Crater Crawl entries exceed expectationsPublished 8:32am Thursday, April 25, 2013
Jon Burns finished the Wetumpka Crater Crawl in the middle of the pack Friday night. But his journey to the finish line went far beyond the scenic jog through Wetumpka.
Burns had heart surgery in January, with five bypass procedures. Last June, he underwent surgery for prostate cancer.
Completing a 5K was “on my bucket list,” Burns said as he ran by on the riverwalk Friday night.
After the race, Burns said he’d been training for the event the last four months, running one mile and walking another two almost every day.
He praised the race’s organizers and said he especially enjoyed the race’s blend of historic scenery and friendly spectators.
“It was awesome,” Burns said. “Running through the neighborhoods, through the park, across the bridge. Everyone was so polite, was encouraging us, cheering us on.”
Vanessa Lynch, executive director of the Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce, said 178 people ran the 5K race, not counting the dozens of youth and adults who donned glow-in-the-dark regalia for the 1-mile fun run/walk around the riverwalk and Gold Star Park.
Lynch said organizers were “a little overwhelmed” at times, especially when around 100 runners arrived without prior registration.
“But overall, for the first year, we felt like it went really well,” she said.
Young runner Sawyer Jones came in first in the 5K race.
Lynch said the full results of Friday night’s race are not yet available. The Herald will publish them as soon as they are.
The nighttime fun run, Lynch said, was especially enjoyable, and she said chamber members are considering glowing T-shirts for next year’s running.