Ageless Firecracker 5K for Staunton Athletics a success

Despite the muggy and warm temperatures through the week, over 60 people joined the fun on Friday evening, July 14, to enjoy beautiful weather at the inaugural Ageless Firecracker 5K and one-mile fun run to help Staunton CUSD #6 Athletics.

A combined effort among Ageless, event sponsors and 62 participants led to the event’s success that raised $1,895 for the school district’s athletic program. Sponsors included Brian Luketich-Masinelli Real Estate, Caldieraro Dental, Russell Furniture, Staunton Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Williamson Funeral Home, Brian Luketich Quality Firearms, Cross Church, Community Hospital of Staunton, Madison Communications, Staunton Chiropractic Clinic, Sullivan’s – Staunton, Thomas A. Cioni D.M.D., Max B. Mullins Mayfield’s Landscaping and donations from Donnewald Distributing, Mike Wallace and Señor Matt Larsen.

Participants started off from Ageless-Staunton promptly at 8 p.m. Runners and walkers alike enjoyed the smooth, easy course as temperatures dropped in the 70’s and the sun was disappearing as participants crossed the finish line.

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Alpha Dog, the community running club of Staunton Junior High, members jumped out to an early lead and cruised around the course before taking home two awards. Lydia Roller finished first in the 5K event in a final time of 21.18 while another representative of Alpha Dog, Brent Kinder, finished as the top overall male runner with a time of 21.25.

Doctor Caldieraro Dental’s team “Caps and Crowns” won the event plaque for largest participating team with 15 members. Alpha Dog rallied a strong competition with 14 members and Medium Core finished third best with five members.

Efforts are already underway to plan next year’s Firecracker event at Ageless-Staunton that will be held in July 2018.