“It’s a great weekend in the City of Craig with Whittle the Wood going on and we’re excited to be a part of it and try to make this an annual event.”
—Chris Jones, a Craig resident and Friends of Moffat County Education board member, about organizing the Wake the Whittle 5K in its first year
Watching carvers and listening to music weren’t the only activities offered over the weekend at Loudy-Simpson Park.
The Friends of Moffat County Education, a community group designed to assist local educational efforts, organized and hosted the inaugural Wake the Whittler 5K run, walk and one-mile fun run.
The race took place Saturday morning and had about 100 participants, said Chris Jones, an FMCE Board member and one of the adults involved with organizing the 5K.
“We hit the number we were looking for people-wise,” Jones said. “It’s a great weekend in the City of Craig with Whittle the Wood going on, and we’re excited to try and make this an annual event.”
The race covered most of Loudy-Simpson, starting on the nature trails, traversing the soccer fields and finishing near where the festivities for Whittle the Wood would be taking place later in the day.
To go along with Whittle the Wood, the first-place male, female and children finishers each received a unique prize.
Bongo Love, a Whittle carving contestant, created wood carvings with “1st place” engraved on them.
Todd Trapp, Moffat County High School cross country and track and field coach, was the first overall finisher, while Elizabeth Tucker was the first woman to cross the line.
Leah Jackson, 11, was the top girl.
Proceeds from the 5K went to FMCE, a nonprofit organization.
Luke Tucker, also an FMCE board member, led the race on a bicycle, and said the course was in good shape, thanks to some cooperative weather in the days leading up to the race.
“Other than a couple muddy spots on the soccer fields from getting watered, but the trails were great, it was a smooth course today,” he said. “The race went great. We had a good crowd show up and nice weather. You can’t hope for much more.”
FMCE organized the run to promote exercise and wellness in children.
“We wanted to get kids out here and promote good health,” Jones said. “Healthier kids are better learners.”
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