Midpoint Madness 5K shuts down for traffic, honors local veterans
FORT MYERS, Fla.- More than 700 people decked out in bright yellow T-shirts made their way onto the Midpoint Bridge Wednesday evening.
The group ran more than 3 miles during the Midpoint Madness 5K honoring service men on Veterans Day.
“We risked our lives for this country,” said Greg Hill, a Navy veteran who served during the Vietnam War. “I have a lot of friends that didn’t come back and it’s a special day.”
He says he’s ran in similar races before, but feels this one is special.
“Veterans Day is a very emotional day for me. I love this race, I love running the bridge… I’m not fast, but I finish.”
The group honored the vets during the race by wearing red, white and blue glow-in-the-dark necklaces, a part of the event’s theme this year “glow run”.
The run lasted just over an hour, with some runners finishing in less than 20 minutes. Others, took the full time.
The money collected during the event is given to the local YMCA, helping raise funds for communities and families in need in Southwest Florida.