Sunshine, blue skies and surf made the perfect backdrop for the blur of shoes crossing the finish line of the Ninth Annual Angel Flight Run/Walk held March 10 at the Virginia Beach oceanfront.
One hundred fifty-six runners and walkers gathered at the start line the morning of the 5K race. The event is a fund- and friend-raiser for Angel Flight. This year’s race netted over $5,600. Major dmark Aviation, Food Lion, Farm Fresh, Freedom Ford, Long Jewelers, and TI Associates, Inc.
Virginia Beach Mayor Meyera Oberndorf greeted the crowd and gave a brief history of Angel Flight, mentioning that her husband, Roger, is a volunteer pilot, and praising the organization for its service to people in need.
The race was hosted by Tidewater Striders.
Trophies and medals were awarded for the top three male and female walkers and the top male and female runners of various age categories.
Special drawings were held for pilots, runners, and the general public and included such gifts as a transceiver, gift certificates for fine jewelry, clothing, and two- night stays for two at the Sheraton Oceanfront and Courtyard Marriott hotels.
Astro DJ’s kept things rocking with their upbeat tunes, and a colorful cheerleading squad from Bayside Baptist Church’s Upward sports ministry dazzled the crowd.
Event coordinator Sanovia Baxter said the race was a big success. “It was a bright and sunny day. I enjoyed the crowd enjoying themselves. We appreciate all the participants, friends and supporters.”