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On a day loaded with runners in offbeat costumes (Elvis, Superheroes, The Hart Bridge?), 10 runners with the distinctive black and white jerseys of English soccer club Newcastle United stood out.
And while the jerseys attracted the notice of more than a few Premier League fans at the race, their purpose was more than just attention.
The group, from Ponte Vedra Soccer Club, donned the striped gear in support of 14 year old Newcastle fan Ethan Bragg, Cheap Jerseys free shipping who is fighting a rare form of bone cancer.
“They want to cheer him on and help him recover, get him back out on the field,” said Tommy Reinheimer, one of the organizers of the drive.
The runners have launched a fundraising effort, called BeEthanStrong, to support the campaign.
As temperatures climbed into the 70s with high humidity, cases of heat exhaustion rose along with the thermometers.
“The heat and humidity definitely plays a factor in increasing the number of patients that we have to take care of,” said race medical director David J. Ebler, an assistant professor of surgery with UF Health and a medical director for TraumaOne.
Ebler, who called it a “very busy” race for the medical team, said that staff had treated around 100 runners for various conditions, including about 10 who were taken to UF Health.
In some cases, body temperatures approached 108 degrees, Ebler said. Those patients were cooled and stabilized on the scene and transported to the hospital.
Despite the heat, race director Doug Alred said that the medical issues were not believed to be serious.
Although entries dropped slightly for the 15K race, other race day events have seen a boost in numbers.
About 3,000 runners ran the Florida Times Union 5K for Charity and around 700 more entered the Brooks Rehabilitation Challenge Mile, a record for the adaptive competition.
Jacksonville’s Steven Walker placed first overall in the adaptive mile race with an unofficial time of 6:15.
“People are out here doing this, not just the 15K,” said Walker, who also participates in wheelchair rugby. “You’ve got people with disabilities here who want to do the one miler and see if they have what it takes.”
Drew Johnson finished first in the 5K in an unofficial time of 18:36. Christina Kallis was the first female 5K finisher at 21:23.
Jacksonville runners honored a local running pioneer at Saturday’s race.
Tom Skordas, 67, died March 3 after a decade long battle with multiple system atrophy, a rare neurological disease.
A founding member and former president of the Jacksonville Track Club, Skordas served as the River Run’s finish line director in the race’s early years and worked tirelessly to compile results using early computers.