Florida Keys' Seven Mile Bridge Run Results

04/09/2014 - 11:18

MARATHON, Florida Keys -- A South Florida college student won the overall men's title during the Seven Mile Bridge Run across the Florida Keys Overseas Highway's longest bridge on Saturday April 5.

Twenty-one year old Florida Atlantic University senior Josh Peterson, of Boca Raton, Fla., was top finisher among the race's 1,500 participants with a time of 39 minutes and 44 seconds. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., resident Laura DiBella, 35, completed the course in 43:22 to place first in the women's division.

Peterson's college track and field coach Mike Stone, age 34, also of Boca Raton, and Marathon's Martin Sykut, 51, finished second and third in the men's division, with times of 39:49 and 40:46, respectively.

Helena Bursa, 38, of Big Pine Key, Fla., placed second in the women's division with a time of 44:58, nearly two minutes faster than her same-place finish in 2013. Key West resident Bethany Tietz, 37, finished third with a time of 47:47.

The well-known footrace was first staged in 1982 to mark the completion of a project to build 37 new Keys bridges to replace converted railroad bridges built in the early 1900s by Florida developer Henry Flagler.

The contest has become one of the most popular running events in the southeastern United States. Getting a chance to compete is the real contest. This year's field filled in under 10 minutes after online registration was activated in February.

The early morning race closed the Seven Mile Bridge to traffic for about two hours, but Monroe County Sheriff's Captain Don Hiller reported no major problems.

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