The 20th annual running of the Boo Run was close to not happening.
But early Saturday morning, with a full moon sitting in full view of 500 runners in the FCCI Insurance Group parking lot in Lakewood Ranch, the Boo Run went off as scheduled.
Jen Tullio, who was acting as Boo Run race director for the 15th year, was having a tough time handling her usual pre-race responsibilities as she went through treatment earlier this year for breast cancer.
But when Tullio thought that she might have to cancel the event, Carl Albano of the Lakewood Ranch Running Club took over as race director and the club's members did everything necessary to keep the event alive.
Funds for the event go toward the Another Day for Gray Foundation and the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch.
The Grayson of Another Day for Gray is Tullio's son Grayson Tullio, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
"The 20th is a big deal," Jen Tullio said of the race. "The year before COVID we had 1,000 runners. The year after, we had 300 runners, and now we are slowly building back."
Jen Tullio said some funds from the race go to the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, which has provided support for research that has led to a new steroid that "will buy those with Duchenne muscular dystrophy more time" as a cure is sought.
"This is making a difference," she said of the race.