MATTHEWS – Over 100 runners and walkers took part in a 5K race and a 10-mile fun run/walk June 21 at Plantation Estates.
The inaugural event was called the “The Longest Day,” and it benefited Alzheimer’s Disease awareness.
Runners from their 20s to their late 80s participated in the races. Some runners warmed up for the event by dancing to the tunes of a disc jockey brought in for the event. The 5K race featured 83 runners, 48 of which were females. Brenneman Thompson, of Charlotte, won the 5K in a time of 24:05.
“Thanks for doing this in Matthews,” Mayor Paul Bailey told runners and volunteers at the event. “This is a great event for Alzheimer’s awareness. This is a great event for a great cause. Hopefully, this will grow bigger and bigger every year.”