Marco hills ready to challenge runners in 5 Mile Run

Mark McGarity
Marco's Roger Raymond seems to be enjoying the 28th annual Marco 5 Mile Hill Run on Saturday. He finished first in his class and 23rd overall in 2009. He will be back for 29th annual run on Dec. 18.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Mark McGarity Marco's Roger Raymond seems to be enjoying the 28th annual Marco 5 Mile Hill Run on Saturday. He finished first in his class and 23rd overall in 2009. He will be back for 29th annual run on Dec. 18.

For the 29th year the Gulf Coast Runners Marco 5 Mile Hill Run will again challenge runners, locally and from around the country on Saturday.

The race begins on South Barfield Avenue, near the Wesley United Methodist Church at 8 a.m. A record 216 runners competed in 2009. Runners came from as far as Costa Rica, California, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio and Maryland.

Expected back are last year’s overall male runner, Erick Montoya of Estero and overall female, Lisa Bouher of Lehigh Acres.

Class winners coming back will be Craig Carlson, Roger Raymond and Amber Imm, all of Marco, Dr. Allen Weiss and Valerie Weiss of Naples.

In the course of the race runners will traverse the unique Marco hills, found nowhere else in Southwest Florida. Gentle elevations from 5 to 50 feet, including Indian Hill (aka Heartbreak Hill) make this an interesting run for seasoned runners, as well as challenge for beginner and intermediate level runners.

Pre-registration charge is $15 for adults signing up by Dec. 17 and $25 day of the race. For students the race charge is $10. The event benefits the Lely High School running program.

Marco’s Paul Tateo has made an outstanding website for more details at marcoislandhillrun.com where participants can sign up for the race. Runners can also go to gcrunners.org, or call Naples on the Run, 434-9786, race coordinator Mark McGarity, 450-5485, or Roger Raymond, 642-7981.

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