Angel Medical Center (AMC) hosted its third annual “Macon Your Heart Beat” 5K (3.2 mile) walk/run event Saturday at the Greenway located in Franklin. This year's event also hosted an 8K (5 mile) run.
People of all ages and from all walks of life participated in the event. Participants came from Franklin and the surrounding areas to compete for a good cause. The proceeds that were collected will be attributed to a scholarship fund for Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation patients who would not otherwise be able to afford to participate in the program.
“I am so thankful to so many individuals and businesses that helped make this event a success. The money raised from this event will ultimately benefit many heart and lung patients in the upcoming months,” said Tom Forkner, director of Cardiac and ‘Macon Your Heart Beat’ race sees large turnout Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services at AMC. “It’s a great thing to be able to offer our services at Angel Medical Center without having to limit or refuse the treatment due to a patient’s inadequate insurance or finances. It was exciting to have some of the patients who received the benefits of this scholarship fund walking in our event this weekend demonstrating that they are recovering well and that they will be able to return to normal and healthier lifestyle."
Each walker or runner was challenged to ask friends and family to make a donation toward the event. Walker/runners who turned in $100 or more had their entry fee waived. T-shirts were also offered to the first 150 registrants and prizes were awarded in the 5K and 8K to the first three male and female overall winners and the first three finishers in each ten year age group. All one mile finishers received a commemorative medal.
Winners of the 5K by category:
Female Open: Ruthie Gibson, 1st; Vickie Heller, 2nd; Michele Landry, 3rd
Male Open: Jeff Howard, 1st; Terry Ryals, 2nd; Michael Morgan, 3rd
Female 19 and under: Corey Burrell, 1st, Anna Bross, 2nd; Jordan Burrell, 3rd
Male 19 and under: Gavin Piper, 1st.
Female 20 to 29: Stephanie Crabtree, 1st; Amy Breedlove, 2nd.
Male 20 to 29: Evan McCurry, 1st.
Female 30 to 39: Stephanie Morgan, 1st; Stephanie Allen, 2nd; Gayle Gawlik, 3rd.
Male 30 to 39: Joe Allen, 1st; Jami Gibson, 2nd; Dave Linn, 3rd.
Female 40 to 49: Teresa Young, 1st; Debbie Robb, 2nd; Angela Piper, 3rd.
Male 40 to 49: Gary Piper, 1st; Adam Burrell 2nd.
Female 50 to 59: Cathy Boland, 1st; Jane Beck, 2nd; Kim Watkins, 3rd.
Male 50 to 59: Jim Bross, 1st; Todd Watkins, 2nd; Kevin Dooly, 3rd.
Female 60 and over: Karen Duncan, 1st; Chris Clendenney, 2nd; Cheryl Kiker, 3rd.
Male 60 and over: John Gibson, 1st; Wayne Kiker, 2nd; Hank Burmester, 3rd.
Winners of the 8K by category:
Female Open: Donna Presley, 1st; Kay Hilty, 2nd; Bethany Ryals, 3rd.
Male Open: Gregory Brown, 1st; Gavin Morgan, 2nd; Matt Baughman, 3rd.
Female 19 and under: Hayley Childress, 1st.
Female 20 to 29: Emily Pacey, 1st.
Male 20 to 29: Aaron Duncan, 1st.
Female 30 to 39: Janna Wise, 1st; Cara Smith, 2nd; Jennie Winchester, 3rd.
Male 30 to 39: Jim Ledford, 1st; John Pippio, 2nd; Michael Henson, 3rd.
Female 40 to 49: Sonya Shook, 1st; Darel Christamsen, 2nd; Leeann Bridges, 3rd.
Male 40 to 49: Ken Miller, 1st; Guy Gooder, 2nd; Jason Watts, 3rd.
Female 50 to 59: Sherry Roane, 1st; Joyce Godfrey, 2nd; Lisa Kim Fisher, 3rd.
Male 50 to 59: Jim Byrd, 1st; Luke Smith, 2nd.
Female 60 and over: Nancy Scott, 1st.