Melvin Crockett Soles for Souls 5K/10K Held

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Jeremy Ducker, John Whetsell and Stacy Eary took the top three places in the men's overall in the 10K run last Friday.(courtesy photo)

Runners and walkers in the first Melvin Crockett Soles for Souls 5K/10K left the starting line at Rector First Baptist Church at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 16, weaving through the Rector city streets in quest of personal best times, medals, prizes, bragging rights and fun. At the two-mile marker and drink station, the courses diverged and the 10K runners paced themselves toward Woodland Heights cemetery. The 5K participants continued along another path, some pushing strollers, chatting with walking buddies and waving to well-wishers.

All funds raised in the event will be applied to mission projects for the summer outreach. Teams will be participating in Greene/Clay County Mission programs to Washington state and Guatemala.

Cheri Kirklin, WMU president and director of the race, said, “We will debrief the event with our workers and participants to see what improvements are needed. We’ve received emails from runners already asking if they could go ahead and register now for next year. That’s exciting.”

Alma Webb earned the distinction for recording the best overall time among the walkers in last week's fundraising event in Rector.

Kirklin, and daughter Tiffany Henson, chaired the event with Rector First Baptist’s women’s and men’s groups providing support. With money from online registrations still to come in, Kirklin reported, “We raised more than $2,500 for our summer outreach programs. We’d like to thank all the sponsors, the participants in the Soles for Souls event. It was our first and we look forward to the next.”

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