St. Johns residents make great showing at Bridge of Lions 5K

Unless provoked, lions like to lounge in the shade when the sun is at its most devastating. The same could be said for those who compete in the Bridge of Lions 5K. For most, the competitive spirit is there, but is rarely aroused.
That was not the case Saturday morning. July 15, in Davis Shores as Sean Snyder and David Cash Tampa tried to win the 33rd annual race. Along with Justin Taylor, the trio sprinted down Zorayda Avenue toward the finish line on Alcazar Street in search of a mid-summer confidence boost.
Snyder held on to beat Tampa by three seconds to win the Bridge of Lions for the first time. The 17-year-old finished in 17 minutes 15 seconds. Taylor, a legendary high school runner at St. Joseph Academy and now the Flashes cross-country coach, was third with a time of 17:27.
“It was a lot of hanging in there from the 2-mile to the 3-mile mark,” Snyder said. “I have been putting in the work all summer. I have put in 300 miles from June. My heart wasn’t racing, it was just nerves.”
For the fourth year in a row, the overall winner was someone who was training for an upcoming cross-country season. Snyder, 17, will be a senior at St. Joseph Academy. Tampa, a St. Johns resident who is a member of the University of South Florida cross-country team, would have also continued that trend.
Overall, St. Johns residents made a great showing at the race with 47 residents completing the race. 
Cash Tampa place first in the Male 20-24 group.  Rob Jennis took first place in Male 55-59, and Joseph Murray placed first in the Male 65-69 category.