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Updated: 05/07/2014 08:00:01AM

Record number of runners

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PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

A group of runners stretch as they wait at the starting line for the beginning of Saturday's Carillon Classic 5K Walk & Run at Bok Tower Gardens.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Carla and Emily Calvert join the Carillon Classic 5K Walk & Run at Bok Tower Gardens for their 3rd year. Carla is from Lake Wales and her daughter Emily travels in from Cape Canaveral for the event.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Runners take off as the Carillon Classic 5K Walk & Run at Bok Tower Gardens begins.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Runners dart from the starting line as Saturday's Carillon Classic 5K Walk & Run at Bok Tower Gardens begins.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Al Vigne (red hat) of Babson Park leads this group of runners by Bok Tower on the final stretch of Saturday's Carillon Classic 5K Walk & Run at Bok Tower Gardens. Following Al Vigne is Benjamin Garner of Winter Haven and Nathan Pandolfi of Lakeland.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Pastor Scott Markley of the First Baptist Church in Lake Wales brings it down the home stretch at Saturday's Carillon Classic 5K Walk & Run at Bok Tower Gardens.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Mackenzie Kirkland of Winter Haven is followed by Charles Hoover of Haines City and Rob Mason of Lakeland as they pass around Bok Tower in the final stretch of Saturday's Carillon Classic 5K Walk & Run at Bok Tower Gardens.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Runners cross the finish line as they complete Saturday's Carillon Classic 5K Walk & Run at Bok Tower Gardens. Jordan Burney of Winter Haven crosses the finish line closely followed by Alexis Galvez of Plant City.

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Water cups line the side of the road as the 2014 Carillon Classic 5K Walk & Run at Bok Tower Gardens comes to a close.

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Despite the threat of rain a record 392 runners/walkers showed up and competed in the Bok Carrillon Classic 5K Run and Walk this year.

The goal was 400 runners and with more than 450 registered runners/ walkers, there were 63 no shows probably attributed to the threat of rain, said Dick Pope/Polk County chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association’s Ken Nelson.

As it turned out not a drop of rain fell from 6 a.m. when people started showing up. When it started to really pour at 10 a.m. everything was over, Nelson said.

People from local communities competed in the race that raises money for the George Harris Jr. Youth Shelter as well as people from Texas, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Kentucky and Indiana.

The overall winner was Isaac Rigel of Lake Wales with a time of 17:59. The four runners who trailed him were Ean Ormsby, Babson Park 18:09; Dustyn Johnson, Winter Haven 18:35; Ben McKinley, Winter Haven 19:37 and Antonio Gomez, Frostproof 19:38.

The Women’s overall winner was Chrystal Lodovico of Bristol, Conn., at 23:36 followed by Megan Hostler of Merrimack, N.H., at 24:13. The next three positions were Natasha Cosgrove, Lake Wales 24:18; Krista Schutt, Sebring 24:38 and Karen Spurlock, Frostproof 24:45.

Winners in the Women’s Masters (over 40) were Karen Spurlock, Frostproof; Melanie Tucker, Lake Wales 25:51 and Tonia McCall, Winter Haven, 27:04.

The top three runners in the Women’s Grand Masters (over 50) were Linda Briady, Clermont 27:21; Cathy Griffith, Baker 28:25 and Merion Sallenbach, Lake Worth 28:50.

To see all results go to www.fprapolk and click on the link to the Carillon Classic results.


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