MILTON, Ga. — The rain didn’t deter the 120 participants in the fourth annual Milton Mayor’s Run on Saturday, Feb. 23. In fact, the event’s participant numbers were about even with last year’s event despite the rainy weather, and included about 40 walk-up registrations that morning.
“[The weather] seemed to not put a dent in the event at all,” said Angela Thompson, special events coordinator for the City of Milton. “We still had as many racers as last year.”
The race began at 7:30 a.m., and started and finished at Kohl’s on the corner of Highway 9 and Deerfield Parkway. It included a 5K, 1K and tot trot.
Events like this are an important part of creating community for this town that’s only six years old.
“The Milton Mayor’s Run was started to get the community involved,” Thompson said.
The Rotary Club of Windward sent several members to pass out water at the halfway point of the 5K race and at the finish line.
“We’re all about community service,” said the club’s service chair Keith Heffron. “This is another way to get involved in the community.”
Proceeds from the race benefit the capital projects fund with the City of Milton Parks and Recreation Department, and specific projects are decided upon by the department’s advisory board.
For the first time this year the race was a Peachtree Road Race qualifier after a three-month wait to be considered.
“It’s a very big deal to be a Peachtree qualifier because the race just grows,” said Thompson.
The top three male and female finishers of each age group received awards. The first finisher overall was Milton resident Mitchell Foley, 22, who ran in high school, is a wrestler and now attends Georgia Tech. He runs about 10 races each year. He finished the 5K in 18:39 and may use his time to qualify for the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta on July 4.
Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood was pleased with the turnout.
“What it really is is just part of what makes us a community,” he said. “What I’m excited about every year as it grows is just seeing the intangible. This is where you can tell that people are starting to get a sense of community.”