Running Through History 5K
The Running Through History 5K Run/Walk hosted by the Andersonville National Historic Site is an annual event to benefit the Macon County Recreation Department and the National Historic Site
The inaugural event was in 2014 and was termed a tremendous success. The goals were to raise money to support youth recreation and provide exposure to Macon County and the National Historic Site. The event raised more than $16,000 in sponsorships and registrations and they net proceeds were donated to the Recreation Department and the Friends of Andersonville.
Registration is open and all participants registered by March 31 will receive a Keepsake and a Pac Bag filled with goodies.Awards are presented to the top three male and female finishers in each of seven age groups.
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The first-ever Running Through History 5K began at 8 a.m. and the first runner crossed the finish line in just under 20 minutes. Although, rain threatened all morning and the air was exceptionally damp, more than 200 runners and walkers crossed the finish line for the 5K and Fun mile walk.
Winners were recognized in seven age categories from younger than 16 to older than 60e. The overall male winner was Clint Watkins of Madison, Ga., with a time of 19:40 and overall female winner was Bristol Shelton of Perry, Ga., with a time of 22:06.
Sponsors providing cash donations were Bamboo Road Farm, Barrington Dairy, Weyerhaeuser, Georgia Power, Country Financial, Yancey Brothers, Flint Energies, KTS Fitness and Mutual Financial Group.
Verizon Wireless donated the grand prize, two sets of Dr. Dre Beats Headphones, and other items for the welcome bags. Post-race refreshments, including bottled water, bananas and apples were donated by Harvey’s in Montezuma, Piggly Wiggly in Oglethorpe, Felton’s Red and White in Marshallville and Weyerhaeuser. Waste Industries provided trash receptacles.
Donations for door prizes and other items were made by Habitat for Humanity, Therapy on the Go, Modern Woodmen of America, Literacy Council of Macon County, Farmer’s Furniture in Americus and Montezuma, Badcock Home Furniture and State Farm in Americus.
Sound was provided by Ronnie Ward and photography was done by Chris Jervis with Portraits by Jeray. Subway, Frito Lay and Papa’s Pizza provided refreshments for the volunteers and event sponsors.
T-shirts were printed by Global Graphic, signs by Hilderbrand’s Printing and medallions were made by Rutherford Trophies. Benny Wade with RANREB provided time management.
County Departments provided in-kind services including assistance with parking, cones and barrels, water coolers, tables and chairs and tents. Macon County EMTs were on site to assist with any medical needs and the recreation department provided a bus for assisting with parking. Local Hamm Operators provided communication for the race.
Contributing to the success of this event and setting the bar for future events were Joe Weaver and the EMS staff; James Conner, EMA; Jimmy Watson, Public Works Department; Stevie Young, Recreation Department; Sheriff Charles Cannon and Chief Deputy Leonard Johnson with the Sheriff’s Office; Marvin Yoder, Fire Services; and John Turner and other Hamm operators.
Volunteers who helped with event preparation, set up and event day operations were Melody Edmonson, Roselyn Starling, Vickia Johnson, Sandy Melvin, Bobby Fults, Debbie Windham, Kelley Swain, Kandi Johnson, Juanita Laidler, Natosha Forbes, Helen Ogburn, Felicia Parrot, Kayla Nixon and Dee Warren.
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