Runners take off from the starting line at Treasure Village Montessori. DAVID GROSS/Keys Weekly

Runners and walkers took to the Old Highway in Islamorada for the Mariners Hospital 5K Walk/Run and 10K Run on Saturday, Nov. 20. Starting from Treasure Village Montessori, race participants ran and strolled up the Old Highway before making the turnaround near the Coral Shores High School back to the TVM. Overall winner in the 10K was Anthony Pallaria, 36, of Islamorada, with a time of 42 minutes and 23 seconds. Finishing second was Rosanna Mullen, 36, of Summerland Key, with a time of 43 minutes 15 seconds, and placing third was Marcus Berggren, 47, of Key Largo, with a time of 46 minutes and 37 seconds. Overall winner in the 5K run was Simon Gutierrez, 17, with a time of 20 minutes and 28 seconds. Overall female winner in the 5K run was Kai Guth, 15, with a time of 24 minutes and four seconds. The race benefits education, training and state-of-the-art equipment and technology for the hospital’s nurses.

— report by Jim McCarthy



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Jim McCarthy is a northerner who escaped the snow and frigid temperatures for warm living by the water. A former crime & court reporter and city editor for two Western New York newspapers, Jim has been honing his craft since his graduation from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 3 years in the Keys, Jim has enjoyed connecting with the community. “One of my college professors would always preach to be curious,” he said. “Behind every person is a story that’s unique to them, and one worth telling. Behind every community is resiliency and resolve in difficult times. As writers, we are the ones who paint the pictures in the readers minds of the emotions, the struggles and the triumphs.” Jim serves as President of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club, which is composed of energetic members who serve the community’s youth and older populations. “It’s a group that lives by the motto ‘Service Above Self,’” he says. “We’ve done service projects at the Tavernier nursing home, sitting down and socializing with residents. “We’ve also supplied cameras to young students exploring the Keys ecosystem.” Jim loves sports, family and time exploring underneath the water depths.