The Anna Maria Elementary School campus was crowded Jan. 11 at 8 a.m., but school wasn’t in session on Saturday morning.
Runners were taking their mark for the annual Dolphin Dash benefiting the elementary school.
According to event supervisor Jesse Brisson, 135 people pre-registered for the event. And more than 135 runners participated, as volunteers registered people on the day of the race.
Volunteers began registering and handing out information packets at 7 a.m., an hour before the first race.
The dash included two races, a 5K and a 1-mile fun run.
The oldest participant in the 5K was 75 and the youngest were 7 years old.
Winning the 5K was Michael Lamb, who finished in 16 minutes and 29 seconds. Lamb lives in Bradenton and works at the BeachHouse Restaurant in Bradenton Beach.
Following the race, participants were offered refreshments and snacks. Awards were presented at about 10 a.m., after both races had been completed.
Runners line up at the start line at Anna Maria Elementary during the annual Dolphin Dash Jan. 11. Runners lined up in order of their speed. Islander Photos: Jennifer Glenfield
Kali McGregor of Bradenton is the first woman to cross the finish line in the 5K Dolphin Dash, She ran the race in 21 minutes and 18 seconds.
Michael Lamb of Bradenton finishes first in the annual Dolphin Dash. He ran the 5K in 16 minutes and 29 seconds.
Children and parents near the finish line during the 1-mile Fun Run at Anna Maria Elementary School Jan. 11. The fun run was the second race of the day.
Participants in the 1-mile fun run start off strong following the whistle marking the beginning of the race.