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!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Races This Weekend

I plan to work on a race calendar for this blog, but I simply haven't had the time. Honestly, I should be doing something besides updating this blog right now, but I'd rather be doing this. :) Anyway...

Make your plans to race this weekend! There are several options in the Tennessee Valley this weekend.

Saturday at 8:00 AM right here in Athens is the inaugural Chick Fil A 5k. This race takes advantage of the old Summer Sun 5k course which is certified. The race starts and finishes at the Wellness Center on Washington Street. If you haven't registered yet, stop by Chick Fil A in Athens Friday between 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM to sign up. Race day registration begins at 6:30 AM on Saturday at the Athens Limestone Wellness Center on Washington Street. The fee is $30.

In Decatur beginning at 8:00 AM is the annual River City Run 10k, 5k, and half mile fun run. This is a long standing race that is a very popular and well run event. The 10k is FAST! So, if you're looking for a fast 10k, you won't find a faster one around. The 5k is a new addition to the event. You can register at TC Almon Recreation Center at Point Mallard Park from 5:30 to 7:00 PM Friday or on race day beginning at 6:45 AM.

The Run for Gabby 5k begins at Hampton Cove Middle School Saturday morning at 8:00 AM. This race runs along the Big Cove Creek Greenway in Hampton Cove. You can register at Fleet Feet in Huntsville on Friday from 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM. Race day registration begins at 6:45.

On Sunday afternoon at 2:00, the Hartselle Art Studio is hosting the Art in Motion 5k. The race starts and finishes at the Burleson Fine Arts Center in Hartselle. You can register at Fleet Feet in Huntsville on Thursday. For more information and for an entry form, visit the website,

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Running Wild Half Marathon

The inaugural Running Wild Half Marathon was held in Hanceville, AL, on Saturday, April 3, 2010. This was the newly formed Cullman Running Club's first hosted event. The reports are that this was a very fun and well run event. This was a challenging, hilly 13.1 mile race. There was a storm blowing through that delayed the start by 45 minutes and the runners battled a stiff breeze for much of the race.

The overall winner was Tim Vinson in 1:22:36. The overall female winner and second overall was Mary Jo Schmalz in 1:25:41. The results are available for download at the event website.

The city and state were not included in the results, so Limestone County finishers are based only on name recognition. Please email or leave a comment if you know of Limestone County finishers that are not included below.

  1. Glen King, 1:41:45 (10th overall!)

Oak Barrel Half Marathon

The Oak Barrel Half Marathon was held in Lynchburg, Tennessee, on Saturday, April 3, 2010. This is a scenic 13.1 mile course.

The overall winner was Jason MkKinney of Rossville, GA in 1:17:00. The overall female winner was Katie Caldwell of Franklin, TN, in 1:32:06. The male masters winner was Thomas Sell of Chattanooga, TN, in 1:25:55. The female masters winner was Sheryl Dummer of Huntsville, AL, in 1:47:23. The overall results and age group results are on the race website.

Limesone County finishers included the following runners.

  1. John Pepper of Athens, 1:41:42
  2. Denny Thornton of Athens, 1:54:19
  3. John Smith of Athens, 1:54:20
  4. James Grantham of Athens, 1:58:05
  5. Allen Tucker of Athens, 2:04:38
  6. Rex Tucker of Athens, 2:04:38
  7. Ashley Spry of Athens, 2:27:41
  8. Paige Badges of Goodspring, TN, 2:36:41

(Though Goodspring, TN isn't in Limestone County, Paige is from Athens and trains in Athens often. I'm happy to list runners who are originally from Limestone County or who regularly train here. Just let me know if you know them and I omit them!)

HTC Scholarship Fund Run 8k

The HTC Scholarship Fund Run 8k was Saturday, April 3, 2010 in downtown Huntsville, starting and finishing at Huntsville Middle School. The course does a downtown loop twice before returning to the finish at the middle school.

The overall winner was Josh Whitehead in 25:41. The overall female winner was Emily Hardin and she set a course record by covering the course in 30:03. Candace Jacobs was the 2nd overall female and she set a state age record for 29 year old women by running the 8k in 31:03. Overall results and age group results are available at the HTC website.

Limestone County finishers included the following runners.
  1. Bud Bowen of Elkmont, 35:42
  2. Whitney Hollingsworth of Elkmont, 36:49 (Age Group winner)
  3. Dewey Richards of Athens, 39:08
  4. Tim Fogg of Athens, 40:46
  5. Caville Blake of Athens, 41:43
  6. Laura Cary of Athens, 48:04