Defending Sartomer Arkema 5K race winner Caleb Wright won the race again Saturday, Sept. 14 with an overall time of 16 minutes and 32 seconds.
“It means a lot to me to win a race twice in a row in my hometown that backs me and my running so much,” Wright said.
At the starting line on Center Street, Wright chose an outside line. When the horn sounded he paced himself through the turn onto Military Drive.
There was a small amount of separation between Wright and the rest of the field as he made the turn to Hargave Military Academy.
As the runners crossed Main Street to Hurt Street, the space between Wright and the other runners began to grow as he increased his speed.
By the time Wright reached the first water station at Chatham Hall Circle, the other runners were out of sight.
“I focused on just staying strong enough to get up Holt Street hill and having a strong finish to go sub 16:40,” Wright said.
For the remainder of the race, Wright ran alone and well ahead of second place overall winner Gabriel Medlin and third place overall Walter Thompson.
Medlin finished two minutes behind Wright with an overall time of 18 minutes and 41 seconds.
Thompson was just 16 seconds behind Medlin with an overall time of 18 minutes and 57 seconds.
Amanda Weishaar was the first female to cross the finish line in the 5k with an overall time of 23 minutes and 27 seconds.
Finishing 82nd overall was Hargrave Military Academy’s formation run team.
“You have your color runs, and your paint runs, but what Hargrave did today is pretty special. They stayed together and ran the race in formation finishing 82nd overall with a time of 38 minutes and 27 seconds,” event organizer Bill Wiebking said.
For the first time in the history of the 5k, a category for those 70 and older, male and female, was added to the run.
John Wilt and Angelta Staab both participated in the 70 plus categories. Wilt finished with an overall time of
In the one mile fun run, Patrick Fowlkes won the race with an overall time of six minutes and 23 seconds. The first female to finish was Aislya McGinnis with an overall time of eight minutes and 23 seconds.