Running Club Hosts 5K in Memory of Fellow Member

By: Kati Weis Email
By: Kati Weis Email

The "Moonshine 5k" put on Sunday night by the Panhandle Runner's Club was originally because of the super moon.

But, when local triathelete and runner's club member Paul Brannon was found dead in his panama city home last monday, the organization decided to honor him by doing what he loved most.

Members of the organization say that during their run over the bridge, they threw a wreath into the bay in Brannon's memory.

Friends of brannon say that he loved to kayak through the bay. Two days before he died, Brannon ran 31 miles and biked 65 miles in preparation for future races.

Joe Edgecombe, a close friend of Brannon's said, "great guy, I mean, good sense of humor, liked to stop and smell the roses, you know. Just a great personality, you know."

Jordyn Brown, a runner at the 5K said, "it feels good because you're running for a purpose and not just to be out there. It gives a little more meaning to it."

"I think it's just going to be pretty fun today," said John Parauka, a runner at the event.

The panhandle runners club says they host three races a year, and it doesn't matter if you run, walk, or waddle, as long as you get out, get involved, and have some fun - it's what they say brannon would have supported.

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