Shelby Brawner, Extension Assistant/Grant Manager
On Saturday, September 16, 2017, over 80 runners/walkers and 30 volunteers gathered at the State Fairgrounds in Nashville, TN for the Tennessee 4-H Funnel Cake 5K. It was a nice, sunny day and warmed up quickly – but no rain! Participants ran/walked through the fairgrounds and ended their 5K on the speedway. After the participants snaked their way through the course, an award ceremony took place to award the race winners. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female in each age category won a Funnel Cake 5K medal. The 1st place overall male and female won a Tennessee State Fair print, a pair of Asics socks, a visor, a cooling towel, a running light, and a running water bottle. The 2nd place overall male and female won a Tennessee State Fair print, a visor, and a running light. The 3rd place overall male and female won a Tennessee State Fair print and a visor. The master’s (40-49) and grand master’s (50+) winners received a Tennessee State Fair print and a Camelback water bottle. After the awards ceremony, participants were treated to a free funnel cake. All participants received a Tennessee 4-H Funnel Cake 5K t-shirt and a funnel cake.
Timing for the race was provided by Race Day Events based out of Knoxville, TN. The first participant to finish the race was Jacob Wade with a time of 19:59. Wow! If you are interested in the results of the race visit the Run/Signup website.
|Photo of the finishing area of the speedway. Some finishers enjoying their water and post-race snacks.|
The Tennessee 4-H Funnel Cake 5K had an elite sponsor, John and Chelsea Rose, and three classic sponsors, UnitedHealthcare, Tennessee 4-H Foundation, and National 4-H Council. Also, our classic sponsors were Charles Weber, Emily Hagmaier, and Katie Tingue. Thank you to our sponsors, to the Tennessee State Fair for providing a race course and funnel cakes, to the volunteers, and to our participants! We are al ready looking forward to next year.
If you missed out this year, be sure to stay tuned for the release of the race date for the 2018 Tennessee 4-H Funnel Cake 5K!