Petersburg Parks and Rec holds 5K and Cruise In

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Participants in Petersburg's 5K Color Run pose in front of the Town Hall, throwing colors in the air. The figure at the base of the flagpole is a ballerina scarecrow.

By Ivory Riner

Staff Writer

Saturday, Oct. 4, Petersburg Parks and Rec planned a whole afternoon of activities for locals and visitors. They hosted a Color Me Petersburg 5K run/walk, followed by a Cruise In with music by Pickers and Grinners and Maxwell Tyler. A bake sale was held to benefit Taryn Burns, a 21-year-old who was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma. Barbeque sandwiches and nachos were sold while people enjoyed the evening playing checkers and twister. A bouncy house was set up for the children, free of charge.

The 5K started at 2 p.m. and went through the main streets around the square. White T-shirts were given to the participants. As they ran the 3.1 miles, they were splattered with color by people standing on the sidelines. Medallions were given to first, second, and third place winners in each age group. Winners in the 12 and under group were: first, Jenny Jett, second, Will Rudd, and third, Ethan Riddle. Winners in the 13-19 age group were: first, Josh Taylor, second Ivory Riner, and third Bailey Pariott. Winners from 20-29 were: first Sarah Carter, second, Karen Elmore, and third, Travis Jett. The 30-39 age group were: first, Jessica Stubblefield, second, Tina Brown, and third, Audrey Jett. 40-49 were: Anita Couey, first, Diane Rudy, second, and Cynthia Burton and Christine Eldridge tied for third place. 50-59 were: first, Shelia Harding and second, Gil Harding. In the 60+ range, Gayle Forry was awarded first place. The overall best female runner was Shelia Harding finishing the race in 27 minutes and 25 seconds, and the overall best male was Josh Taylor finishing in 29 minutes and 24 seconds.

"We are so proud of all who participated. The weather was chilly and very windy. I know it was a challenge to run, but everyone seemed to have so much fun. The cool weather had an impact on our activities for the afternoon and early evening, resulting in a smaller crowd, but all who were there enjoyed the entertainment," said Angie Taylor, Petersburg Town Recorder.

Overall, Saturday's events raised $1,170 for Petersburg Parks and Rec.

On Oct. 31, Petersburg will host a Spooktacular on the square with trunk or treat, chunkin' punkin's, a cupcake walk, lillipop pumpkin, and more. Hot dogs and hot chocolate will be available.

On Oct. 25, there will be a benefit at the Howell Community Center, near Petersburg, for Taryn Burns.