2012-06-14 / Local & State

Runners And Walkers Commit To Fitness At First “Strawberry Stampede”


The 2012 Reaching Wellness Strawberry Stampede participants are pictured above. Winning runners and walkers hold pies as they stand beneath the banner hanging from the porch at Alexander Financial where the event started and finished. The 2012 Reaching Wellness Strawberry Stampede participants are pictured above. Winning runners and walkers hold pies as they stand beneath the banner hanging from the porch at Alexander Financial where the event started and finished. Last Saturday saw the return of an area walk/run event with the new “Strawberry Stampede” sponsored by Reaching Wellness, a group operating as part of the Fulton County Medical Center Foundation.

Reaching Wellness has just established its mission “to build a lifelong foundation for health by providing the tools necessary to reach wellness.”

The overall event winner was Justin Cole, whose time for the course was just under 17 minutes, “The course has some hills, so it was not as easy as I anticipated,” Cole said.

“Instead of emphasizing competition, we are emphasizing wellness,” event Chair Renee Earley said. “We had a win, place and show in each of seven age categories – this meant that walkers as well as runners were able to deliver top times,” Earley added.

Catherine Washabaugh, chair of Reaching Wellness, coordinated volunteers for the event. “We cannot thank the volunteers enough for cheering on the walkers, taking the registrations, and staying on the course, keeping runners on track and monitoring safety,” she said.

Nearly 100 runners and walkers registered for the event. “We think both the weather and the community’s need for this type of event led to the success,” Earley said. Walkers and runners received T-shirts when registered and pies and medals for placement in the event. Funds raised from sponsors, pledges and event registrations will be used toward Reaching Wellness programs.

A kid’s fun run rounded out the event, with some moms and dads letting the littlest participants ride on their shoulders. All the kids were recognized with a run medal and lollipop. Earley declared, “We will definitely be doing this again next year!”

Event top times were as follows:

Male runners

12 years and under: A.J. Smith.

13-19 years: Larry Wilson.

20-29 years: Justin Cole.

30-39 years: Mark Eissens.

40-49 years: Luke Cessna.

50-59 years: Kelly Sanders.

60+: Fred Hendershot.

Female runners

12 and under: Kellyn Perry.

13-19 years: Hanna Ott.

20-29 years: Chelsey Hollenshead.

30-39 years: Eleanor Sipes.

40-49 years: Deanne Baker.

50-59 years: April Mc- Culloh.

60+: Donna Sanders.

A listing of all runner and walker times can be found at the Web site http://bit.ly/SSTimes.

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