Venecia Butler and her sister Randa Carroll along with a tremendous group of volunteers helped with the 5K run/walk/wheel Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until the race concluded around noon. The volunteers were responsible for baking several of the breakfast casseroles and food items that were enjoyed by all the volunteers and participants. There were over 140 participants who signed up either to run, walk, or wheel in wheel chairs for this awesome project/program. The participants ranged in age from four years old to almost 90 years old.
The participants started out with breakfast at the Solid Rock Café so we thank Mrs. Jennifer Gillette and her employees for providing a truly wonderful breakfast full of eggs, biscuits & gravy, breakfast potatoes, orange slices, apples & bananas along with juices and milk to start everybody’s day out right. Jennifer has always supported this cause and we can never thank her and her family enough.
The participants who did not pre-registered and began getting ready for the 5K run/walk/wheel that would take them from the front of the Farmers & Merchants Bank to the Piedmont City Fire Truck at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church where the participates moved onto the Chief Ladiga Trail to start their journey back to the middle of town where they got off the trial at Connie Cantrell’s Changes & Dry Cleaning to finally run/walk/wheel under the archway full of pink balloons where they time was announced by the time keeper. Each participant completed the run/walk/wheel and had a truly wonderful time in Piedmont on Saturday.
Upon completion of the event, Vececia Butler called off the top five winners in each category and some of the participates received gift cards, certificates, and medals like the oldest participants and the youngest participant who was Piedmont Police Officer Sheldon Estes and his wife Allison Estes’ nine month old son who was wheeled in a stroller during the entire race route. Justin Owen finished the overall race/walk/wheel with the best time.