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.
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:
1st – Will Cramer (17:30)
2nd – Griffin Jones (18:05)
3rd – Eric Speer (19:30)
1st – Tara Mooney (19:24)
2nd – Grace Lynch (20:20)
3rd – Mallory Simms (21:59)
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)
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
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
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.
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.
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!