Sonja Friend-Uhl knew she was running for two when she, and her six month baby girl, won the 5 K competition at the annual Marathon of the Palm Beaches in Palm Beach with a time of 19 minutes and 15 seconds.
"Friend-Uhl is six months' pregnant and was
planning to run comfortably. It just so happened that what was
comfortable for her — 19 minutes, 15 seconds — put her atop the results
list, although race organizers didn't list her unborn baby girl as the
winner of the 9-under division, too.
No matter. Shortly after finishing the 3.1-mile course, Friend-Uhl
slipped back into her role as a mother, helping daughter Brianna, 7,
prepare for the final 1.2-mile leg of the Read-n-Run Marathon Mile, in
which elementary and middle-school students completed the 26.2-mile
marathon distance in increments over the past several months.
If the sight of 500 runners in today's 5K was impressive, consider
that there were six times as many kids — about 3,000 students from
about 70 schools — lacing up running shoes, sneakers or reasonable
"It's exciting to see all the kids running across the finish line
because those are our future marathoners," race founder Iva Grady said.
"Every year the number of kids continues to grow and grow and grow. Who
knows where we're going to end up putting all these kids in the next
couple of years?"