Saturday, April 10, 2010

Chick Fil A 5k

The inaugural Chick Fil A 5k benefitting the Jessica Elkins Meningitis Awareness Foundation was held in downtown Athens on April 10, 2010. The reports are that there were 465 registrants for the race and there were 414 finishers according to the official results. That was beyond the expectations of many!

Of the 414 finishers, nearly 300 were from Limestone County. So, rather than list the finishers individually here, check out the official results which nearly reads like a list of Limestone County finishers! The HTC website has also posted Age Group results and a list of award winners.

Brandon Mader of Huntsville was the overall winner in 16:12, and he led the race from the start. The top Limestone County finisher was Eric Patterson of Athens in 18:50, 4th overall.

Chick Fil A was the title sponsor for this event, and the organization and execution of this race was professional. There were Chick Fil A cows greeting the children and cheering on the runners. Jessica Elkins' father was there near the aid station encouraging runners as they passed. Mayor Dan Williams was the MC for the awards presentation.

The weather was sunny with calm winds and temperatures in the 40s at race start, but warmed into the 60s for the awards. It was a perfect spring day for a great event for the city of Athens!

All of you Limestone County runners who participated in this event, remember the Duck and Run 5k on September 18!

Also, I found some pictures from the Chick Fil A 5k on the AthensPlus website, so I wanted to share that link with my readers. I sure enjoyed browsing the pictures! Enjoy! http://athensplus.com/5krunwalk7.htm

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