It was the rain. Her spirits though aren’t dampened. She is hopeful the number will rise next year.
Usually, around 200 compete. This year, there were 150.
“We were down a little bit, but I honestly think it’s because of the weather,” said Burns. “Up until almost the last minute, everyone thought it was going to rain. Those who did come though enjoyed it. We’ll work to increase the number next year.”
Two runners came from South Carolina.
The 13.1 mile run down the Ladiga Trail began at the Eubanks Welcome Center in Piedmont and ended at the community center in Jacksonville.
Chris Mahaffey, who ran in the 30-39 age division, was the overall winner. His time was 1:18.19.
Coming in second and third in the men’s division were Jeremy Maloney and Lee Evans. Maloney ran in the 18-29 age division. His time was 1:24:44. Evans ran in the 30-39 age division. His time was 1:25:06.
Coming in first for the women were Starletlynn Meyer, who ran in the 18-29 age division with a time of 1:41:12. Mary Meyer and Allison Richardson came in second and third for the women. Meyer ran in the 17 and younger age division. Her time was 1:45:57. Richardson ran in the 18-29 age division. Her time was 1:46:31.