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At the sound of the horn, the Beer Belly 5k began, and runners dashed from the starting line.

Runners chug along at Beer Belly 5k on Lakewood Ranch Main Street

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019 |

At the sound of the horn, the Beer Belly 5k began, and runners dashed from the starting line.

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Joe Angers of Sabal Harbour said he's run the race every year since it started and plans to come back next year.

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019 |

Joe Angers of Sabal Harbour said he's run the race every year since it started and plans to come back next year.

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Friends Hillary Maher of Sarasota and Kristyn Joyce of Massachusetts enjoyed the running and the alcohol.

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019 |

Friends Hillary Maher of Sarasota and Kristyn Joyce of Massachusetts enjoyed the running and the alcohol.

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Joanne Ellis, of Lakewood Ranch, carries her granddaughter Madison Russell before the Beer Belly 5k.

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019 |

Joanne Ellis, of Lakewood Ranch, carries her granddaughter Madison Russell before the Beer Belly 5k.

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About 480 people signed up for this year's Beer Belly 5k, signaling continued growth for the race.

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019 |

About 480 people signed up for this year's Beer Belly 5k, signaling continued growth for the race.

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With the faster racers at the front of the crowd, other racers paced themselves.

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019 |

With the faster racers at the front of the crowd, other racers paced themselves.

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Race volunteers Mary Quinn and Vickie Barth helped encourage and guide racers with the help of sheriff deputy Damon Ackerman.

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019 |

Race volunteers Mary Quinn and Vickie Barth helped encourage and guide racers with the help of sheriff deputy Damon Ackerman.

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Trish West, of Mallory Park, pushed her son Spencer Diorides, 7, during the race.

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019 |

Trish West, of Mallory Park, pushed her son Spencer Diorides, 7, during the race.

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Jessica King, Amy Jones and her niece Blake Dean, and Natalie Vandivier of Pleasant Acres participated in the race as friends and enjoyed some friendly competition with one another.

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019 |

Jessica King, Amy Jones and her niece Blake Dean, and Natalie Vandivier of Pleasant Acres participated in the race as friends and enjoyed some friendly competition with one another.

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While slower participants stuck on one side of the road, faster runners looped back for the last stretch of the race on the other side.

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019 |

While slower participants stuck on one side of the road, faster runners looped back for the last stretch of the race on the other side.

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Ali Evans brought her dog Rumble along for the exercise.

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019 |

Ali Evans brought her dog Rumble along for the exercise.

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Organizer Leslie McHugh and her daughters Lily and Madison enjoyed each other's company at the race.

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019 |

Organizer Leslie McHugh and her daughters Lily and Madison enjoyed each other's company at the race.

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Jen Corn and Beth Swift of Parrish received medals for completing the race.

Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2019 |

Jen Corn and Beth Swift of Parrish received medals for completing the race.

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