Popular holiday 5K returns to San Marco after hiatus

More than 250 runners turned out on an unseasonably warm day to participate in the Children’s Way 5K in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Jacksonville. The event, which began in 2002, was last held in 2011.

The course took runners south along River Road on the banks of the St. Johns River. Katherine Pickett, Michelle McCauley, and Annie Bryan, all running in the age 30-34 category, were the top three female runners. Top male runners included Jeff Wight, 40, William Lynch, 17, and Haris Jusic, 42.

After the run, participants and families enjoyed a Christmas Village, with activities, such as face painting, crafts, football and ring tosses and corn hole games, and food from V Pizza, Good Dough, Blue Bell Ice Cream and, of course, McDonald’s.

The funds raised from this fun, family event will help provide a “home-away-from-home” for over 1,200 families a year for sick children receiving medical treatment in Jacksonville.

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