By NewsLine Staff
The Character Counts! 6 Pillars 6K/3K Run/Walk was held on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at 9 a.m., beginning and ending at Palencia Elementary School. Walkers and runners enjoyed a scenic course running through the neighborhoods of Kensington and Las Calinas.
According to Christina Langston, chief of community relations for the St. Johns County School District, the race had 577 registrants and 497 finishers.
“The crowd support was amazing,” Langston said. “More than 90 students from our high schools made signs and were on the course to cheer the runners on.”
Also in attendance were mascots Bucky the Beaver, CC! the Pillar, Durby from Durbin Creek Elementary and the Lizzie Dolphin from Ketterlinus Elementary.
The schools with the most participants were Ocean Palms Elementary, 159; Liberty Pines Academy, 42; and Valley Ridge Academy, 25.
Race proceeds will support Character Counts! initiatives throughout the St. Johns County School District.
Photos by Lynn Damm
Runner 1502, Aidan Sinclair, age 10, came in ninth place overall in the 3K
Emily McKee, Mascot Marice Canon and Kelsy Ecclesiastre cheered on the runners.
Runner 1385, Trent Gavazzi, age 9, about to cross the finish line with a fist pump. He finished sixth in his division.
Watching the runners coming in with the Shark mascot
Runner 1371 was so excited to cross the finish line.
Runner 1546, Winston Fletcher, age 30, was the winner of the 3K with a time of 10:51.
Free water, orange slices and bagel slices were available after the race for the runners.