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They're off! Top male and female runners Carlos Miranda and Kacy Smith lead from the start. Nearly 200 runners had their ups and downs in the 30th annual Hill Run on Saturday morning, traversing Marco Island's shell mounds in a five mile race. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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They're off! Top male and female runners Carlos Miranda and Kacy Smith lead from the start. Nearly 200 runners had their ups and downs in the 30th annual Hill Run on Saturday morning, traversing Marco Island's shell mounds in a five mile race. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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  • They're off! Top male and female runners Carlos Miranda and Kacy Smith lead from the start. Nearly 200 runners had their ups and downs in the 30th annual Hill Run on Saturday morning, traversing Marco Island's shell mounds in a five mile race. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
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Mark McGarity, Marco 5 Mile Hill Run coordinator, congratulates Kacy Smith of Estero for being the top female finisher in the race on Saturday.
  • Carlos Miranda charges to the finish line, edging Jesse Armbruster by one second to win the Marco 5 Mile Hill Run on Saturday.
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Nina Lane of Marco flies over the finish line to finish first in her age class at the Marco 5 Mile Hill Run on Saturday.
  • One of Santa's helpers, Kim Escarra of Marco, stays in shape for her Christmas eve jaunt as she competes in the Marco 5 Mile Hill Run on Saturday. She came in sixth in her class.
  • Maria Lamb, 64, of Marco Island, won the 60-64 class in the Marco 5 Mile Hill Run on Saturday.
  • Marilyn Thieman of Marco Island won her 65-69 age group in the Marco 5 Mile Hill Run on Saturday.
  • Patty Poling of Marco Island crosses the finish line at the Marco 5 Mile Hill Ruin on Saturday. She placed third in her 40-44 age group.
  • Micah Evans, 9, of Naples, was the youngest runner in the Marco 5 Mile Hill Run on Saturday. He was sixth in the 14-and-under class.
  • Beau Candiano, 11 of Estero raced to fourth in the 14-and-under age group in the Marco 5 Mile Hill Run on Saturday.
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No matter their time, the competitive juices still flow as Marco Island's Craig Carlson, left and Paul Tateo cross the finish line in the Marco 5 Mile Hill Run on Saturday.
  • Allyson Swanson of Naples races to the finish line in the Marco 5 Mile Hill Run on Saturday. Swanson won her 25-29 age group.
  • Shawn Duffy of Gulf Coast Runners took care of the computerized results at the Marco 5 Mile Hill Run on Saturday
  • The finish line is a welcome sight. Nearly 200 runners had their ups and downs in the 30th annual Hill Run on Saturday morning, traversing Marco Island's shell mounds in a five mile race. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • It was a two-man race for overall fastest time; Carlos Miranda, right, beat Jesse Armbruster by one second. Nearly 200 runners had their ups and downs in the 30th annual Hill Run on Saturday morning, traversing Marco Island's shell mounds in a five mile race. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Runners Kathleen Jasper and Patrice Fontes check out the standings taped to a royal palm. Nearly 200 runners had their ups and downs in the 30th annual Hill Run on Saturday morning, traversing Marco Island's shell mounds in a five mile race. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Top male and female runners Carlos Miranda and Kacy Smith with their prizes. Nearly 200 runners had their ups and downs in the 30th annual Hill Run on Saturday morning, traversing Marco Island's shell mounds in a five mile race. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Ashley and Victoria Macchi finish together, giving it their all. Nearly 200 runners had their ups and downs in the 30th annual Hill Run on Saturday morning, traversing Marco Island's shell mounds in a five mile race. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Julian Santoyo hydrates after the race. Nearly 200 runners had their ups and downs in the 30th annual Hill Run on Saturday morning, traversing Marco Island's shell mounds in a five mile race. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Kim Escarra ran with antlers. Nearly 200 runners had their ups and downs in the 30th annual Hill Run on Saturday morning, traversing Marco Island's shell mounds in a five mile race. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Race timer Shawn Duffy uses a panoply of electronic equipment to keep track. Nearly 200 runners had their ups and downs in the 30th annual Hill Run on Saturday morning, traversing Marco Island's shell mounds in a five mile race. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Race Director Mark McGarrity instructs the racers before the 8:00 a.m. start. Nearly 200 runners had their ups and downs in the 30th annual Hill Run on Saturday morning, traversing Marco Island's shell mounds in a five mile race. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Sean Nolan of Naples gives a thumbs up after conquering Indian Hill. Nearly 200 runners had their ups and downs in the 30th annual Hill Run on Saturday morning, traversing Marco Island's shell mounds in a five mile race. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Kara Dumont warms up, in her holiday stockings. Nearly 200 runners had their ups and downs in the 30th annual Hill Run on Saturday morning, traversing Marco Island's shell mounds in a five mile race. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Andy Holland of Naples finished second in his age bracket. Nearly 200 runners had their ups and downs in the 30th annual Hill Run on Saturday morning, traversing Marco Island's shell mounds in a five mile race. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Kacy Smith, 16, of Estero was the top female finisher. Nearly 200 runners had their ups and downs in the 30th annual Hill Run on Saturday morning, traversing Marco Island's shell mounds in a five mile race. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • It was a two-man race for overall fastest time; Carlos Miranda, right, beat Jesse Armbruster by one second. Nearly 200 runners had their ups and downs in the 30th annual Hill Run on Saturday morning, traversing Marco Island's shell mounds in a five mile race. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

On the historical 30th anniversary of the Marco 5 Mile Hill Run, the race had its closest finish ever. Carlos Miranda, 16, of Palmetto Ridge High, held off challenger Jesse Armbruster of Ashland, Ohio, winning by one second in a time of 26:33.

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