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7 Mile Bridge Run 2018 - Photo 1

About 1,500 runners fan out over Florida Keys waters during the Seven Mile Bridge Run Saturday, April 14, 2018, near Marathon, Fla. The race over the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico was initiated in 1982 to mark the completion of a federally funded bridge rebuilding program to replace 37 aging spans originally built in the early 1900s to carry railroad trains. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

7 Mile Bridge Run 2018 - Photo 3

In this aerial photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, a portion of a field of about 1,500 runners reaches the top of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway's longest bridge during the Seven Mile Bridge Run Saturday, April 14, 2018, near Marathon, Fla. The race over the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico was initiated in 1982 to mark the completion of a federally funded bridge rebuilding program to replace 37 aging spans originally built in the early 1900s to carry railroad trains. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

7 Mile Bridge Run 2018 - Photo 2

In this aerial photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, a portion of a field of about 1,500 runners reaches the top of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway's longest bridge during the Seven Mile Bridge Run Saturday, April 14, 2018, near Marathon, Fla. The race over the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico was initiated in 1982 to mark the completion of a federally funded bridge rebuilding program to replace 37 aging spans originally built in the early 1900s to carry railroad trains. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Bob Care/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

Florida Keys Seven Mile Bridge Run Attracts 1,500 Competitors

Student Aydan Child claimed the overall men’s title during Saturday’s 37th annual Seven Mile Bridge Run across the Florida Keys Overseas Highway’s longest bridge.
 
Child, 17, finished first among some 1,500 participants with a time of 40 minutes and one second. The Marathon high school junior has been running the iconic race since age nine.

2016 Seven Mile Bridge Run 08

Josh Peterson, 23, approaches the finish line to win the overall men's title at the Seven Mile Bridge Run Saturday, April 9, 2016, near Marathon, Fla. Peterson, a resident of Boca Raton, Fla., completed the course in 38:57, for his third consecutive men; title. The race across the longest bridge of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway featured 1,500 competitors. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2016 Seven Mile Bridge Run 08

The field of 1,500 runners begin the Seven Mile Bridge Run Saturday, April 9, 2016, near Marathon, Fla., in the Florida Keys. The race was initiated in 1982 to mark the completion of a federally funded program to build a new Seven Mile Bridge, left, and 36 other spans for the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2016 Seven Mile Bridge Run 07

Competitors in the Seven Mile Bridge Run create lengthy shadows on the longest bridge of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway Saturday, April 9, 2016, near Marathon, Fla. The annual footrace attracted 1,500 competitors. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2016 Seven Mile Bridge Run 06

Laura DiBella, 37, approaches the finish line to win the overall women's title at the Seven Mile Bridge Run Saturday, April 9, 2016, near Marathon, Fla. DiBella, a resident of Fernandina Beach, Fla., completed the course in 43:00, for her third consecutive women's title. The race across the longest bridge of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway featured 1,500 competitors. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2016 Seven Mile Bridge Run 05

Competitors in the Seven Mile Bridge Run are cooled thanks to water showers provided by the City of Marathon Fire Department Saturday, April 9, 2016, near Marathon, Fla. The annual footrace across the longest bridge of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway was initiated in 1982 and attracted 1,500 competitors. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2016 Seven Mile Bridge Run 04

A U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat crosses underneath the Seven Mile Bridge Saturday, April 9, 2016, during the Seven Mile Bridge Run near Marathon, Fla. The annual footrace across the longest bridge of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway was initiated in 1982 and attracted 1,500 competitors. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2016 Seven Mile Bridge Run 03

A portion of the field of 1,500 runners cross the Seven Mile Bridge Saturday, April 9, 2016, near Marathon, Fla. The Seven Mile Bridge Run was initiated in 1982 to mark the completion of a federally funded program to build a new Seven Mile Bridge and 36 other spans for the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2016 Seven Mile Bridge Run 02

A portion of the field of 1,500 runners climbs the "hump" of the Seven Mile Bridge in the Florida Keys, Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the Seven Mile Bridge Run near Marathon, Fla. The race was initiated in 1982 to mark the completion of a federally funded program to build a new Seven Mile Bridge and 36 other spans for the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2016 Seven Mile Bridge Run 01

The field of 1,500 runners begin the Seven Mile Bridge Run Saturday, April 9, 2016, near Marathon, Fla., in the Florida Keys. The race was initiated in 1982 to mark the completion of a federally funded program to build a new Seven Mile Bridge, left, and 36 other spans for the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2015 Seven Mile Bridge Run 03

A portion of the field of 1,500 competitors run across the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico during the Seven Mile Bridge Run Saturday, April 18, 2015, near Marathon, Fla., in the Florida Keys. The annual footrace across the longest of 42 bridges over water that help comprise the Florida Keys Overseas Highway began in 1982. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2015 Seven Mile Bridge Run 02

A portion of the field of 1,500 competitors run across the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico during the Seven Mile Bridge Run Saturday, April 18, 2015, near Marathon, Fla., in the Florida Keys. The annual footrace across the longest of 42 bridges over water that help comprise the Florida Keys Overseas Highway began in 1982. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2015 Seven Mile Bridge Run 01

A portion of the field of 1,500 competitors run across the convergence of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico during the Seven Mile Bridge Run Saturday, April 18, 2015, near Marathon, Fla., in the Florida Keys. The annual footrace across the longest of 42 bridges over water that help comprise the Florida Keys Overseas Highway began in 1982. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2014 Seven Mile Bridge Run 02

A cruising boat begins to pass underneath the Florida Keys' Seven Mile near Marathon, Fla., Saturday, April 5, 2014, as contestants compete in the Seven Mile Bridge Run. The annual event attracted 1,500 runners who ran over the longest of 42 bridges over water that help comprise the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2014 Seven Mile Bridge Run 01

Contestants in the Seven Mile Bridge Run near Marathon, Fla., approach the span's highest point Saturday, April 5, 2014. The annual event attracted 1,500 runners who ran over the longest of 42 bridges over water that help comprise the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. The run began in 1982 to help herald the completion of a federally funded construction program that built 37 new bridges in the Keys. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2013 Seven Mile Bridge Run 02

Contestants in the Seven Mile Bridge Run near Marathon, Fla., approach the span's highest point Saturday, April 5, 2014. The annual event attracted 1,500 runners who ran over the longest of 42 bridges over water that help comprise the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. The run began in 1982 to help herald the completion of a federally funded construction program that built 37 new bridges in the Keys. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)

2013 Seven Mile Bridge Run 01

Some 1,500 runners in the annual Seven Mile Bridge Run head west Saturday, April 13, 2013, near Marathon, Fla. The bridge is the longest of 42 spans over water that help comprise the Florida Keys Overseas Highway. The footrace was first staged in 1982. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau/HO)