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Run for the Hills raises thousands for local charities

Cris Ritchie — Editor

October 9, 2013

HAZARD—The third annual Run for the Hills 5K race was held Saturday at Triangle Park as part of the annual Run for the Hills Charity Challenge, and this year’s race attracted a record number of registrations.


Robin Gabbard, with the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky which hosts the charity challenge, said 311 people signed up for the race on Saturday, eclipsing the 300 mark for the first time. In total, the foundation raised over $9,800 this past weekend, bringing the overall total raised during the challenge, which began in August, to more than $106,000. The foundation will continue to accept donations for the challenge through Oct. 31.


The beneficiaries of these funds are 15 local nonprofit organizations in Perry County, and 100 percent of the funds raised will remain in the county. Each of the organizations will be able to keep all of the money raised through the three-month challenge, while the foundation will match up to $10,000 for a permanent endowment for each nonprofit.


Gerry Roll, director of the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, told the Herald last month these funds will not only be used locally for causes in the community, but the challenge provides a method of fundraising that will create funds for these organizations to utilize later on.


“We’re working together to raise money for our local nonprofits because they need the money now, but they also want to save so that we have them in the future,” she said.


Saturday’s Run for the Hills included a 5K race and walk. Brandon Gayheart was the overall winner with a time of 18:48, while Michael Montgomery came in second with a time of 19:33.


Emily Grinstead took first place for the women’s division with a time of 24:04. Sonya Asher finished next at 24:28.


5K Overall


Male – Brandon Gayheart


Female – Emily Grindstead


5K Master (40+)


Male - Randall Watts


Female – Alexa Newsome


5K Grand Master (50+)


Male – Jeffrey Nolan


Female – Kim Dixon


AGE DIVISION WINNERS


2013 RESULTS (All Age Groups)


14 & Under


1st Weston Sizemore, 2nd Braxton Minke, 3rd Sawyer Patrick


1st Allison Couch, 2nd Eric Gamblin, 3rd Cassidy Adams


15 – 19


1st Jacob Royster


1st Lindsety Ambrose, 2nd Hope Moore, 3rd Kristen Feltner


20 – 24


1st Jimmy Noble, 2nd Timothy Combs, 3rd Jordan Bailey


1st Kathryn Beach, 2nd Allison Coopr, 3rd Brittani Walker


25 – 29


1st Michael Asher, 2nd Derek Allen, 3rd Michael Flynn


1st Sonya Asher, 2nd Summer Asher, 3rd Lindsey McDermott


30 – 34


1st Michael Montgomery, 2nd Kaleb Anderson, 3rd Kevin Bellamy


1st Julie Hatton, 2nd Seleslie Harris, 3rd Jamie Montgomery


35 – 39


1st Mark Combs, 2nd Timothy Vires, 3rd James Hughes


1st Shannon Smith, 2nd Kristie Collett, 3rd Freda Walters


40 -44


1st Darien Ratliff, 2nd Jonathan Jett, 3rd Tim Bates


1st Beth Pnnington, 2nd Beth Pigman, 3rd Vicki Day


45 – 49


1st Michael Smith, 2nd Allan Morton, 3rd Steve Patrick


1st Patti Fisher, 2nd Shelley Gambrel, 3rd Janet Sandlin


50 – 54


1st Dana Duncan, 2nd Tom Cravens, 3rd Jeff Boyd


1st Cindy Stepp, 2nd Sharon White, 3rd Teresa Watts


55 – 59


1st Alan Newkirk, 2nd Danny Maggard, 3rd, Edward Blevin


1st Lillie Baker, 2nd Betsey Clemons, 3rd Susan Boyd


60 – 64


1st Bob Turner, 2nd Mack Baker, 3rd Edward Blevin


1st Margaret Collett, 2nd Joann Newkirk, 3rd Diana Walker


65 – 69


1st John Doll, 2nd Thomas Skaggs, 3rd Winfred Smith


1st Brenda Hughes, 2nd Kathy Doll, 3rd Millie Dee


70+


1st David Reese


1st Wanda Campbell