TIFTON — A chilly Halloween morning had the best warm-up at Northeast Middle School Saturday. The 31st annual Run for Love drew 50 runners across all age groups and ended with winners earning coffee cups.
“This is awesome,” said Tift County High cross country coach Mike Beeman at the awards ceremony following the event. Run for Love serves as a fundraiser for the program.
Run for Love normally takes place in August, but was pushed back to Oct. 31 this year. Beeman joked the weather was equally miserable. In August, runners would have been sweating and fighting off gnats. Saturday, with temperatures in the 50s, runners were miserable.
A few runners braved the conditions in costume. Batman greeted 5K runners at the finish line.
Fresh off Friday’s football game, J.D. Bengston ran the one-mile fun run in just over 5:30.
Overall winners of the 5K were Sidney Steele Flores (21:58) and Jared Hammond (18:57). Masters division winners were Ridge Harper (19:42) and Penny Peters (26:31).
Results of the 5K were further broken down into age group and gender winners.
9 and under
— Kellan Lukas (25:19)
— Ava Wilson (23:20) and Alex McDaniel (25:11).
— Reagan Pate (34:03) and Blair Golden (18:55).
— Elise Cawley (26-23).
— Heather Peck (26:02) and Casey Cheshire (36:12).
— Wendy Pate (30:56) and Gene Roberts (23:09).
— Cindy Marzen (28:34) and Andy Marzen (22:15).
— Gina Purvis (28:29) and Wayne Kountis (25:49).
— Ernest Lang (33:40).
Cross country runners sell sponsorships for Run for Love. Owen Davies earned the most money in sales while Grayson Ann Day and Bryce Stephens tied for most sponsorships sold.