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Wes, Will and Parks Robinson stand by one of five mile markers dedicated Jan. 29 to their late dad, Bill Robinson, on the Bill Robinson Lakeside Loop at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota.

Nathan Benderson Park dedicates trail to the late Bill Robinson

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 |

Wes, Will and Parks Robinson stand by one of five mile markers dedicated Jan. 29 to their late dad, Bill Robinson, on the Bill Robinson Lakeside Loop at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota.

Luke Henry Simmons, 3, and James Simmons, 4, had their own way of warming up before their race. Their dad, Adam Simmons says they would whine some about the cold, but would be excited to get medals for the race.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 |

Luke Henry Simmons, 3, and James Simmons, 4, had their own way of warming up before their race. Their dad, Adam Simmons says they would whine some about the cold, but would be excited to get medals for the race.

A group of friends and family gather next to one of five mile markers dedicated Jan. 29 to former SANCA Board Chair Bill Robinson, who died in 2020 of leukemia.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 |

A group of friends and family gather next to one of five mile markers dedicated Jan. 29 to former SANCA Board Chair Bill Robinson, who died in 2020 of leukemia.

Five-year-old Brendan Parks Robinson, the grandson of former SANCA Board Chair Bill Robinson, sprints to the front during the Big Bill Foundation Kids Dash.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 |

Five-year-old Brendan Parks Robinson, the grandson of former SANCA Board Chair Bill Robinson, sprints to the front during the Big Bill Foundation Kids Dash.

Tiffany Alston and 3-year-old Kevin Alston of Parrish show off Kevin's medal he won in the Kids Dash.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 |

Tiffany Alston and 3-year-old Kevin Alston of Parrish show off Kevin's medal he won in the Kids Dash.

Jane Conway of Davidson, North Carolina, and Kathy Boyd of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, ran the race during a visit to check out the region. Their sunglasses were just "something fun." They say they might become snowbirds.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 |

Jane Conway of Davidson, North Carolina, and Kathy Boyd of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, ran the race during a visit to check out the region. Their sunglasses were just "something fun." They say they might become snowbirds.

District 71 Rep. Will Robinson spoke during a brief ceremony before the race to dedicate the loop around the lake to his dad, the late Bill Robinson.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 |

District 71 Rep. Will Robinson spoke during a brief ceremony before the race to dedicate the loop around the lake to his dad, the late Bill Robinson.

Francisco Flores, 10, and Frankie Flores, 9, show off their medals.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 |

Francisco Flores, 10, and Frankie Flores, 9, show off their medals.

Francisco Flores, 10, won the 12 and under Kids Dash.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 |

Francisco Flores, 10, won the 12 and under Kids Dash.

Sarasota County Commissioner Rod Cutsinger spoke during the ceremony at Nathan Benderson Park to dedicate the trail around the lake to the late Bill Robinson.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 |

Sarasota County Commissioner Rod Cutsinger spoke during the ceremony at Nathan Benderson Park to dedicate the trail around the lake to the late Bill Robinson.

Parks Robinson, who owns Fit2Run, talks about his dad, the late Bill Robinson, before the Big Bill Foundation 5K at Nathan Benderson Park.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 |

Parks Robinson, who owns Fit2Run, talks about his dad, the late Bill Robinson, before the Big Bill Foundation 5K at Nathan Benderson Park.

Palmetto's Alvin Ducre didn't seem to be bothered by the cold conditions. "It's not too bad out there," he says. "It's better than the heat."

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 |

Palmetto's Alvin Ducre didn't seem to be bothered by the cold conditions. "It's not too bad out there," he says. "It's better than the heat."

Todd Buckingham of Grand Rapids, Michigan, who was on a short vacation to the region, was the overall race winner in 15:25. It was his 33rd birthday. He says he loves the course.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 |

Todd Buckingham of Grand Rapids, Michigan, who was on a short vacation to the region, was the overall race winner in 15:25. It was his 33rd birthday. He says he loves the course.

Many of the runners at the Big Bill Foundation 5K and Kids Dashes, such as 2-year-old Charlie Hale of Sarasota, dressed for the frigid temperatures.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 |

Many of the runners at the Big Bill Foundation 5K and Kids Dashes, such as 2-year-old Charlie Hale of Sarasota, dressed for the frigid temperatures.

The Kids Dashes were limited in numbers due to the cold, but the participants still were enthusiastic.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 |

The Kids Dashes were limited in numbers due to the cold, but the participants still were enthusiastic.

Sheri Bedford of Sarasota was warming up before the Big Bill Foundation 5K at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota. Bedford says at the age of 69, she needs some extra warmup, especially when the temperature is in the 40s.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 |

Sheri Bedford of Sarasota was warming up before the Big Bill Foundation 5K at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota. Bedford says at the age of 69, she needs some extra warmup, especially when the temperature is in the 40s.

Emily Hale, 5, of Sarasota, had her own style during the Big Bill Foundation Kids Dash at Nathan Benderson Park.

Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022 |

Emily Hale, 5, of Sarasota, had her own style during the Big Bill Foundation Kids Dash at Nathan Benderson Park.

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