“I am just blown away by the support in the community for this race and the way that so many families are making this a tradition,” she said. “We had 100 kids sign up for the kids’ fun run, and that’s one of my favorite parts, is seeing 1-3-year-olds jogging around the Wilson Middle School Parking lot, then the 4-6-year-olds, and the 7-10-year-olds. They are so excited to be a part of it.”
More than 100 volunteers helped, and several new sponsors joined other ones. This year’s runners came from West Chester and other parts of Butler County, and even some from Cincinnati’s West Side, because Queen City Running, which partnered with the event has a location in Cincinnati, she said.
“One of the neat things that’s resulted from the growth of this race is we’ve been able to hire, for the first time ever in the nine years of ministry for teen moms, a part-time staff person,” Powers said. “And that’s huge, because our ministry, and our impact in the community, has been growing over the past five years.”
“And we’ve had an increasing need to have someone who’s not also doing an additional full-time job,” she said.
Mark Gruenbacher, 26, of Hamilton finished first with a time of 17:55. The first-place female finisher was Gabrielle Davis, of Hamilton, finishing in 19:26.
Here were the age-group winners:
• 14 & under: Aiden Schumacher (20:45) & Kayla Compton (24:13);
• 15-19: Jameson Maynes (18:28) & Haley Braker (23:38);
• 20-29: Peter Stubbings (19:42) & Audrey Wallace (21:11) (Wallace was also the top finisher at the first-ever 5K race);
• 30-39: Cam Potts (18:46) & Kara Yates (22:31);
• 40-49: Troy Embree (19:26) & Krisitin Scherman (22:02);
• 50-59: Ron Hoffman (19:52) & Ann Gruenbacher (25:20);
• 60-69: Brian Elwell (22:20) & Franki Brinkmann (25:32); and
• 70+: Jim McGruder (33:53) & Cammy Lowe (47:03).
The ministry’s all-volunteer leades include K.K. Kwiat, who has led it for 9 years and served on the race committee since the first year, as well as Faye Meyer, Leslie Logan, Eric Hynes, Sheila Chambers and Kamie Dixon.