If runners think the Marco 5-Mile Hill Run race was tough, wait until they race in the Marco 2009 Bridge Run on Feb. 15.
The 10-plus mile run will go through the hilly estates area and over the Goodland Bridge, and back the same way.
The YMCA is sponsoring the race, in honor of the late Carole Sbertoli. Active in the community, Sbertoli died suddenly in 2008.
Another aspect of the race that will make it interesting is that there will be more than trophies, there will be cash prizes.
First place male and female overall, any age, will win $500 each. First place senior and grand master male and female, age 60 and over, will win $300 each, as will the grand master male and female, age 50-59.
First place master male and female, 40-49, will earn $400 each and first place local female and male competitor, any age, will win $100 each. Second and third-place winners in each division will receive trophies.
Entrants signing up by Jan. 31 will pay $35. Entrants from Feb. 1 to race day, Feb. 15, pay $50.
Leslie Drake, YMCA community development director of the YMCA, said that runners on the committee suggested cash prizes to spur interest in the race and to help in hard economic times.
Sponsors of the event are ARA Insurance, DaVinici Ristorante Italiano, Law Offices of Fred Kramer, Island Mortgage, Marco Community Bank, Marco Eagle, Morningstar Music, Raymond James and Premier Properties.
Competitors can register at the YMCA. For more information, call 394-3144.