Hundreds gathered at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park on Saturday for the annual Rotary Club of Highlands Twilight 5K Race.
Over 200 racers competed in the event, which is slightly less than last year, but it still managed to raise $25,000 to be given to The Literacy & Learning Center.
Race Founder and Director Derek Taylor said Rotary Club of Highlands chooses the nonprofit recipients with the goal of supporting Highlands School and local youth activities.
TLLC Executive Director Bonnie Potts said the funds raised will be used for free educational programs that include an after-school program, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, the GED, and ESL program.
“We are extremely grateful to Highlands Rotary for choosing us as the recipient of the Twilight 5k,” said Potts. “The Literacy Council was founded as a Rotary project, and we’re thrilled that we continue to grow through their support.”
Top overall male and female race finishers include William Whitaker from Colorado Springs, Col. with a time of 18:26, and Taylor Sherrill of Statesville N.C. who finished in 23:08.
Taylor said the event is held each year for community togetherness, tourism, and to raise money for youth activities.
See full race results HERE.
Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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