Gulfstream Park 5k Road Race Draws 200 Runners

Gulfstream Park 5k Road Race Draws 200 Runners

05/14/2011

 HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Gulfstream Park opened its main track to 200 runners Saturday morning for the inaugural Police Athletic League (PAL) of Hallandale Beach 5k Run.

For many participants, stepping on Gulfstream’s main track, which has been raced on by numerous champions and Kentucky Derby (G1) winners, including this year’s winner Animal Kingdom, was a memorable experience.

“This has been a dream of mine for 20 years,” said Bruce Whitten, a thoroughbred racing fan and track coach at Hollywood Hills High School. “I’m a passionate thoroughbred racing fan and when I come here to watch the horses I’ve always thought about how great it would be to run across this track. So when I heard about this race I had to come out. In fact, right now I’m injured. But I came off the injured list for a chance to do this.”

Participants started the race on Gulfstream’s first turn, raced down the backstretch and into the stretch before runners were directed inside the sixteenth pole through the shops and restaurants of The Village At Gulfstream Park. Runners then came back on the main track for the final 1 1/8th mile of the race.

“This was great. I really loved it,” said Michael Korir, 35, of Hollywood, the top overall finisher with a time of 16:24, nearly two minutes ahead of second-place finisher Rodolfo Gonzalez. “It was really a different experience running across this surface. I was watching the Kentucky Derby last week and I was thinking of the horses that raced across Gulfstream.”

Gonzalez, a native of Venezuela and resident of Hollywood, said; “There’s really no surface to run over like this in South Florida. I wish we could do it every week. I thought it was a lot of fun. When you’re on the (backstretch) and you’re getting a little tired you can think of the horses and how they run and how focused they are.”

Hallandale Beach Police Chief Dwayne Flourney said; “As an avid runner I can tell you it was an awesome course. It was a great opportunity for people from the tri-country area to experience Gulfstream Park and The Village at Gulfstream Park.”

Gulfstream Park President and GM Steve Calabro said; “The inaugural Gulfstream 5k was a great event and offered everyone in the community an opportunity to run on a unique surface and environment. Gulfstream’s management and staff are committed to reaching out to all of our communities, and we look forward building on the success of this event.”

Race results in all age division can be found at:
http://www.splitsecondtiming.com/results/2011/palrun2011.html