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Skyway 10K coverage: Runners reflect on finishing the 6.2-mile race

One U.S. Army Purple Heart recipient said it's a proud moment to see all of the community participate in an event that supports the military.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Participants in the sixth annual Skyway 10K have probably kicked their shoes off by now as the event wraps up this Sunday morning.

Nearly 8,000 handcycles, runners and walkers participated in the 6.2-mile run across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Buses took them from Tropicana Field to the Manatee County side of the bridge and they trekked north to the finish line on the Pinellas County side.

The Skyway 10K benefits the Armed Forces Families Foundation with 100 percent of the race registration dollars going toward projects supporting the military and their families.

10 Tampa Bay is a proud sponsor of this event, and many of us will be at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and Tropicana Field to cheer you on and provide live coverage of the race.

Latest coverage:

9:10 a.m.: Runners celebrate at the finish line.

8:56 a.m.: As many runners finish, some are still halfway through on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

8:49 a.m.: U.S. Army Purple Heart recipient, Robby Groover, finishes the Skyway 10K.

8:35 a.m.: Family celebrates finishing the Skyway 10K.

8:35 a.m.: She said "yes!" Matt Albritton popped the question midway through the Skyway 10K, and Angie Abbot accepted his proposal.

8:33 a.m.: Anchors catch up with 10 Tampa Bay's Carolina Leid midway through the Skyway 10K.

8:25 a.m.: Participants finishing the race have begun meeting up with friends and others who took on the Skyway 10K.

8:20 a.m.: The flag runners of the Skyway 10K cross the finish line.

8:05 a.m.: Final wave of runners start their 6.2-run in the Skyway 10K as more runners continue to cross the finish line.

7:51 a.m.: Midway through the race for some runners.

7:50 a.m.: Eighth wave of participants gets underway.

7:30 a.m.: Seventh wave of participants begins Skyway 10K.

7:22 a.m.: The sun is starting to peek through this morning!

7:20 a.m.: Sixth wave of participants begins.

7:15 a.m.: 10 Tampa Bay meteorologist Grant Gilmore caught up with us midway through the race.

7:10 a.m.: Fifth wave of participants starts Skyway 10K.

7:09 a.m.: First woman, Jamie Weglarz, 39, of Fort Myers, crosses the finish line. Her official chip time was 39:03.72.

7:08 a.m.: First runner, Mark Benjamin, 34, crosses the finish line. His official chip time was clocked at 37:21.77.

Click here to see final race results.

7 a.m.: Fourth wave of participants begins.

6:57 a.m.: Runners already midway through the Skyway 10K continue the course.

6:53 a.m.: 7 a.m. wave of participants line up ahead of their start time.

6:40 a.m.: Another wave of runners and walkers begins.

6:30 a.m.: First wave of runners and walkers begins.

6:39 a.m.: First handcyclist, Linas Pagano, crosses the finish line.

6:25 a.m.: Hero Florida Highway Patrol trooper Toni Schuck honored before first wave of runners.

6:20 a.m.: First wave of participants, handcyclers, begin.

6:17 a.m.: The singing of the National Anthem.

6:06 a.m.: It's a great morning to race — the weather is cooperating.

5:41 a.m.: Participants from Bus wave A arrive at the starting line

5:06 a.m.: Waves A and B lines load up.

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