There was something for everyone for the 10th annual running of the Marco Island Half Marathon. For the shorter 5K (3.1 miles), the course was walker and family friendly and had plenty of challenge for the speedsters. For the longer distance of 13.1 miles, the legendary hills of Marco tested the quads, glutes and hamstrings of the runners but they took it one stride at a time.
The first Marco Island Half Marathon occurred in March 2008. It was a way to honor the memory of a beloved resident, Carole Sbertoli, a realtor, who suddenly passed away in August 2007. Shelli Connelly of Marco Island remembered the first race ten years ago, and she still has her first commemorative race shirt. Shelli has participated in the half marathon event ever since.
5K Top Five Female Finishers: Ava Aseere, Lucia Rodbro, Ursula Muniz, Brielle Penzo and Erin Magnuson
5K Top Five Male Finishers Aaron Hass, Bill Solimine, Anthony Aseere, Rick Magnuson and Jason Dams
Congratulations to all Marco Island 5K finishers: Briele Penzo, Lincoln LaButte, Ryenn Hart, Steve Servente, Lori Larkin, Richard Lundin, Kyle Cholka, Christine Waldren, Sam Nemeth, Cristine Garnham, Hester Roux, Allyson Richards, Lee Ross, Jim Hornak, Lori Gaspar, Laura Scelfo, Suzanne Bailey, Matt Martinez, Nocole Cholka, Matt Garnham, Sarah Nemeth, Susan Linn, Sophia Meester, Caryle Hess and Philip Penzo
Half Marathon Top 5 Female Finishers: Caroline Berg, Laura Howell, Pamela Tanner, Rachel Hegele and Kacie Herrick
Half Marathon Top 5 Male Finishers: Michael Babinec, Jack Braconner, Jim Miller and Tim Moran
Congratulations to all Marco Island Half Marathon Finishers: Logan Meester, Tom Clayton, Albert Van Der Schans, Bob Asbell, Karla Meester, William Connell, Joseph Muskovich, Robert Poling, Susan Wahab, Caitlin Schwab, Jennifer Hart, Susan Linn, Maria Lamb, Shelli Connelly, Michele O’Gorman, Craig Carlson, Patrick O’Gorman, and Jennifer Hemberger