HomeStretch 5K draws 1,000 runners

Supports homeless families



ROSWELL, Ga. – More than 1,000 runners set out March 29 to run the river, as part of the annual Choate Construction Run the River 2014 5K/10K. This 13th annual race benefited HomeStretch, which helps Georgia’s homeless families get back on their feet.

The fast-paced USATF-certified course began at St. Andrew Church on Riverside Road in Roswell and wound its way along the Chattahoochee River to the finish line. Top male and female winners overall in the 10K category included 13-year-old Benjamin LeBlanc with a finish time of 35:25.4 and Lauren Giles, 33, who finished at 40:23.5. The top male and female winners overall for the 5K race were Jonathan Gomez, age 19, at 17:06.3 and Katie McClay, age 26, who finished the race at 19:31.9. Master winners for the 10K included Brad Slavens at 36:17 and Christina Evans at 42:46. Master winners for the 5K were John Roberts with a time of 18:03 and Mary Richards at 22:59. Trophies were awarded to the top finishers, and winners in age categories were recognized as well. For a full list of race results, visit

Following the race, participants enjoyed music provided by Disc Jockeys Unlimited, as well as prizes, food and an annual visit from Mee Mee the Clown.

Repeat 5K participant Suzanne Sterling finished with a time of 51:28.2.

“It was the second time doing this one, and I am planning on making 2015 my third time,” Sterling said. “Best of all, the rain stayed away.”

Run the River would not be possible without a strong volunteer force, said race director Steve Buck.

“The outpouring of generous support from our faithful group of volunteers, many of whom return year after year, made this event the best we’ve ever had,” Buck said. “I’m grateful for their dedication and willingness to go the extra mile.”

Established in 1991, Roswell-based HomeStretch endeavors to assist homeless families in reaching stability in housing, employment, finances and general family well-being. A comprehensive program of supportive services, including one-on-one case management with experienced social workers, life skills education, volunteer mentoring and affordable and safe quality housing, provides the foundation for families to look at what root causes led to homelessness, address some of those causes, reduce debt and move to sustainable permanent housing.

“There are so many families in need in our community, particularly families with dependent children who live just below the poverty line and struggle daily to make ends meet,” said HomeStretch Executive Director Rose Burton. “Thanks to our many generous supporters and donors, we were able to help 138 North Fulton family members regain stability in 2013. We intend to help even more families in 2014.”

The Choate Construction Run the River 5K/10K is the largest annual fundraiser for to benefit HomeStretch.

For more on HomeStretch and its mission, visit them online at

Event sponsors included title sponsor Choate Construction Company and presenting sponsor Murphy Family Hope Foundation, as well as Roswell United Methodist Church, the RUMC Foundation and Christians Under Construction, Roswell Presbyterian Church, Saint Andrew Catholic Church, BB&T, Hewlett Packard, Sterling Healthcare, Catalysta Partners, the Hilbert Law Firm, Resurgens Orthopaedics, the Visual Lab, Gorman Chiropractic, Hansgrohe, Gillman Insurance, Big Peach Running Company, Joseph and Friends, Fish Family Chiropractic, the Rental Place, FJ Flower Web Design, PowerBar and Propel Fitness Water.

MH 04-30-14

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