Run, Walk, Wheel

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By Greg Woods



The Friends for Michael 5k run/walk was held Saturday. The run/walk, which began in front of Henry County High School, went out to the Henry County Fairgrounds and back to the high school where it finished on the track.

The race proceeds go to help those with spinal chord injuries.

This year 53 runners and walkers participated in the race and awards were given to the top 3 runners overall and in each age category.

The race capped off a busy couple of weeks for the group. After holding their annual golf scramble, the group learned that the final phase of the Michael Brent all-accessible playground would be installed and completed. The work on the playground wrapped up Thursday at the Henry County Recreation and Services Park. Memorial bricks will be installed at the shelter next to the playground in the spring.

Proceeds from the various activities sponsored by the group will also go to help area residents with spinal chord injuries and for spinal chord injury research.

The winners of this year’s race were Aaron Schaffnerwho ran the race in 17:05.13 and Courtney Baxterwho came in at 24:21.41.  Schaffner finished just ahead of Eric Phillipswho had a time of 17:05.97. Paul Erwaywon the wheelchair race with a time of 21:42.90.

Winners by Category

Men’s overall

Aaron Schaffner1st; Eric Phillips2nd; Jamie Roberts 3rd

Women’s Overall

Courtney Baxter1st; Kim Harris2nd; Shari Price3rd

Girls 11 and under

Alison Woods1st

Boys 11 and under

Keegan Kurtz1st

Girls 12-15

Sophie Hughes1st; Tierra Allison2nd; Aly Stanley3rd

Boys 12-15

Ethan Redmon1st; Jackson Jeffries2nd; Zachary Hignite 3rd

Women 16-19

Taylor Stanley1st

Men 16-19

Eric Phillips1st; David Palmer2nd; Derek Jeffries3rd 

Women 20-29

Kim Harris1st; Jennifer Sellers2nd; Lindsey Davie3rd

Men 20-29

Craig Vaughn1st; Joshua Batts2nd; Macon Smith3rd

Women 30-39

Jessica Derossett 1st; Heidi Elston2nd; Alissa Burnett3rd

Men 30-39

Aaron Schaffner1st; Jamie Roberts2nd; Zach Woods3rd

Women 40-49

Courtney Baxter1st; Pam Wininger2nd; Lora Quire 3rd

Men 40-49

Barry Baxter1st; Mark Hughes2nd; Jason Hall 3rd

Women 50-59

Shari Price 1st; Tammy Eifert2nd; Cindy Norton3rd

Men 50-59

Harper Smith1st; Greg Woods2nd; Steve Moore3rd

Men 60+

Charles Patterson1st