- February 24, 2021
Lakewood Ranch's David Proudfoot ran away from just under 300 participants to win the first Run for the Beads 5K at Waterside Place on Feb. 18.
His margin of victory was so large he had plenty of time to look around.
That was enjoyable because the course took Proudfoot, and the rest of the runners, through some Waterside neighborhoods.
"These are some very nice neighborhoods," Proudfoot said. "It was a good representation of Lakewood Ranch."
The Mardi Gras-themed race was presented by the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund to raise money for area nonprofits. Initial estimates were that the race raised more than $10,000.
Many of the participants talked about the fun theme and how they hoped the race would become an annual event.
A long line formed in front of the beer and champagne station after the race, beginning about 9:30 a.m.
Lakewood Ranch's Steve Saladino was asked if he wanted to have a beer so early.
"Heck yeah!" he said. "On Saturday and Sunday, there is no non rule."