Staff photo by Emmy Errante
Runners take off in the 2013 Wrightsville United Methodist Church Son Run 5k to benefit the Methodist Home for Children and Child Advocacy and Parenting Place on Saturday, April 13.
As runners with numbers pinned on their shirts stretched and warmed-up or chatted in small semi-circles Saturday morning at the Son Run 5k, a cool breeze lingered as though winter was making a sputtering attempt to reassert itself.
To get underway first, the kids’ fun run was brief and non-competitive, but got the kids’ blood flowing and smiles showing, especially when they were joined in the race by the Fuzzy Peach mascot, Mr. Fuzzy.
A diverse and huddled mass convened behind the starting line, its members offering one another nervous smiles or confident glances. At 8:30 the race director yelled into the microphone, “Ready, go!”
Midway through the race — a quarter way through for some and three quarters of the way through for others — spring was evident in the air as feet hit pavement along the John Nesbitt Loop.
As event organizer Rachel Snider announced the top finishers, some runners returned to their semicircles, others ate buttered bagels and orange slices. Among the tangible prizes were T-shirts and a hat from Surf City Surf Shop. The intangible prize was shared by everyone, in fellowship and runners’ highs.
“We had 110 runners and 60 of them signed up online. We got $2,000 from runners and $5,000 from sponsors, so that was a great help to our two charities (Methodist Home for Children and Child Advocacy and Parenting Place),” Snider said. “I’m looking forward to next year and maybe making this my senior project.”
Snider went on to say next year she hoped to have more advertising for the Son Run to have an even greater charitable impact.
Twenty-six-year-old Roco Quaranto placed first among males overall with a time of 18:05. Twenty-eight-year-old Melissa Quaranto placed first among females overall with a time of 19:43.
First overall in the male masters division, over 40, was Steve Kozischek with a time of 19:17. First overall in the female masters division was Brenda Estlack with a time of 21:39.
Top finishers by age group:
Female 1-9, Sky M. Simmons
Male 1-9, Willie Mack
Female 10-13, Deanna Hesse
Male 10-13, Wilkerson Garrett
Female 14-17, Julia King
Male 14-17, Brandon Q. Nix
Female 18-24, Jessica Adams
Male 18-24, Marshall Walker Cotton
Female 25-29, Natasha Pfeiffer
Male 25-29; Yorlliry Moreno
Female 30-34, Johanna Buchholz
Male 30-34, Hugh Crews
Female 35-42, Amanda Jacobs
Male 35-42, Adam Rose
Female 43-49, Lisa Hayward
Male 43-49, Donnie Norris
Female 50-59, Dani Phillips
Male 50-59, Steve Sims
Female 60-99, Nancy Faye Craig
Male 60-99, Jon Moon