Craig Whittle the Wood’s Saturday festivities began with a healthy community run through Loudy-Simpson Park.
Friends of Moffat County Education hosted the Wake the Whittler 5-kilometer run and walk as well as the 1-mile family fun run Saturday morning. In its second year, the race saw a slight increase in runners with about 120 participants compared with nearly 100 last year, said Chris Jones, of Friends of Moffat County Education.
The 5K featured repeat winners in the men’s and women’s division. Todd Trapp was the first overall finisher for the second year, coming in at 17:35. He was trailed throughout the race by Brad Reedhead, who finished in 17:51.
Elizabeth Tucker was the top female in the race, finishing in 23:25. She also is a two-time winner at Wake the Whittler.
Several young runners also posted good times. Steven Walls, of Moffat County High School, ran 20:22 in the 5K and was the first to cross the finish line a half-hour later in the 1-mile race. Wyatt Mortenson, 10, set a personal best with a time of 21:26.
“I ran good. My mom said I kept the same pace the whole time,” Mortenson said after the race. “That was my fastest time.”
Emma Jones was the first girl to finish, coming in at 24:19 a couple of seconds in front of Hallie Hamilton.
Among the biggest draws for the Wake the Whittler race were the trophies. Age group winners in the 5K and fun run got wood carvings made by artists in the Whittle the Wood competition, a unique prize to go along with the weekend’s festivities.
The Memorial Hospital and Bank of Colorado teamed up with Friends of Moffat County Education this year. TMH provided water and fruit for runners after the race and the bank helped provide T-shirts for each participant. Jones was appreciative of their contributions to the effort.
Proceeds from the race will go toward Friends of Moffat County Education initiatives for the 2013-14 school year. The initiatives are aimed at enriching the educational experience for children in Moffat County. The organization hosted two other 5Ks at Loudy-Simpson in 2012 and plans to do at least another one this year, likely to be in the fall, Jones said.
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org