Dozens of runners turned up for the inaugural Shamrock Shuffle 5K in Wadesboro for Saint Patrick’s Day on March 17.
The 5K, sponsored by the Anson County Chamber of Commerce, drew more than 40 participants, according to Shelby Emrich, director of the Chamber.
Josh Bricker was the first runner to complete the race. He ran in the males 21 and older category and had a time of 22:51.
Katie Sewell was the first woman to finish. She was also in the 21 and older category and had a time of 26:04.
Stetson Sessions was the winner in the male 13-20 category and had a time of 28:52. Madison Emrich was the first female in that age group to finish the race with a time of 30:20.
Kole Dutton was the first male 12 or younger to finish the race and had a time of 31:24. There was no runner in the category for girls 12 and under.
Bricker and Sewell received engraved beer glasses engraved with the Chamber’s new logo, the year and name of the event, and their competition categories while the others, all under 21, received medals.
A food truck, live band and beer for sale were available for the crowd of runners and spectators.
Emrich said that 51 runners were registered, but 46 ran. The five who didn’t were unable to arrive at the race on time, but most still showed up, she said.
She was pleased with the event.
“I think for our first one, it went really, really well,” Emrich said. “We’re looking at making this an annual event. As far as the Chamber and our purpose, we are here for our members, we’re also here to support our members and draw business to them, but part of the mission statement is to promote and do that for the citizens. Having community events is very important. We hear all the time that there’s nothing to do, and we want to make that change and show that there are things to do here in Anson County.”
The race route was originally incorrectly advertised as beginning on South Greene Street to Ashe Street, Morven Road, circling back on Morven to loop down Brent Street, down East Martin and ending on Morgan. The route was corrected at the beginning of the race to begin on South Greene Street down to East Martin. Runners went up to Morven Road and looped through the Old Towne Estates, back down Morven and ended up at the town square on South Greene Street again.
Emrich said that the Chamber’s next community event will be its golf tournament on April 21 at Twin Valley Country Club, with tee times in the morning and afternoon. For more information on the tournament, contact the Chamber at 704-694-4181.
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