The second annual 30A 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run hosted a record number of runners with more than 1,800 participants racing this Thanksgiving Day holiday. With many record-breaking times, the cold weather and light wind were credited for ideal running conditions in the race, which was sponsored by The Walton Sun.
Roughly 1,200 runners competed on the fast and flat, out-and-back certified 10K course. Line Lauritsen shattered the women's course record with a time of 38:45:38. Overall winner Tim Richard broke last year’s record with a blazing fast time of 34:07.82.
All 30A 10K race proceeds benefit the non-profit organizations Donations 4 Danny, Food for Thought and Lighthouse Family Retreat. Last year’s 2012 race raised nearly $18,000 for charity and, while the race will officially announce the total amount raised in early December, all rough numbers show the goal of doubling last year’s donation amount will be achieved.
“When Craig Baranowski, Amy Stoyles and I dreamed up this race two years ago, we truly didn’t expect it to become so popular and also raise so much money for our community non-profits,” said Karen Meadows, the 30A 10K Race director. “We are so thankful to all the athletes that train and participate in this charity event and choose to start the ‘most gluttonous day’ of the year with the 30A 10K.”
The 1 Mile Fun Run proved to be extremely popular with 600 runners, most of whom were children. Of course, the real star of the 1 Mile Fun Run was “Lucky” the 30A 10K turkey mascot who had children and adults belly laughing with his antics before, during and after the race.
“Lucky took more than 1,000 photos with the fans and had a humorous spin on traditional Thanksgiving as a ‘pardoned turkey’,” said Michelle Uhlfelder with 98 Republic, the local branding and marketing firm that donated the promotional and branding efforts for the 30A 10K.
Before, during and after the 30A 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run 70 volunteers braved the cold weather to ensure a successful race for the 1,800 runners.
“From set-up at 4 a.m. to trash pick-up after the race, locals and even a few out-of-town visitors volunteered with smiles bringing cheer to all involved, which to me is the true meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Jenky Fields, the event’s volunteer coordinator, who offered special thanks to the many Walton County Sheriff’s Office deputies who kept racers safe.
The next 30A 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. Stay tuned at Facebook.com/30A10K for registration details.