Marathon, Florida Teen wins the 7-Mile Bridge Run

7-mile Bridge Marathon Florida Keys

The famed Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys is one of the longest bridges in the world and connects the Middle Keys to the Lower Keys. One Saturday every April, the seemingly endless bridge closes to vehicles and opens for running shoes. This year’s race was won by 17-year-old Marathon High School junior, Aydan Child.

The teen finished the race in 40 minutes, one second. The run’s female division was won by 39-year-old Laura DiBella of Fernandina Beach, with a time of 42:43.

About 1,500 people came out to participate in the Florida Keys Overseas Highway’s annual event. Onlookers cheered as the run got off to an early morning start.

Both the Second- and third-place winners in the men’s division are from Fort Lauderdale. 34-year-old Nicholas Brazier Alvarado finished with a time of 40:27, and 28-year-old Tuan Nguyen completed the race in 40:36.

Second place in the women’s division went to 31-year-old Jennifer Absher, of Melbourne, at 43:56; 30-year-old Simona Zacharova, of Delray Beach, placed third at 47:52.

The 7-mile Bridge, which crosses Moser Channel, is the longest in a series of 42 bridges that make up part of the Overseas Highway which spans the islands of the Florida Keys.
Originally constructed from 1909 to 1912 under the direction of Henry Flagler and Clarence S. Coe as part of the Florida East Coast Railway‘s Key West Extension, the bridge was also known as the Overseas Railroad.
The 7-Mile Bridge Run began in 1982 to mark the completion of a federally funded bridge rebuilding program.

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