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West End Park Hosts Atlanta BeltLine Westside 5K Road Race and Play Day

The 6th annual Atlanta BeltLine Westside 5K Road Race, presented by Delta Air Lines, was held Saturday July 16 at West End Park. More than 500 runners and walkers wound their way through the streets of two of Atlanta’s most historic communities: West End and Westview. Part of the course ran along the Atlanta BeltLine’s West End Trail, the first segment of the Atlanta BeltLine to open to the public.

It was a great morning for a race with mild temperatures and a light breeze, and residents in these two great Atlanta neighborhoods came out in full force to embrace the event. B98.5 on-air personality and Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Fitness Ambassador Madison James was our MC for the day. District 4 City Councilperson Cleta Winslow, West End Neighborhood Association President Stephanie Malinauskas and Westview Neighborhood Association President Octavia Vogel were among those on-hand to help with the celebration.

Runners start the Atlanta BeltLine Westside 5K

Runners start the Atlanta BeltLine Westside 5K

Following are the results from this year’s race, the first race of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s 2016 Run.Walk.Go! Race Series.

The top three male/female finishers and their times:

Male
1st – Will Cramer (17:30)
2nd – Griffin Jones (18:05)
3rd – Eric Speer (19:30)

Female
1st – Tara Mooney (19:24)
2nd – Grace Lynch (20:20)
3rd – Mallory Simms (21:59)

Westside 5K Road Race Overall Winners. Pictured - Back Row, l-r: Will Cramer (M - 1st); Mallory Simms (F - 3rd); ABP Executive Director Chuck Meadows; Delta Air Lines Project Manager, Community Affairs LaSandra Boykin; Griffin Jones (M - 2nd); Rob Brawner, ABP Deputy Executive Director; Salisha Evans, ABP Director of Sponsorships; Atlanta City Councilmember, District 4 Cleta Winslow; Eric Speer (M - 3rd). Front Row (l-r): Gracy Lynch (F - 2nd); Tara Mooney (F - 1st).

Westside 5K Road Race Overall Winners. Pictured – Back Row, l-r: Will Cramer (M – 1st); Mallory Simms (F – 3rd); ABP Executive Director Chuck Meadows; Delta Air Lines Project Manager, Community Affairs LaSandra Boykin; Griffin Jones (M – 2nd); Rob Brawner, ABP Deputy Executive Director; Salisha Evans, ABP Director of Sponsorships; Atlanta City Councilmember, District 4 Cleta Winslow; Eric Speer (M – 3rd). Front Row (l-r): Gracy Lynch (F – 2nd); Tara Mooney (F – 1st).

Complete race results are available here.

Additional winners from Saturday’s race:

Largest Team – West End Mavericks (won a race towel from Icebox)

Fastest Team – West Stride (won a free Kangoo Power Class from Kangoo Club Atlanta)

Top Fundraising Team – Team Sperling (won a goodie bag of prizes from Alternative Apparel)

Top Individual Fundraiser – Ben Sperling (won a bike from Mountain High Outfitters)

Westside 5K Top Fundraising Team - Pictured (l-r) Rob Brawner, ABP Deputy Executive Director; Salisha Evans, ABP Director of Sponsorships; top individual fundraiser Ben Sperling; members of the winning Team Sperling, including (in no particular order) Ariel Levin, Daniel Sperling, Emily Hoberman, John Ward, Ian Cohen, Hannah Lech, Makenna Kallman, Leah Nelson, Taylor Huneycutt.

Westside 5K Top Fundraising Team – Pictured (l-r) Rob Brawner, ABP Deputy Executive Director; Salisha Evans, ABP Director of Sponsorships; top individual fundraiser Ben Sperling; members of the winning Team Sperling, including (in no particular order) Ariel Levin, Daniel Sperling, Emily Hoberman, John Ward, Ian Cohen, Hannah Lech, Makenna Kallman, Leah Nelson, Taylor Huneycutt.

The runners of the Atlanta Police Department won this year’s APD vs. AFRD challenge.

Here’s a link to an album of photos from the race taken by Atlanta Trails, the official photography partner of the Atlanta BeltLine Westside 5K. Runners can review the album and download any photos you like – for free!

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership would like to thank the following partners for their sponsorship of the 2016 Run.Walk.Go! Race Series:

Presenting: Delta Air Lines

Gold: REI

Silver: Astra, Kaiser Permanente, Jeff Galloway Race Weekend, Kroger, West Stride

Bronze: Cigna, Perennial Properties, Icebox, VeinInnovations

Media: Atlanta Journal Constitution / Living Intown

Photography: Atlanta Trails

In-Kind: Alternative Apparel, The Coca Cola Company, FitWit, KIND snacks, Octane Coffee, REVELATOR COFFEE, Young at Heart Wellness

Atlanta Police Department recruits prepare to run in the Atlanta BeltLine Westsdie 5K

Atlanta Police Department recruits prepare to run in the Atlanta BeltLine Westside 5K

Following the race and lasting until 2 PM was the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership’s second Play Day of 2016. Play Days feature trained coaches and instructors providing professional instruction to kids across a variety of sports and fitness activities. Packed with fun for the whole family, Play Days are free and presented in partnership with Atlanta ContactPoint, a nonprofit established to engage children and adults through the power of play. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership thanks Toyota and NEEF for their sponsorship of Saturday’s Play Day.

Local West End musicians provided entertainment at Play Day

Local West End musicians provided entertainment at Play Day

Saturday’s Play Day was highlighted by two half-hour readings by Akbar Imhotep from The Wren’s Nest, located just a few blocks from West End Park. As he does most Saturdays at The Wren’s Nest, Imhotep entertained children and adults alike with African-American folktales told in the style of Uncle Remus.

Akbar Imhotep from The Wren's Nest told African-American folktales at Play Day

Akbar Imhotep from The Wren’s Nest told African-American folktales at Play Day

The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership thanks everyone who participated in this year’s Atlanta BeltLine Westside 5K and all who came out to cheer on our runners. We hope to see you in December at the Eastside 10K, the final race of 2016 for the Atlanta BeltLine Run.Walk.Go Race Series. You won’t want to miss this great Peachtree Road Race qualifier. If you haven’t signed up already, you can do so here right now for the early bird price of $40!

Thanks again to everyone who came out and made our Atlanta BeltLine Westside 5K and Play Day such a huge success!

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