5K at the St Augustine Lighthouse

The Lighthouse Shines On With The 15 Annual Lighthouse  5KRun

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Runners pass under the Lighthouse at the start of the 5K

Close to 500 runners, of all ages, joined in on the 15 Annual Lighthouse Run and Night Fest. What started as an ideal as a fundraiser for the Junior Service League15 years ago, has grown into a St Augustine tradition.

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Kim Brantly crossed the finish line first in the women’s division.

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Aubrie Simpson, a JSL member

Local resident Kim Brantly won her second race of the day, placing first in the woman’s division of the Lighthouse 5K. “I raced last year.” Brantly said. “It’s great scenery and living by the Lighthouse and seeing how it serves the community is great.” With over 40 kids involved in the kids race, this has proven to be one of the best family friendly events in St Augustine.
In 1980 a group of 16 volunteers began a project to restore the Lighthouse Keeper’s House that had been destroyed by fire. As the county pushed for demolition of the house, 16 volunteer banded together to raise the funds needed to restore the historic structure. For fifteen years these dedicated women, most with children on hip, kept the fire burning with the completion of the project. Going on to restore the tower as well, in 1988 the site was open for all to enjoy. The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, Inc. was separately incorporated in 1998 as a not for profit institution with a mission of history, education and community service.

The Junior Service League went on to aid the community in a variety of ways. One of their latest project is The Kids Bridge, a safe visitation center for families, located in downtown St Augustine. The funds raised on the 5K will be used to assist the Junior Service League with their mission of service to the community.
Aubrie Simpson, a provisional member of the Junior Service League, was there as a volunteer. “I joined to make a difference in the community.” said this kindergarten teacher from St Paul’s School of Excellence.“I liked what the Junior Service League was involved in. They do so much for kids.” she continued.
Hundreds of visitors were also invited into the St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum to visit and see the latest improvements and activities the museum has to offer. What started as a burned out shell has grown to one of the worlds most respected Maritime Museums in the country. Offering educational and programs on Marinetime Heritage, this working Lighthouse has directed sailors for over 100 years
With a courtyard full of people, families, neighbors and community members, the excitement could be felt all evening. New exhibits and information were shared with the visitors and as the night wore an and the band wound down the sense of community could be felt as eyes fell on the tower, the icon in this community that says you made it home!