the Floyd Press
by Wanda Combs - Editor
The first 5K Run/Walk drew 127 registrants, and the walk and dinner raised approximately $3,200 in profits. A "community pasta meal" held on Friday in conjunction with the Run/Walk had 90 diners and also contributed to the proceeds, which will be sent to Dukes brain tumor center.
On Saturday morning, the sun was shining down on the runners and walkers. Dawn Weeks, organizer, said 119 participants actually finished the race. She explained one walker had to return to work, and she guessed others who registered did not show up on race day or just registered to give a donation.
Weeks added that the turnout was exceptional and "it seemed like people had a good time. A lot won medals that didnt think they would win."
The Run/Walk, sponsored by the Town of Floyd, took participants on a 3.1 mile loop that started and ended at the high school.
The goal was to finish within an hour, and everyone did.
The event also was supported by numerous volunteers, in addition to the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Floyd County Sheriffs Office, and the Rescue Squad.
Before Glenn Altizer, who had planned the relay route, blew the whistle at the start of the race, Janie Walters sang the national anthem.
Lynn Baluh, one of the runners, remarked that the race course was "nice and challenging with all the hills" and very good.
Dove Erich, the female champ, told the Press she came with a determination to win. She was also the first registrant for the 5K event. She lives in Hilliard, Ohio.
At the medals ceremony after the race, Laura Cantrell, on behalf of all the planners also including Leon and Annette Hubbard and Rainey and Ann Houston, thanked everyone involved with the event. She added that Duke had also relayed their appreciation.
Overall male winners were Austin Grubb (first), Andrew Pauley (second), and Jeff Casassa (third). Overall female winners were Dove Erich (first), Lynn Baluh (second), and Rebecca Adcock (third).
Other female winners were:
14 years and under: first Laurel Brooke, second Mary Houston, third Grace Cox.
15-19 years: first Nicole Snead, second Brandy Phillips, third Tempry Goff
20-24 years: first Allie Mannon, second Ann Houston, third Katie Shryer
25-29 years: first Michelle Deel, second Laura Cantrell, third Jessi Warren
30-34 years: first Annette Hubbard, second Leigh Carter, third Ginger Taylor
35-39 years: first Gretchen Hitchner, second Hannah Mann, third Jeaneen Ingram
40-44 years: first Rima Forrest Sulzen, second Vanessa Clark, third Jennifer Brooke
5-49 years: first Judy Bell, second Janet Harris, third Regina Cox
50-54 years: first Jewel Phillips, second Brenda Allen, third Katherine Sowers
55-59 years: first Jane Cundiff, second Wanda Blackwell, third Anne Harman
60 and over: first Margaret Harris, second Cathy Driscoll, third Mary Hitchner
Other male winners were:
14 years and under: first Riley St. Pierre, second Bryce Altizer, third Will Lane
15-19 years: first Cole Conley, second Gabriel Whitlock, third John William Houston
25-29 years: first Jonathan Adcock, second Tim Lane, third Travis Cantrell
30-34 years: first Jared Gardner, second Rob Campbell, third Chris Hewitt
35-39 years: first Randy McDaniel, second David Pluska, third Teddy Moore
40-44 years: first Tom Cosgrave, second Terry Osborne, third Leon Hubbard
45-49 years: first Bill Freeman, second John Paul Houston, third Adolph Turner
50-54 years: first Paul Weeks
55-59 years: first Ron Rogers, second Ken Cundiff, third David Sulzen
60 and over: first Steve Huppert, second Wayne Driscoll, third John Harris