Runners and walkers took to the street and trail in this year’s seventh annual Honda 5K on Nov. 1. Even before the starting horn for the Honda 5K Twilight Run at 5:30 p.m., hundreds of runners and supporters were having a great time at the Line 2 Associate entrance for this year’s race.
Race Director Mike Schulte, AF2, said, “Even though the weather was cold and windy, it was great to see so many associates, family and community members come out and support the 5K event this year.”
Again this year, participants and guests were treated to great barbecue cooked by the HMA new model associates and Funnel Cakes, from Dave Howell’s secret recipe. Football fans were able to enjoy the Auburn/Ole Miss game on the big screen and HMA’s house band, “No Play, No Penalty.”
This year, students from the Gadsden City High School Cross Country and Lincoln High School Track teams were on hand to help throughout the event, manning water stations, and directing walkers and runners.
Jacob Schwyn, a 19-year-old runner from Oxford took top honors with a time of 18:01 in the 3.1-mile course that included a mix of road racing and cross country. The other top overall finishers were Landon Delozier, 20, of Oxford (18:05) and Ramiro Melendez, 18, (18:14), also of Oxford.
The top winners in the female category were Grace Clements, 14, of Bremen, Ga., who, for the second consecutive year, out-paced all female runners with a winning time of 20:14, which was more than 40 seconds faster than her winning time last year. Finishing in second for females was Oxford’s Allison Schwyn, 22, with a time of 23:19. Rounding out the top three for females was Allison Vess, 13, of Ohatchee, with a time of 23:23.
For more results and photos, visit Honda5K.com