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Runners and Families Enjoy Boys Town Central Florida’s Eighth Annual Candy Cane Run

Boys​ Town Central Florida held their Eighth Annual Candy Cane 5K Run at Central Winds Park on a cool and sunny Dec. 13. Holiday spirits were in full form with creative holiday costumes everywhere amongst the crowd of people. One of the sponsors, Krispy Kreme, had donuts flying off the table during the event.

A record number of 526 people registered which more than doubled the race numbers from last year. Many runners came with their families and activities were held for children including, art and crafts such as picture frame ornaments, candy cane mice making, face painting and photos with Santa. The Winter Springs High School drama club also entertained youth by dressing up as popular characters Elsa and Ana from Frozen, Cinderella, Snow White, Jasmine, Spiderman and Batman.

This year, medals were handed out to everyone who crossed the finish line by the children and staff of Boys Town Central Florida. The medals symbolize the beginning of an annual tradition. “We will give a special box to everyone who runs for five years consecutively to store the medals,” explains Jackie Nitti, Administrative Assistant, Boys Town Central Florida. “Each year the medals will change and continue to have a different design representing Boys Town.”

Along with the Winter Springs High School drama club, volunteers and sponsors also included: Boys Town youth from residential programs; Glen Richards from Fox 35 who came to broadcast the weather; The Canova’s Photography and Moon Glade Photography took photos; Red Sun Yoga led warm-ups before the race; Cory Skeates from the Oviedo-Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce was DJ; Racetime Sports officiated and timed the race; Tijuana Flats; Beers & Gordon, PA; Citizen’s Bank of Florida; My House Fitness; Darlene Brown Team Keller Williams; UFC Gym; and United Behavioral Center among many others.

Fun awards also were given out with best costume going to Lori Robb and the Biggest Team Award to Beers & Gordon with 44 runners.

Many runners had a great time and intend to return next year. “I enjoyed the race. It is the first time I have run it, and have to say it was conducted in a very organized manner,” said Candy Cane 5K participant Clay Johnson. “I will definitely be back to run it again.”

“Having such a successful event will enable us to grow awareness of our programs and the services we offer the community,” said Nitti. “Our goal moving forward is to increase sponsorship and grow every year.”

A special thank you to all of the participants, volunteers and sponsors that made the Eighth Annual Candy Cane 5K Run a sweet winter wonderland success for the youth and programs at Boys Town Central Florida.

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