Bushwacker 5-K unites runners for charitable cause
By Julie B. Connerley
Reprinted Courtesy of The Islander
1987 (with a two-year hiatus), the event has become the largest volunteer 5-K
run on the
the race course, arranging bus transportation from the
Afterwards, feeding 1200 tired, hot, and hungry runners and walkers is no small task. Denice Hair and her team of 12 volunteers kept the food line moving with a veritable feast of sandwiches, fruits, cookies, brownies, chips, pizza and more, as the masses moved toward their final goal—beer and Bushwackers.
Main Street Band, the official Capt’n Fun Runners band, played at the Quietwater Boardwalk band shell. The band’s history with the runners includes performing the running club’s official dance song (with apologies to the original recording artists).
what makes the annual Bushwacker 5-K so special is the camaraderie of the
runners themselves—like John Wall, of
first met the Capt’n Fun Runners when as a group, they
party wound down, a group of runners were still carrying on, so I decided I
better go over and find out who they were.
“After learning they were not from New Orleans, I gave them pointers on where to go and what to do while they were in town, and when the Capt’n Fun Runners returned to New Orleans a couple of months later, we all got together again.
whenever the Capt’n Fun Runners come to The Big Easy, they are provided with
their own keg after the race” he laughed.
Wall has participated in just about every Capt’n Fun annual 5-K since it began—because of the people he met years ago, standing around a beer keg.
Wall doesn’t just go to runs for the terrific parties, however, he has other goals too.
“I decided to run a marathon in all 50 states,” Wall continued. “Since completing that goal, I figured since there were only seven continents, I might as well go for a marathon on each as well.” He has already completed three, and hopes to finish the rest by 2003.
like Brandy Stewart and Joshua Kennedy came from as far away as
Major sponsors included
Albertson’s, Damian’s, Domino’s Pizza (Gulf Breeze), Hardee’s (Gulf Breeze),
Key Sailing, Pensacola Beach, Krispy Kreme, Pensacola Beach Elks Lodge, and
Everyone enjoyed beautiful weather, great music, food, beverages, and each other during the 13th annual Bushwacker 5-K, thanks to the Capt’n Fun Runners, volunteers, and sponsors.