This past Saturday, residents of a Florida Keys municipality established in 1999 partied on the lawn of their Community Park while listening to local bands and feasting on fresh dolphin sandwiches. Pictured, Marathon’s Green family: Anthony, Tanya, and their kids, from left: Chris, Lilly, and Denzil. The Greens are just one of the many new families who are proud to call Marathon home.
In true community spirit, most of the money was raised for non-profits. Tshirt sales were spread over a number or organizations like KAIR and Grace Jones while other groups like Forgotten Soldiers and the Friends of the Marathon Dog Park raised their own funds by selling stuff like Spider’s smoked fish dip. Pictured: Marathon Rotarians Pete Chapman, Michael Cunningham and Karen Goodwin sell $2 beers.
Marathon’s favorite son, Mike Puto, offered a brief history of the pioneers who helped build schools, dredge canals, establish Marathon as one of the most family-orientated communities in the country. Pictured with Mayor Ginger Snead.
In the spirit of Marathon’s 10th Birthday, the City of Marathon Parks and Rec Department held a “Why I Love Marathon” writing contest. Winners were announced at the 10th Anniversary Party.
I love living in Marathon
By Mia Troisi
I love living in Marathon! Marathon is a very small town and people are really friendly here. I like all the fun stuff to do here like home school P.E., playing tennis, playing T-ball, and dancing ballet. The Community Park is a great place to meet friends. I caught my first lobster in Marathon this year. I tickled him out and scooped him up all by myself! Marathon is definitely my favorite place to live.
Mia Troisi (7) is the daughter of Ken and Amy Troisi
”Why I Love Marathon”
A poem by Claire McCarthy
See new faces everyday;
a nice little place to get away!
With beautiful beaches here to stay!
Every day when I awake,
I think to myself “What a wonderful city”!
Not living here would be a pity!
People to meet,
places to roam!
You’re my home!
So spectacular, it’s a crime,
anywhere else would be a waste of time!
You’re so perfect, and all mine!
Claire McCarthy (11) is the daughter of Ms. Carrollyn Cox
Then & Now
Marathon Mayor Ginger Snead and Marathon Vice Mayor Mike Cinque pose with two of Marathon’s greatest tshirt. Snead holds the 10th Anniversary shirt designed by Gary Clark. Cinque is with the incorporation shirt from ten years ago.