By NIKKI DOTSON MERRITT
WAYNE - Though Saturday morning was greeted with a soft blanket of snow in Wayne County, that didn’t stop runners from all over the Tri-State from participating in the fifth annual Race Through the Fallen Timbers 15K, 5K and guided hike.
The event, hosted each year at Elmcrest Farm, located just outside the Town of Wayne, is known for its cold temperatures, warm local food selection and family atmosphere.
The 15K had 59 participants, 34 male and 25 female. First place winners were Chad Ackison, 45, with a time of 1:20:51.6 and Karen Cuda, 38, with a time of 1:38:42.3.
The 5K had 27 participants, 17 female and 10 male. First place winners were Mike Bowen, 50, with a time of 25:58.3 and Holly Finney, 32, with a time of 42:58.0.
Racer Scott Partlow said the race did not disappoint.
“I would like to voice my appreciation to Park, Lacy and family for yet another fun filled festivity on their farm! Race Through Fallen (Frozen) Timbers did not disappoint,” he said.
“The frigid conditions were no match for the sunny dispositions of the RD, hosts and volunteers - and Old Man Winter was as welcome as the runners and hikers on Elmcrest Farm Saturday. The post race fixens’ were fantastic and I really enjoyed chatting with everyone over a hot bowl of soup while warming by the fire. The hospitality one experiences at this event makes me very proud of my Wayne County heritage, thank you to everyone who made RTFT possible.”
Every year, runners trek along creek beds, cruise over ridge tops, blaze down single track hillsides and hurdle over fallen timbers. Whether it’s the first or 50th trail event, this course through the backwoods and foothills of Wayne County is known to enthuse even the most seasoned trail runner.
Though there was a $10 price increase this year at registration, it was to accommodate a decision to have the collectors’ mug awarded to participants hand made in Wayne.