ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (FOX 13) - Northbound lanes of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge were shutdown Sunday morning as over 8-thousand runners took part in the second-annual Skyway 10k.
It's one of the biggest races in Tampa Bay with one of the best views."[It was] Beautiful, breathtaking, dolphins in the water. We live in paradise and it was just amazing," said Penny Hunter, one of the runners.
While some jogged to the top of Florida's tallest bridge, others walked. However, all of the runners crossed the finish line for the same great cause.
"The Armed Forces Family Foundation is special, because one hundred percent of every dollar that is donated to the Armed Forces Family Foundation goes directly to the cause. So not only is one hundred percent of the proceeds of the race going directly to the foundation, but a hundred percent of the proceeds that they raise goes directly to the cause," said James Judge, the spokesman for the Skyway 10k.
The race, which takes over a year to plan, supports military families. Last year, half a million dollars was raised to give back to those who serve. "Last year we raised over 560-thousand dollars for the Armed Forces Family Foundation, and this year we expect to raise much more than that," said Judge.
For the runners, they said the exhaustion was well worth it. "It was awesome to do this together," said Jon Finnegan, a runner who finished the race alongside his wife. "Especially to come out here and support such a great cause, our American Forces, armed forces families and their networks."
They said it was a great way to give back to those who give so much. "A wonderful feeling to be doing this to support them," said Hunter. Planning for the third annual Skyway 10k set to be hosted in 2020 will begin in just a few weeks .