PCB marathon gives runners a chance to see old friends, bond with family

Local News

Hundreds of runners participated in the Panama City Beach marathon Saturday morning.

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WMBB) — Panama City Beach held its sixth annual marathon Saturday morning. Locals and travelers lined up at the start line at 7 am.

For many attendees, the race is a way to reconnect with friends and family.

“We’ve got so many friends from our Panama City group here, which is what actually brought me to move to this area,” runner Susan McKenzie said.

McKenzie moved to Bay County because of the strong bond she has to the running group. She also met her husband through running. 

“I almost always have a new Facebook friend by the end of a race,” McKenzie said.

Other runners traveled to Panama City Beach for the races. 

“We leave the husband, we leave the kids, we do something for ourselves,” Kim Rhame, the leader of running group ‘RBR’ said. “We build up life. We eat, we drink, we walk, we run.”

Rhame and her running partners are longtime friends that first met in Singapore.

“We all met when we lived in Singapore,” Rhame said. “And that was in 2010-2011. And we decided to start a running group and run in different countries all over Asia. We’ve since all come back to America, Canada, all over. We get together one to two times a year.”

Others decided to get into running to help with mental health problems. 

“I decided to run to deal with my postpartum depression,” Rebecca Aviles said. “So it’s kind of nice to have a little bit of bonding time with my family outside of being at home.”

Aviles was running alongside family members.

Copyright 2022 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest Local News Video

Two arrested in Walton Co. for human trafficking

City of Lynn Haven to host MLK Day event

Panhandle Weather Forecast: 1/17/22

Local health experts share importance of donating blood amid national blood shortage

Evening Weather Forecast 1-16-22

FDOH Walton County will hold two vaccine clinics next week

More Local News

Don't Miss