This Friday’s Dinner Banquet is SOLD OUT!!!!!
Saturday, 5K Run and Breakfast cook-out
Run or watch the Run. Race starts 8am sharp. Enjoy Breakfast from 8:00am – 9:30am … serving pancakes, eggs, sausage, fruit, bagels, coffee and more. The 5K Run includes many of the area’s top runners, including some who ran in this year’s Boston Marathon. The Awards Ceremony will take place around 9am. Following this Mr. Ryun is putting on a free “running clinic” for interested runners.
JIM RYUN – It’s the 50th year since he became the first high school runner in the world to break the 4 minute mile …one of the greatest athletic achievements of all time. He went on to set world records in multiple events and ran in the Olympics three times. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Jim Ryun. Cameras are welcome.
If you haven’t already – SIGN UP NOW – for great food and a lot of fun!
For information, Breakfast tickets, or to register to run …
Special Guests … at the Dinner Banquet and/or 5K Run
Torie Pedrick (12 yrs old) – 2013 Florida National American Miss Top 15 finisher, will sing “Healing in your Hand” at the Dinner
Louie Armstrong – a jazz impersonator will sing and play his trumpet at the Dinner, performing “What a wonderful world”
Kent Guinn – Ocala’s Mayor, will present Jim Ryun a “key to the city”at the Dinner Banquet.
Al Dunlap – acclaimed former corporate CEO and author of New York Times #1 Best Seller “Mean Business”
Tori Petry – former Miss Marion County USA, University of Florida graduate (5/3/14) Summa Cum Laude with Highest Honors
Ted Yoho – U.S. Congressman and his running team (5 runners) will compete in Saturday morning’s 5K Run.
Boston Marathon – introduction at the Dinner of local runners who participated in this and former Boston Marathons
Local athletes and coaches scheduled to be recognized at the Dinner:
- Walter Ray Williams – #1 Pro Bowler in America in tournament wins and money won. 9 times World Champion horse shoe thrower.
- Dory Funk, Jr. – Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame, NWA World Heavyweight Champion
- Ron Zook –Green Bay Packers’ assistant coach, former head coach at University of Florida and University of Illinois, former assistant NFL coach with Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs
- Scot Brantley – former University of Florida All American linebacker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers pro linebacker, radio announcer
- Brent Hall –Hall of Fame high school football coach, 3 state championships (Ocala Forest two state wins), 4 time Florida Coach of the Year
- The Peek Family (4 brothers) – Albert and Tommy Peek – set a world record in the 200 meter Freestyle Relay event (35-39 age group) at the 1988 World Master Swimming Championship in Brisbane, Australia; alumni University of Florida Swim Team.David and Gene Peek – Ocala High School football stars who went on to play for the Florida Gators’ football team
- Randy Briggs – current President Florida State Golf Association, past Marion Masters Seniors Champion, past FSGA state 4-Ball and Senior 4-Ball Champion, and multiple regional event winner
- Danny Santiago – world class boxer, known as “the Bronx Bomber”, runs an Ocala gym program that helps disadvantaged youth.
- Joey Fitzpatrick–2013 United States AAU Cross Country Champion (14 years old)
- Nicole Smith – 2013 Marion County Middle School Cross Country Champion
- Audrey Carpenter – 2013 Star-Banner High School female runner of the year for Marion County
- David Rood – 2013 Star-Banner High School male runner of the year for Marion County
- BeJai Fray – Girls High School Weightlifting Champion for Florida in the 139-pound weight class, 2014 state long jump champion
- Katerina Dobkowski – only 12 years old but overall female winner of seven 5K Run events in 2013/14
- Grace Daley – former female Florida High School state record holder in the 880m run, Ocala Star-Banner basketball Player of the Year 3 consecutive times, Parade All American, 3 time All American at Tulane University, 1st round draft pick in pro basketball’s WNBA, 2014 winner of Golden Apple Teacher Award
- Mike Cotton – raised in Ocala and became NCAA national champion in the pole vault, University of Florida Hall of Fame