MIDDLEPORT — A fictional superhero is referred to as a good-natured person with superhuman powers; however, common men and women can exude supreme care and passion towards others making them real-life superheroes.
The River City Runners recently hosted their third out of seven 5Ks in the River City Race Series. The series began in December 2016 with the Jingle All the Way race and will end in November 2017 with the Keep Your Fork race.
The theme of this race was Superheroes.
The runners shed their street clothes for their super gear to flash, fly, walk, jog, and run for a charitable cause. The proceeds go towards the team who runs in the C2C race hosted in August by the American Cancer Society.
Dave Diles Park in Middleport was the Superhero retreat and resting place that evening. Tuckerman’s on Lincoln provided hotdogs with Max’s Coney sauce, soda, and water for the participants. Wolfe Mountain Entertainment brought along a few of their choice superheroes for pictures and encouragement. Nick Michael, a local musician, solidified the ambiance of welcome by playing some tunes.
Even though the overall mood was cheerful, a solemn side was presented in the form of a wall with written memories of those close to the participants who fought cancer or had been taken by it.
Supporting the River City Runners and helping to make the race possible were Los Cuervos motorcycle group who guarded the runners’ path during the run, The Meigs High School Lunch Club, Meigs Family Healthcare, T&T Autos, Fur Peace Ranch, Wolfe Mountain Entertainment, and Farmer’s Bank.
Awards in the form of “supergoodies” were awarded to the best dressed and swiftest superheroes. The best dressed superheroes of the evening were Ross Stewart, Haley Kennedy, Riley Abrahamson, and Gina Tillis.
The race was separated into six different age categories where the top two males and females were recognized and awarded for their times.
13 & Under — Male: Linkin Seevers (29.05) ; Ross Stewart (37.28)
14 to 20 — Female: Haley Kennedy (29.06); Autumn Honaker (56.48); Male: Brandon Mahr (23.43); Tucker Smith (24.13)
21 to 29 — Female: Cheryl O’Bryant (31.59); Carol Hager (37.46); Male: Riley Abrahamson (25.55); Nathan Becker (37.30)
30 to 44 — Female: Jennifer Bartrum (26.02); Tracy Stone (31.05); Male: Stefan Stamper (24.07)
45 to 59 — Female: Monica Turner (29.24), Gina Tillis (34.22); Male: Don Tillis (24.47); Jim Freeman (25.26)
60 & Over — Female: Francie Shrimplin (53.37)
The overall male runner of the night was Brandon Mahr and the overall female runner was Jennifer Bartrum.
All of the participants involved with the River City Race Series are superheroes. The proceeds go towards the team who runs in the C2C race hosted in August by the American Cancer Society. The amount raised last year was $10,000 and the goal for this year is $12,000. For anyone wishing to support these runners they can visit http://www.rivercityrunners1.com and make a contribution or join the run.
The next race will be held on July 29 during the Big Bend Blues Bash.
Erin Perkins is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel