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RAP River Run attracts thousands for benefit

Suncoast News staff report

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Huge crowds put on their running shoes and made a dash to Sims Park for the recent Jack Smith Memorial 2014 RAP River Run.

About 2,000 people participated in the benefit, Mark Wickham, president and CEO of Youth and Family Alternatives, estimates. The nonprofit agency operates RAP House for troubled young people.

Youth and Family Alternatives sponsors the benefit run, which was open for runners from ages 8 to 80.

Aiden Curry could top that, though. At the tender age of 8 months old, she rode in a stroller as part of the event.

First-place runner of the five-mile run, Stephen Brown, 19, of Land O’ Lakes strode to the finish line. Brown, a recent graduate of Sun Lake High School, ran both track and cross-country while a student there.

In honor of Flag Day, Drew Smith of Tampa and other members of Team Red, White & Blue carried the American flag for the five-mile route.

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