5K Sees Record Crowd
A record number of runners and walkers enjoyed overcast skies and dry weather for the 5th running of the Paden City Foundation 5K on Saturday, June 6 in Paden City. Over 130 participants made their way along the 3.1 mile route that incorporated some of Paden City’s streets and the paved walking trail in William E. Ford Park and finished at Centennial Park on Main Street. Soren Shade of New Martinsville led the pack and finished with a time of 18:02 to capture the Gentlemen’s championship while Joanna Graham won the Ladies’s championship with a time of 22:40. Paden City’s Kayla Hizer was the ladies’ runnerup while Caitlyn Burroughs of Belpre, OH won 3rd place. On the men’s side, Erik Gaitan of Morgantown was the runner-up and Jacob Pancake of New Martinsville won 3rd place.
In the Walk division, Donna Graham of Lowell, OH not only won the Ladies’ Championship but was also the first overall walker to finish the race. Her runner-up was Lois Ebeling while Shawna Matheny came in 3rd place, both are from New Martinsville. On the men’s side, Roy Thomas of Hannibal, OH captured the win with Ken Hawkins of Paden City taking the runner-up spot and Kevin Yeater of New Martinsville placing 3rd.
Top three finishers in various age groups received gold, silver and bronze medals for their efforts. All non-placing participants received race finisher medals. Race volunteer, Rodney McWilliams commented, “We like to be able to make sure that nobody leaves Paden City empty handed. These medals recognize the effort these runners and walkers make in undertaking the race and accomplishing their own personal fitness goal.” There were also several fitness-oriented door prizes awarded after the race. There were three medal winners in the Walk division in the 80 years old and above category. They all finished the race and received gold medals. Paul Thomas of Sistersville commented after the race, “This race is just great for the community. Look at all these children and young people who turned out to enter and all the families that are here. It is a wonderful event for the area.”
Prior to the race’s beginning the Gary and Ruby McWilliams Volunteerism Award was given to the three of the race’s volunteers for continued service to the race. Scott McWilliams, of Healthy Alliance (race sponsor and volunteer) along with Matt and Kathi Ferrebee (race volunteers and former Wildcat Booster officers) were given plaques recognizing their work with the annual 5k race along with their support of many of the Paden City’s Foundations programs. John and Keorber and Rod Fagert represented the American Legion Post 86 and conducted the flag-raising and National Anthem before the gun was fired and the race began.
McWilliams added his thanks to all the participants, the great sponsors and the wonderful volunteers who make the race successful each year. “This year, we had some volunteers from other communities jump in and help with traffic control, working the finish line and whatever else was needed. I can’t thank all the volunteers enough.: The race is scheduled for the first Saturday of June each year, beginning at 9:00 AM with the start and finish line at Centennial Park (corner of 3rd Ave. and Main Street). The proceeds of this year’s race benefits the Paden City Museum and the Wounded Warrior Project. Below are a list of the winners in each age bracket.