More than 100 runners turned out in support of REACH Council’s first Historic 5K Run Saturday morning. The run began just as the early morning rains stopped, with those helping to cool the course for the runners.
This was the first year for the fundraiser sponsored by the Midlothian group. The race began and ended at the new county courts and administration building on Jackson Street. The course wound through downtown before turning around in the cemetery and heading back to the starting point.
Race director Christi Weaver said the organization plans on the race being an annual event to support the organization. Most of the runners were from the Ellis and Johnson County, with some coming in from elsewhere in the area.
While the event was billed as a fun walk-run, awards were presented in the men and women’s divisions as well as a youth division for runners under the age of 13. By the beginning of the race, 135 runners were signed up, with Temple of Fitness sponsoring a team of 25 participants.
In the men’s division, Noe Nunes was the overall winner with a time of 15.38 minutes. The women’s overall winner was Cora Turner of Alvarado, who turned in a time of 19.58 minutes.
In the youth division for ages up to 14, 13-year-old Tyler Bernard was eighth overall and won the youth men’s group with a time of 18.222 minutes. Mallorie Sander, 12, was the top female youth group runner with a time of 31.12 minutes.
In the over 70 division, Mary Kaplan, 72, of Llano completed the course in 33.17 minutes. She was followed by Rex Carey, 72, of Midlothian.
Bobby and Jennifer Weir of Waxahachie ran the course in 25.12 minutes while pushing their two sons.
“We run all the time pushing the boys in their cart,” they said, noting they ran the event as a warm up for a half-marathon they’re running in Dallas on Sunday.
Two youth organizations offered their support: The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Explorers provided traffic control while the Waxahachie YMCA Tomahawk Team cheerleaders cheered the runners at the start/finish line.
REACH Council is an organization that promotes substance abuse education for youth and adults in the Ellis and Jonson County areas.
“We want to promote a community awareness of the effects of substance abuse and prevention,” Weaver said, saying the group hoped to raise from $8,000 and $10,000 from the event.