Sarasota Veteran Bill Welch Runs 1,000th 5K Race

Sommer Sports
August 10, 2017

Sommer Sports has created a special number “1000” race bib


Sommer SportsClermont, FL, August. 12, 2017 – Bill Welch, Sarasota, Florida resident will be running his 1000th 5k run just weeks before his 80th birthday on August 12th, 2017 at Clermont’s Summer Sprint Triathlon/Duathlon/5K Series event. Mr. Welch is an Air Force veteran and has kept meticulous records of every race in preparation for reaching this goal prior to his 80th birthday on September 6th, 2017. He will be running with his son-in-law, Daniel Skulan, from Union, Kentucky.


Mr Welch’s wife, Ruth Welch, age 85, may not be able to cheer her husband personally due to her health, so Sommer Sports has created a special number “1000” race bib and has utilized social media to ensure that all the other runners and spectators will give Bill Welch a big “high five” and extra cheers for this inspiring life achievement.


The Clermont 5K Series event starts at 7:15am, at Clermont Waterfront Park, 330 3rd Street, Clermont, FL  34711. 


About Sommer Sports

Located in Clermont, Florida, Sommer Sports is celebrating 34 years of multisport event management and timing for athletes and well-being of the community. Sommer Sports strives to produce entertaining participatory athletic events that enrich people’s lives and inspire all. For more information, visit

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