By Jonathan Deal
Cross-country racing is one of the sports that mark fall in North Alabama. Limestone County is in midst of its cross-country race season with many races still to come.
Most recently, was the Elkmont Lions Club Rails to Trails 10K Saturday in Elkmont. As the only 10K in Limestone County, the Rails to Trails race is well supported by the community.
This is a challenging race. The overall winner of the race was Brandon York with a time of 33:09. Other winners include: female winner Mary Helen Sanders (48:02), master’s winner George DeWitt (35:58), female master’s winner Wu Yuling (48:47).
Other races completed recently include the Duck and Run 5K in downtown Athens. Hosted by Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful, more than 100 runners turned out Saturday, Sept. 21 on a rainy morning.
Josh Whitehead was the overall winner with a time of 15:24, while Caitlin Morris had the best women’s time at 19:53. Master’s winners were Max Norman (20:42) and Jennifer Baker (22:10).
The next run in this busy race season is the Fit as a Fiddle 5K at the Athens Sportsplex Saturday, Oct. 5. Beginning at 8 a.m., runners will start at the Sportsplex and meander through the complex, ending back at the start area.
Preregistration packets can be picked up at the Athens Police Department on Oct. 4-5 from 5–7 p.m. Each packet will include race number, T-shirt, and goodies. Late registration packets will be available at 6 a.m. at the race site.
The run is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and is hosted by the city of Athens Relay for Life Team and sponsored, in part, by Steelcase. It is being held in conjunction with the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention.
Other upcoming races in the county include the Behind the Badge 5K and the Oct. 8 Limestone County Cross Country meet, held at Blue Springs High School, which will see the crowning of the top high school runner in Limestone County.
More information on upcoming races can be found at www.al.milesplit.com