(Click the icon above for times/results) November 8th was a chilly morning, but that didn’t slow the runners at the Second Annual Licking County Coalition for Housing Home-Run 5K race. Thirty-six runners plus a few strollers completed the gently rolling course, which began near the Rotary Park Pavilion on Sharon Valley Road in Newark and continued through the Newark Campus and across Route 16. The runners were a diverse bunch, ranging in age from 4 to 67 and representing 6 Ohio counties plus Indiana. The first finisher and winner of the men’s division was 17 year old Tanner Harding from Caldwell, Ohio, with a very impressive time of 16:57. Finishing first for the women was Erin Fulton, of Newark with a time of 24:19. Other first place finishers were: Boys 14 & under, Brian Scott; Girls 14 & under Jordan Wilson; Men 15-19, Benton Parmiter; Men 20-29, Chris Newton; Women 20-29,Vicki Johnson; Men 30-39, Joe Winstead; Women 30-39, Amy Keller; Men 40-49, Chris Wilson; Women 40-49, Leigh Anne Dickson; Men 50-59, Rodney Tyson; Women 50-59, Rhonda Hunt; Men 60+, Chuck Shepard; Women 60+, Marsha Shafer.
Just before the race began, an LCCH Transitional Housing (TH) client shared her personal story of love and perseverance. Her decision to take custody of her 2 year old granddaughter resulted in the loss of her job and ultimately her home. With absolutely no history of assistance or knowledge of social services, she entered our TH program after a brief stay at the Salvation Army. Currently employed, saving money and looking after her granddaughter, she is grateful for the assistance provided to her.
At the conclusion of the race, all of the runners, volunteers and spectators shared a hot dog lunch, medals were awarded and door prizes were drawn. It was a fun event for runners, walkers and spectators, and one that we hope will continue to grow every year. It is our goal to make the public aware of the issue of homelessness in Licking County, and to illustrate how many different families it affects. All proceeds from the race benefit LCCH programs.
We would like to thank to our sponsors, especially The Oaks at Bethesda and at Northpointe for sponsoring our lunch, Montana Media for providing entertainment and Kohl’s for sponsoring our T-shirts. Thanks also to the Kohls “Associates in Action” who volunteered for the event and to all those who provided prizes.