A Republican presidential candidate from Florida faced criticism online after bragging about his 5K run time on Independence Day.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, a long-shot GOP candidate for president, announced on July 4 that he had achieved a remarkable feat: he placed sixth in a 5K race as a presidential candidate.

“Name another presidential candidate who can finish 6th in a 5k race with a run time of 24 and a half minutes,” Suarez tweeted on Wednesday.

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“Go,” he added.

However, Suarez’s time was quickly surpassed by another presidential candidate.

“Looks like [Vivek Ramaswamy] edges you out here!” responded Ramaswamy spokesperson Tricia McLaughlin, including a link and screenshot of the Ohio GOP candidate’s 23-minute 5K time.

Users online criticized Suarez for his tweet, questioning his decision to boast about his time.

“An 8-minute mile is respectable, but it’s not something to brag about,” journalist Jerry Dunleavy tweeted in response.

Brad Polumbo, editor in chief of Based Politics, pointed out that Suarez’s time was not as impressive as he claimed.

“You do realize that’s quite slow, right?” Polumbo tweeted.

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Kansas City LGBTQ commission chair Justice Horn tweeted that physical fitness should not be equated with suitability for political office.

“The Republican presidential candidates are having a competition to prove who is more masculine, which reveals the true desperation of that party,” Horn continued. “It’s a display of insecure men projecting their insecurities.”

Columnist Andrew Donaldson made a historical reference, joking that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt “won WW2 without the ability to stand unassisted.”

Interestingly, Suarez’s placing in the race was higher than his position in primary polling.

In the latest Fox News poll from last week, Suarez, along with other new additions North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and former Texas Rep. Will Hurd, garnered less than 1% of the vote.

The other two Florida candidates in the race are polling much higher than Suarez.

Former President Donald Trump remains the front-runner with 56% of the vote in the 2024 GOP primary.

Francis Suarez

Ironically, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez’s race placement is higher than his GOP primary polling placement. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis holds a strong second position in the polls, with 22% of GOP voters supporting him as he aims to challenge Trump for the top spot.

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Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, President Biden remains the clear front-runner but faces a challenge from two rival candidates: environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and self-help guru Marianne Williamson.

Biden’s support increased slightly from the May poll, reaching 64%. Kennedy gained one point, securing 17% of Democratic voters, while Williamson achieved double-digit support with 10%.

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