Guess Who? Big Pine Key’s royal family of distance running was well-represented as Vance, left, Tony and Jakub Bursa finished 1-2-3 in the 5K race.

A sun-soaked course put more than 400 of the Keys’ fastest runners and walkers to the test at the Sombrero Beach Run on Feb. 25. 

A family trio of distance running stars topped the standings in the 5K run as Vance, Tony and Jakub Bursa clinched top spots with times of 17:09, 19:22 and 19:26, respectively. Anthony Kelhower led the first race of the morning, breaking the tape in the 10K run with a 38:58 finish. Summerland Key’s Rosanna Mullen returned for an encore of her 2022 performance, finishing as the top female in both the 10K and 5K races once again with times of 42:28 and 21:24. 

Pulling double duty, Anthony Pallaria, Bucky Wile and Mullen rounded out the top three overall finishers in the 15K challenge, in which runners entered the starting corral for a 5K race just minutes after finishing their 10K.

Proceeds from the race registrations, along with day-of donations and silent auction bids, went to support KAIR, a local non-profit aiding individuals and families in crisis situations throughout Marathon and the Florida Keys. The run’s 2024 race date is set for Feb. 24. 

The race’s organizers extend a sincere thanks to the city of Marathon, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Accuchip Timing, Key West Southernmost Runners, and dozens of volunteers and business sponsors who combined once again to make the run such a success.