconds.