The turnout for the Destin Beach Ultra race event may have been small last weekend in number but the amount of dollars raised was big.
“Overall this was the second smallest crowd we have ever had, but we raised the most money we have every raised,” said race director Zane Holscher in an email.
This year, the runners raised just over $60,000 for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, bringing the six year total for the running event to $250,000 raised for SOWF.
“Our aim is to break even between event costs, entry fees, and sponsorships and give our runners a great platform for individual fundraising,” Holscher said.
The ultra race events take place between Destin Pass and Seagrove right along the Gulf of Mexico on the beach.
The top three finishers in the 50K were Rob Marens with a finish of 4:21:14; Donna Arrington, 4:48:28; and Logan Schillinger, 4:51:55.
Top three in the 50 mile event were Ron Brooks, 7:29:20; Catherine Toriello, 8:04:51; and Jason Wheat, 8:37:55.
In the 27-hour division, the top three were Marshall Edmondson who made it 118 miles in the 10:29:38; Christy Johnston, 110 miles, 12:28:47; and Paul Homan, 102 miles, 12:15:52.
In the 24-hour division, the top three were Rhea Loney, 102 miles; Mary Valdez, 94 miles; and Debra McKenzie, 84 miles.
Top three relay teams were Good Time Bad Idea, 7:48:42; Rwbone Team, 7:49:00; and Fif onetwothreefour, 8:21:00.
The Ultra races are operated as a 501c3 public charity.