Runners lined up outside of Krazy Kup early Saturday morning to take part in one of the most cherished 5Ks of the year.
The Fork Ran Away with the Spoon 5K is held each fall to support the United Food Bank of Plant City. Runners get to dash, jog or even walk a scenic route through the community. Then they come darting back just in time for a quick breather before the the Empty Bowls event. This year’s event featured 39 different soups and was held at the Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum.
The air was brisk Saturday morning and the racers were gathered for the start long before the clock struck 7 a.m. Some wore masks throughout the entire race — attendees were invited to wear their own, but were also provided with themed masks for the race — including the first-place runner, who wore his mask the entire time.
Many families attended the event and children ran alongside their parents and siblings for the race. Some parents even pushed their little ones in strollers while they timed themselves on the course. A hype squad set up shop at the corner of East Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and North Palmer Street to ring cow bells and cheer for every runner in sight.
Following the event, many in attendance posed for victory photos at the starting arch and then walked across the street to the Empty Bowls event, which was just about to begin.