5K Run/Walk was a Wet Success

DAYTON, October 1, 2012 – Over 86 runners, walkers and volunteers came out on a wet Saturday morning, September 29, 2012 to support the 5KRun for Hunger that supported the need for a new food pantry to open soon.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent, Alexis Cordova, hosted the event and is proud to say, “The event brought in over $3,000 to help Dayton Community Food Pantry open their doors to help hungry people in the Dayton area. AgriLife Extension provides quality educational resources and supports collaborative efforts to meet the needs of communities around Liberty County.”

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All the participants showed their dedication and determination to successfully finish the 5K race, which is approximately 3.2 miles. From young teens to those older than 60 years of age were soaked as they crossed the finish line Saturday morning.

Wilson Lopez, age 19 of Dayton, Texas, finished first overall with a time of 22:24. In the age category 19 years and under, Wilson Lopez placed 1st, Elizabeth Rodriguez placed 2nd, and Bear Tarbers placed 3rd.

In the category 20-29 years, Chris McCarty placed 1st, Amanda Richmon placed 2nd, and Pablo Ramirez placed 3rd.

In the category 30-39 years, Kristen Gilley placed 1st, Jill Dumont placed 2nd, and Justin Ellington placed 3rd.

In the category 40-49 years, Esther Reyes placed 1st, Wes Williamson placed 2nd, and Bekie Macklin placed 3rd.

In the 50-59 category, Greg Turner placed 1st, Manny Reyes placed 2nd, and Victor Delgado placed 3rd.

In the 60 plus years category, Eddy Edwards placed 1st, Raymond Leatherwood placed 2nd, and Susan Simmons placed 3rd.

Ted Smith, with St. Stephen’s Church was recognized and awarded a gift certificate for helping secure the most sponsor donations for his team!

Ms. Joan Jones of Dayton, Texas, who is the Executive Director of the Dayton Community Food Pantry, would like to add “I would like to thank all of the volunteers and participants for making the event a huge success, without their support the pantry could not open in November as planned.”

If you would like to offer your support or make a donation towards the Dayton Community Food Pantry, who is a non-profit charitable organization, please contact Ms. Joan Jones at (936)334-2160.


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