MOLLIE S. WATERS/THE GREENVILLE STANDARD
The My Hero 5K was held this past Saturday. The race was an event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
According to race coordinator Abbie Gardener Ballew, the race was a way to celebrate people who are actively battling cancer and a way to remember those who have lost their battles with it.
“I’m so glad to see all of you this morning!” Ballew told the crowd before the race started. She praised those who participated for coming out on a chilly morning to be a part of the event.
Before the race started, West Marcus, an avid runner who is remembered by many as being a kindergarten teacher in Butler County for several years, encouraged the runners and walkers, too. Known as the Gray Hare runner, Marcus was on hand to help with the shotgun start, to measure the course and to assist in recording race results and times.
The race moved to the Fort Dale area this year due to the Camellia City Fest being held downtown on the same day.
Finishing the race with the fastest time was runner Dave Crenshaw. In second place was Caleb Gardener, and Jim Parrish came in third.
Alicia Sexton finished in fourth place, and she was the overall female fastest runner.
With more than 50 runners registered for the event, much needed funds were raised. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society and will help find a cure for cancer.