Inaugural Color Me Healthy 5K attracts a crowd
Troy Smith gets doused with colored powder after winning the race.
The inaugural Color Me Healthy 5K was the first foot race to ever take place on Viera’s Medical Mile. At race start, a low-hanging fog greeted 314 runners and walkers as Sheriff Wayne Ivey started the sounding gun at Jack McMahon Park in Suntree.
The course started at Jack McMahon Park, ran westward on Spyglass Hill Road, and into the neighborhoods of Devon’s Glen and Misty Creek, rounding the Viera Rehabilitation Center and Spyglass Court before heading eastward to finish at the park. The runners and walkers ran near nature preserves, alongside Viera’s Medical Mile, and past some of Suntree’s finest neighborhoods.
Still, the fog and the cooler weather didn’t dampen the spirits of participants, many of whom were running their first 5K. And, for as many runners and walkers as there were, there were also some great stories.
Troy Smith, a 14-year-old resident of Melbourne, was the overall winner with a time of 17 minutes, 42.6 seconds.
Sarah Simonetti, who finished second overall, won the women’s division with a time of 20:20.5.
“This was my first 5K and I was really proud of how I performed,” said Mark Adams who entered the race with his 11-year-old son, also named Mark, who placed fourth overall in 21:22.
“A year ago, I couldn’t run a mile,” Adams said.
Alex Quintana, 75, who placed third in the men’s 75 to 99 age group said, “My son, an avid runner, encouraged me. I didn’t expect to win a medal, so I’m really enthused at what I did.”
“I run all the time, but I’ve never run in a race before. So, I said, I’ll give this a shot. I thought the course was great, and the volunteers were really nice. People were high fiving me when I ran through the neighborhoods. There was a lot of camaraderie,” said Stan Oley who placed first in the Men’s 50 to 54 age group.
Roberta Osterling, 81, walks a 5K every Saturday.
“The course was nice and flat. Hills kill me; I need something that is not too taxing,” she said.
The race and accompanying Family Fitness Festival benefited the newly-formed Bluewater Foundation which helps families with adopted children and adopted pets.
For race results, go to runningzone.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Color-Me-Healthy-5K-Age-Group-Results-2016.htm.