By Kyle Lovern
WEST WILLIAMSON – More than 250 runners participated in the 2nd Annual Kickin’ Butt for Crohn’s 5-K held on a rainy Friday evening in Williamson.
“I hope everyone enjoyed themselves. I felt the evening was perfect. I’m so grateful that our community comes together for each other. You can’t say that about many communities,” said one of the organizers of the event, Shawn Cool.
“Thanks to all the participants who joined us to make this a successful Crohn’s fundraiser and thank you to everyone for honoring our friend, Scott Poole,” he added.
Several of Poole’s friends ran the race in honor of Scott, who recently passed away after a tragic accident. Many of his friends finished the last few yards of the 5-K with Scott’s mother Pat as she crossed the finish line.
Cool also thanked the sponsors who made the event possible.
“Thanks to the City of Williamson Fire and Police Departments, along with the ambulance crews - and thanks to Pierce Whitt for letting us use the Williamson Fieldhouse afterward for our awards presentation and pizza party,” Cool said.
All of the runners received T-shirts, participation medals and the winners got trophies.
The Tug Valley Road Runners Club (TVRRC) has been helping sponsor and organize at least one race per month. Many residents of the area have bought into the fitness craze.
The TVRRC meets once a month. Their next meeting is Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Tug Valley Inn. They will discuss the next races – the Bulldog 5-K, Coal Dust Run and Frank O’Brien race.
Here is a list of the winners of Friday night’s race.
Female- 5K- Winner -Winning time- Total racers
Overall Hagel, Susan 24:12.9 165
Female 14 and under Bartley, Grace 29:37.7 25
Female 15-19 Lauren, Chambers 31:01.2 7
Female 20-24 Elkins, Taylor 28:08.2 16
Female 25-29 Francis, Shelley 29:56.6 15
Female 30-34 Bevins, (Lovern) Erin 29:48.5 24
Female 35-39 Smith, Kim 2 28:54.7 15
Female 40-44 Robinson, Elizabeth 27:11.8 18
Female 45-49 Hess, Debra 27:21.2 19
Female 50-54 Elkins, Tondra 27:46.8 9
Female 55-59 Hardesty, Rebecca 39:02.7 6
Female 60-64 Conn, Susan 37:28.4 7
Male -5K- Winner -Winning time -Total racers
Overall - Newsome, Thomas 20:29.9 91
Male 14 and under Long, Cayden 26:46.3 9
Male 15-19 Robinette, Shawn 33:02.0 3
Male 20-24 Leedy, Jonathan 22:54.7 10
Male 25-29 Howard, Doug 24:51.9 10
Male 30-34 Yates, Scott 28:25.1 10
Male 35-39 Rondon, Luis 26:03.9 14
Male 40-44 Black, Michael 24:13.3 5
Male 45-49 Caudill, Tim 23:12.8 7
Male 50-54 Smith, Chris 25:14.4 8
Male 55-59 Poole, George 32:30.7 2
Male 60-64 Finch, Bob 24:07.8 7
Male 65-69 Harold, Davis 56:34.9 2
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)