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More than 1,200 runners and walkers — many with pets and strollers in tow — turned out to the Lee + White Development in Historic West End on Saturday, July 14 for the 8th annual Atlanta BeltLine Westside 5k/8k, presented by Delta Air Lines. Conditions were ideal for a morning run, hosted for the very first time on the Westside Trail which opened to the public last fall. New for this year: an 8K distance option and an after-party at Monday Night Garage.
The race is part of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership‘s (ABP) Run.Walk.Go! Race Series which seeks to get people of all fitness levels out and active while exploring new sections of the Atlanta BeltLine. ABP will also host the Eastside 10K on the Eastside Trail on Saturday, December 1.
The day started on an uplifting note with opening comments by historian and author Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, curator of “Atlanta and the Civil Right Movement: 1944-1968,” a recently installed Art on the Atlanta BeltLine photography exhibition which participants passed as they ran along the Westside Trail.
Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado
Next up: Atlanta BeltLine Fitness Ambassador Madison James led the group in a spirited warm-up just before the group moved out onto White St. to line up for the start of the race.
Atlanta BeltLine Fitness Ambassador Madison James leads participants in the pre-race warm-up.
Before the race started, Atlanta City Councilmember (District 4) Cleta Winslow and Atlanta Public Schools Board Chair Jason Estevez welcomed everyone to the event on behalf of the city, and everyone was treated to an amazing rendition of the National Anthem by Tiffany Uzoije from The Atlanta Opera. Uzoije’s performance is part of the “Belting on the BeltLine” collaboration between ABP and the Opera, which brings free performances to different locations along Atlanta BeltLine parks and trails.
APS Board Chair Jason Estevez and Atlanta City Councilmember Cleta Winslow (2nd and 3rd from left) welcomed participants and attendees on behalf of the city. Also, pictured are ABP Executive Director Rob Brawner (3rd from right), and Tiffany Uzoije and Jessica Kiger from The Atlanta Opera (2nd from right and right, respectively).
The Atlanta Opera’s Tiffany Uzoije performs the National Anthem. “Cycles” by David Landis – part of the continuing Art on the Atlanta BeltLine collection – can be seen in the background.
Participants line up to start the Westside 5k/8k.
Following the race, participants were treated to an after-party at Monday Night Garage as awards were handed out to overall and age group winners.
Following are the top three male/female finishers in both the 5k and 8k races and their times:
5k – Male
Gabe McNett – 17:54
Noah Kilgore – 18:15
Avery Wright – 18:40
Daniela Espino – 19:48
Tracy Lee Keith – 21:06
Tammy DElena – 22:37
8k – Male
Matthew Taylor – 32:32
Jeff Richards – 33:06
Aaron Eide – 35:09
8k – Female
Alison Lerer – 33:33
Angela Alexander – 34:11
Sandy Lam – 36:43
For the third year in a row, West End Mavericks won the largest team award.
West End Mavericks
The top individual fundraiser award went to Adrienne White, a member of ABP’s AB67 young leadership group. Adrienne’s fundraising team Team ADubb’s Crew also won this year’s top fundraising team award.
Team A-Dubb’s Crew – unfortunately missing Adrienne White!
Complete race results can be found here. Our album of race day photos can be found here. A Facebook album with hundreds of race photos taken under the Lawton St. bridge can be found here. Another Facebook album with more than 1,000 finish line photos can be found here. Lastly, here’s a link to a short video with highlights from the race and afterparty.
The Westside 5k/8k would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Thanks to Presenting Sponsor Delta Air Lines; Silver Sponsors Big Peach Running Co. and Monday Night Garage; Bronze Sponsors Astra, Atlanta United FC and Chicago Bar Company; In Kind Sponsors Revelator Coffee, The Icebox, Stream Realty Partners, Trader Joe’s, Good Measure Meals, and Jimmy John’s; and Media Partner the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Partnership also deeply appreciates the support of our race management provider, Five Star NTP.
ABP will wrap up the 2018 Run.Walk.Go! Race Series with the Eastside 10K on December 1. Register here and use the discount code FINISHER by August 31 to save $7 on race registration.