The Rotary Club of Highlands 5-10k Race was held last Saturday at Kelsey Hutchinson Founders Park, with over 237 racers signed up, over $15,000 was raised, with total proceeds going to the Advanced Highlands Education Committee (AHEC) to support the design and implementation for a new media center at Highlands School.
Pictured below is the start of the Highlands Twilight 5K-10K Races at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park at 2X the speed.
Race Organizer and Rotarian Derek Taylor said the race’s mission has always been to help the youth of Highlands.
“AHEC has shown its ability to have insight into the school’s current needs,” said Taylor.
He added that the turnout was great, considering COVID postponements and a gas shortage. Of the 237 signups, 149 people ran.
Finishing First in the 5k was James Moore, a 14-year-old cross country runner from Highlands School; the 10k winner was Will Mathiodis, athletic trainer from Highlands School; overall female winner in the 5k race was Blakely Moore, and in the 10k race, overall female winner was Tracy Dockery.
This is the first year Mathiodis competed in the 10k.
“I’ve run the 5k 3 times and decided to bump up to the 10k this year,” he said. “I was lucky enough to get the win in the 10k.”
Mathiowdis added that there’s a reason he keeps coming back each year.
“The Highlands Twilight 5-10k is a great community event that raises money for organizations in Highlands,” he said. “I want to give a shout out to Derek Taylor for organizing this event every year and giving back to the Highlands community.”
5k overall female winner Blakely Moore is Highlands School Cross Country and Track Coach and had some fierce competition from some of her team.
“Leading up to this race, my athletes and I were very competitive with one another,” said Blakely. “We all talked trash leading up to the race about who would win. I was able to beat a few but unfortunately not all of them. So great job to James [Moore] and Timmy [McDowell] for kicking so hard at the end and maintaining their lead. And to the rest of the cross country and track team for pushing themselves and doing as well as they did.”
Blakely added that she used to run the Twilight 5k in high school and was excited to be able to compete in it again after finishing her college running career.
“It’s such a fun event, with the music and party afterwards,” she said. “I love catching up with other runners here in Highlands and this year, watching my cross country and track team compete.”
Rotary Club of Highlands’ next race is scheduled at 6 p.m. on Aug. 14 and will have live music and free beer at the finish line. Editor’s Note: Need I say more?
Read about 2019’s Twilight 5K HERE.