Thousands Attend Southeast Georgia Health System 2015 Bridge Run
Feb. 26, 2015 –Despite the uncharacteristically frigid temperature,
more than 2,500 registered runners and walkers showed up on Saturday,
Feb. 14, to conquer the Southeast Georgia Health System 2015 Bridge Run.
Held at the Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick, the run has become known
as the “toughest” 5K in Georgia, with runners crossing up
and over the 7,780 foot bridge not once, but twice.
Cash prizes, provided by Pinova, were awarded to the top three overall
male and female finishers. The first place male runner was Eliud Ngetich,
21, of Jacksonville, Fl., with a time of 15:21; followed by Trent Binford-Walsh
at 15:46, and Orinthal Striggles at 17:20. First place female runner was
Joy Miller, 27, of Beaufort, S.C., with a time of 18:55; followed by Laura
Roberts at 20:12, and Sia Hines at 20:21.
The Highview Fire Department team from Louisville, Ky., placed first in
the Firefighter Challenge, with Lance Beckner, Michael Rickert and Eric
Cassell crossing the finish line in first, second and third place. The
Brunswick Fire 1 team, Jake Pollock, Victor Barnes, and Joshua Hale, earned
second place overall in the Challenge, and Brunswick Fire 2 team, James
Joiner, Adam Humkey and David Markham finished in third. Firefighter Challenge
sponsors included Jenkins Nissan, Robins & Morton, and Morrison’s.
The Highview team generously donated their $1,000 winnings back to the
Health System to benefit cancer care programs.
Jenkins Nissan also generously donated a 2015 Nissan Altima and a Nissan
cargo van, wrapped with the Bridge Run logo, to the Health System Foundation
as part of their Bridge Run sponsorship.
In addition to Saturday’s Bridge Run, event activities included
a Pasta Pre-Party and Runner’s Expo on Friday afternoon, and live
entertainment and sponsor/vendor exhibits Saturday morning.
For some runners, such as Bob Smith, a part-time resident of Jekyll Island,
the Bridge Run is an annual tradition. Smith placed first in his age category
of “70 and over” for the fourth time in his five years of
participating. The Run appeals to younger runners as well, such as Gwendolyn
Sepp, age 11, and Mason Smith, age 12, who both finished first in the
respective Women and Men’s age 3-14 categories.
“We are very grateful for the community’s support of the Bridge
Run,” said Krista Robitz, director, Development, Southeast Georgia
Health System Foundation. “We’re very pleased that approximately
$55,000 was raised to benefit the Health System cancer care programs.
From the runners and walkers and their families that came to cheer them
on, to the vendors and sponsors whose support helps us to make the event
better each year, and all the volunteers who tirelessly provide their
time and energy, we extend our appreciation. Everyone can know that they
truly make a difference in the care cancer patients receive at Southeast
Georgia Health System.”
Bridge Run results can be found at 1stplacesports.com; photos are available