The Anna Maria Elementary School’s fifth annual Dolphin Dash drew its largest number of runners ever with 253 participating in the Jan. 15 school fundraising event.
Race organizer Becky Walter said a large number of students, alumni and teachers participated this year. The youngest student to run in the 5k dash through downtown Holmes Beach was 6-year old Eli Heskin.
“Eli has been a super star of running club and finished the race in 28 minutes 3 seconds, which is unbelievable,” said Walter.
The oldest racer was Walter White, who at age 85 finished the race in 38 minutes 3 seconds.
Walter said there were more participants in the 1-mile fun run/walk than the 5k this year and attributes some of the growth in participants to members of the Bradenton Runners Club, who are now able to earn club points for completing the race.
The proceeds from the race go to the AME Parent-Teacher Organization’s general fund.