Running for Kids: About 200 participate in Kiwanis Club of Marco Island’s 5K

Lance Shearer
First place finisher Fernando Martinez, right, scampers out to an early lead at the start of the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island 's 6th Annual 5K Run/Walk, called "Running for Kids," on Saturday.

A lot of the runners, and walkers, participating in the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island’s five-kilometer event Saturday morning were in it for fun, fresh air, and enjoying some healthy exercise while supporting a good cause.

Fernando Martinez, 15, was in it to win it. And he did, completing the 5K with a chip-measured time of 19 minutes, 22.8 seconds, then promptly sank to the ground.

In this, he was emulating famed British runner Sebastion Coe, who was renowned for collapsing after breaking the tape. Like Coe, Martinez was fine after a moment, just dealing with a leg cramp.

In 2017:Martinez breaks personal best at Kiwanis Family 5K

Four seconds after Martinez, Alexis Lamb finished second overall, and first among all females by over two and a half minutes. She also beat her mom and dad, a noteworthy accomplishment in itself. You could say that running runs in the family among the Lambs – mother Maria Lamb just completed her second New York marathon, at the age of 71. Maria finished first in her age bracket, and crossed the finish line together with her husband Charile Lamb.

Angela Segler, left, and Allyson Richards cross the mangroves. The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island hosted its 6th Annual 5K Run/Walk, called "Running for Kids," on Saturday 12/1/18 through the Hideaway Beach community.

Martinez has a family connection as well. His older brother Cipriano is a previous winner. After all, the Kiwanis call the event the “Family 5K,” along with this year’s nickname, “Running for Kids." The expected proceeds of about $8,000 will go to the club’s youth-related charitable endeavors, said club president and race co-director Preston Stiner.

About 200 participated in the 5K, starting and finishing at the Tigertail Beach access parking lot, and winding through the streets, footpaths and over-the-mangrove boardwalks of the Hideaway Beach community. Stiner thanked their hosts, and also the volunteers from the Marco Island Academy Key Club.

“Without their help, we could not put this run on,” said Stiner.

Some of the runners who had been jogging along, matching strides with a friend or family member got competitive at the end, putting on a burst of speed to collect bragging rights.

Regan O'Donnell puts on a burst of speed to finish during the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island's 6th Annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday.

After Martinez and Alexis Lamb, the next male finishers were Jon Williams, in the “masters” category at age 49, and Kevin Barry. Emily Holzer and “masters” Karyn Fisher finished two and three among the females.

Antonio Dejesus and Justine Jarnes won in the 30 to 39 age bracket, while Donald Sims and Heather Mastrangelo won among those 40 to 49. Jim Chamberlin and Sheri Mann were first in the 50 to 59 age group.

For complete results, go online to Next year’s 5K is already scheduled, so mark your calendar for Dec. 7, 2019.