Over 600 runners and walkers rocked the Atlanta BeltLine’s Northside Trail this past Saturday, April 28, 2012 for our second annual Northside 5k race! The course started in Tanyard Creek Park and wound through the beautiful Collier Hills, Collier Hills North, and Ardmore Park neighborhoods. Runners and walkers started arriving at 7 a.m. for warm-ups, announcements, the National Anthem sung by Atlanta BeltLine volunteer Ron Smith, and an 8 a.m. start. Cool, clear weather, a flat start, and plenty of volunteer support all added up to a great race.
The Atlanta Fire Department and Atlanta Police Department were out in full force, too, with APD running together in formation and calling cadence. The Fire Department lined up in front at the start and gave the APD a run for their money. Thank you to all of our first responders for a competitive race and for all you do for us every day!
Overall Winners of the 5k race
- Wil Cramer: 16:18
- Kip Thompson: 17:42
- Jeff Moore: 18:14
- Katie Brace: 21:50
- Carlan Brown: 22:34
- Jenny Pittam: 22:58
Overall Winners of the Police vs. Fire Challenge
- Francisco Monreal (Fire): 19:56
- Jeremy Wadkins (Fire): 20:47
- Joseph Guikema (Police): 21:05
An impromptu push-up challenge after the race resulted in a tie between the two organizations.
Winner of the Media Challenge
We had a strong showing by members of the media for the Northside 5k’s Media Challenge! This year’s winner, representing CBS Atlanta, is Katie Brace. This is Katie’s second time winning the Media Challenge and this year, she also came in first overall female. Congratulations Katie!
Overall Winners of the Field Day Challenge
Immediately following the 5k, we hosted a free, family-friendly Field Day Challenge sponsored by the Atlanta Community Tool Bank and JFitness Body Solutions. Adults and kids participated in a Frisbee-throwing contest, sack races, tire roll, dizzy shoe sprint, and wheelbarrow sprint with tool pickup.
And the winner was… Team St. Val from the Atlanta Police Department! Prizes went to the top six finishing teams and included a range of gardening and workout goodies.
The proceeds from the Atlanta BeltLine Northside 5k and the Atlanta BeltLine Running Series benefit the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is a non-profit organization committed to raising funds from private and philanthropic sources to support the Atlanta BeltLine; working with neighborhoods, community organizations, faith organizations, businesses and other groups to raise general awareness and broad-based support for the Atlanta BeltLine; and serving as a catalyst to mobilize resources to address the social concerns raised by new development around the Atlanta BeltLine. To learn more about how to support the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, please visit http://Member.BeltLine.org.
Special Thanks To Our Sponsors For Their Generosity
Running Series Title Sponsor: Internal Data Resources
Gold: Kaiser Permanente
Bronze: Keller Williams Realty, Heart of Atlanta Group, Inc., Astra, Integral, Acadia, Kroger, Resurgens Orthopaedics
In-Kind: Good Measure Meals, Clash Graphics, EVOS, Coca-Cola, ScoutMob, MIX 1, WILD 105.7, United Event Services, Fresh Market, West Stride, Nike
Pre-Race Exercise: Midtown Family Wellness
Post-Race Family Field Day: Atlanta Community Tool Bank, JFitnessBodySolutions
Atlanta BeltLine Run Club
Stay up-to-date with our Atlanta BeltLine Running Series facebook page! Join us at Park Tavern for our next Atlanta BeltLine Run Club and you’ll enjoy great company, an awesome 3-4 mile run, free beer and live music! Park Tavern is hosting alongside its Unfiltered Live event as part of its 2012 Summer Concert Series. Let us know if you can make it!
Check out photo highlights from the Northside 5k on our flickr feed and see even more photos in our facebook album.