Saturday morning dawned cool and cloudy, but 105 participants showed up at 7:30 A.M. ready to race in the Bethany Baptist Church Owl Town 10K Race. Participants were male and female, all ages and even a bomb-sniffing dog and his handler, Deputy Shawn Boone, joined the racers, but at a slower pace.
Winners for the Women’s Division were: 1st Place, Amy Jones; 2nd. Place, Kristen Morris and 3rd Place, Tara Garner. In the Men’s Division: Stephen Mutisya took 1st Place; Merrill Hunt came in 2nd Place and Matthew Jewell Placed 3rd. In the Children’s Division (under age 14) Abigail Boone took 1st Place; McKenzie Vanlandingham was in 2nd Place and Will Allison was in 3rd Place.
A booth with apples and water was on hand for the thirsty tired runners. People with water were also to be found along the race route with water and encouragement. Belfield Physical Therapy not only had some of its staff running in the race, but some staff members were there under a canopy with a massage table ready to render assistance should it be needed. In another area, Mykyelle Crawford had a display of Real Time Pain Relief lotions to sooth sore muscles.
Most of the runners came back after the race sweating and somewhat exhausted but happily excited from having completed this race for a good cause
Katelyn Kuykendall, organizer of the race, said this is the fifth year Bethany Baptist Church has held the races. All the money raised will go to Bethany Baptist’s Mission Trip to the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. This will also be the fifth mission trip to Standing Rock. This year the trip dates are July 26 – August 2, she said.