PILOT MOUNTAIN — Organizers report participation remained strong for the second Surry County School’s Educational Foundation Make A Difference 5K and Fun Run.
Foundation liaison Melissa White reports around $28,000 was raised with proceeds going to the group’s goal of providing more educational opportunities for county students. White said more than 300 participated in the 5K and fun run with 277 registered in the 5K which remained about level with last year’s totals.
“This year our sponsors really helped by setting up booths which I think drew in more crowds,” said White. “The weather was perfect. We had sunshine and not rain and we had a lot of participation with a lot of schools represented.”
She praised the support of Capital Bank, Dairy Queen, Novant Health and By Foot Sports and major corporate sponsors Renfro Corporation and Carolina Carports, with Surry Insurance serving as the volunteer sponsor for the races this year and helping make the brightly colored volunteer shirts possible.
“This is an event which really counts on the volunteers to make it run,” White said. “We had the (electronic) chip timing this year which worked great. It was our first ever for this and it allowed runners to know how well they did when they crossed the finish line.” White said the event also received a large amount of comments from well seasoned runners on how smoothly the runs were conducted.
The place, name and times for the second annual MAD Dash 5K winners by category are:
5K overall, females — First: Alyssa Cox, 23;27; Second: Lori Beasley, 24:38. 5K overall, males — First: Matthew Mayes, 18:02; Second: Alex Bowes, 20:04.
5K females— (10 years and under) First: Courtney Brown, 28:50: Second: Weatherly Reeves, 34:09. 5K male (10 years and under) — First: Joseph Snow, 26:26; Second: Spencer LeClair, 28:13.
5K female (11-13 years) — First: Madison Upchurch, 31:09; Second: Carlie Via, 31:30. 5K male (11-13 years) — First: Cameron Knox, 22:36; Second: Elek Wyble, 26:11.
5K female (14-16 years) — First: Claire Via, 29:04; Second: Anna Senter, 32:52. 5K male ( 14 — 16 years) — First: Hunt Harrison, 20:47; Second: Jeremiah Griffin, 23:50.
5K female (17-19 years) — First: Sydney Bedsaul, 25:21; Second: Emma Harrison, 28:36. 5K male (17-19 years) — First: Matthew Schumak, 21:25; Second: Victor Flores, 21:48.
5k female (20-29 years) — First: Ashley Woodring, 25:54; Second: Melissa Lawrence, 26:20. 5k male (20-29 years) — First: Kevin Wright, 21:46; Second: Zach Marquand, 24:16.
5K female (30-39 years) — First: Laura Whitaker, 27:57; Second: Jennifer Gonzalez, 29:13. 5K male (30-39 years) — First: Chad Tidd, 21:08; Second: Benji Knox, 22:35.
5K female (40-49 years) — First: Jennifer Riska, 27:59; Second: Donna Stowe, 29:20. 5K male (40-49 years) — First: Travis Reeves, 22:13; Second: Matt Wilmoth, 24:05.
5K female (50-59 years) — First: Lynette Smith, 25:06; Second: Emily Summey, 30:00. 5K male (50-59 years) — First: John Bowes, 23:02; Second: Greg Gwynn, 24:03.
5K female (60 and up) — First: Faye Haas, 44:35; Second: Bonnie Martin, 56:05. 5K male (60 and up) — First: Douglas Brunner, 26:23; Second: Jimmy Thomas, 26:23.
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