Two Texans won overall men’s and women’s half-marathon titles Saturday at the inaugural Jewfish Creek Bridge Run in the Florida Keys.
Jeff Burrows, a 37-year-old airline flight dispatcher from Dallas, placed a time of one hour, 26 minutes and 12 seconds. Houston resident Alison Dunn ran 01:34:32 to win the women’s division.
“We look for destination races that seem exotic enough,” said Burrows. “It’s not often you get to come to the Keys to run a race. It’s nice to be out in this peaceful scenery.”
The foot race was the first on the recently completed $93 million, 1.25-mile-long Jewfish Creek Bridge and the southern portion of the 18-Mile Stretch, a section of the Overseas Highway that connects mainland South Florida to Key Largo.
Earning top honors in the 5k men’s division was Jon Williams of Miami with a time of 18 minutes, 10 seconds. Tavernier, Fla., resident Joan Scholz’s time of 22:01 earned her the women’s title.
“The Keys are great to race in and the bridges provide something absolutely different than a purely flat race,” Williams said.
Almost 800 participants from 24 states, the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada participated in the contest. For 2010 and future events, organizers announced they will change the name to Key Largo Bridge Run.