With temps in the low 50s, Saturday morning proved perfect for the SPECIAL KIDS 15K, 5K and 1-mile race that began in front of the Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and followed a historic route through the Stones River Battlefield. Over 2,700 runners took part in the third annual event.
“We were thrilled by the turnout,” said Ginger Spencer, Special Kids Director of Marketing. “By the time the runners started this morning, the event had already raised over $156,000. We’re excited to see that number continue to climb to help the kids.”
The pistol fired to start the 15K run at 7:00 o'clock. All races began in front of the major sponsor--the Murfreesboro Medical Clinic at 1272 Garrison Drive. The 5K began at 7:20 Saturday morning, and the first group 1-mile fun run participants started at 7:30 with a second wave flowing an hour later.
First across the finish line in the 15K run was 29-year old Hillary Cheruiyot. His time was 53:35. The other four in the top five were also males: Lyle Haywood (55:42), Peter Volgyesi (56:26), Timothy O'Leary (57:14), and Phil Young (57:18).
The first female runner to cross the 15K line was 11th place Taylor Matchok (1:01:38).
This year's Special Kids Race drew a wide range of runners with the youngest official being 5 years old and there were three women who said they were 99. They paced as a trio and came across the 5K finish line with two tied at 29:43 and one a nose behind at 29:44.
Special Kids is a Christian nonprofit providing rehabilitation and nursing services to children with special needs. The Murfreesboro-based ministry started with one child in 1998 and has grown to serve over 2,600 children from 18 counties in middle Tennessee. For more information about Special Kids, please visit specialkidstn.com or call 615.893.4892. For more information about the Special Kids Race, please visit specialkidsrace.org
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