“Run Galesburg Run” Attracts Hundreds

6-1-14 RGRAthletes of all calibers lined up early Sunday morning in preparation for races that are becoming an annual tradition.

Run Galesburg Run saw nearly 900 participants this year for the half-marathon, 5K, and one-mile fun run.

The event attempts to encourage fitness, but also raises funds that support local charities.

The first finisher in this year’s half-marathon was Alex Ray out of Crown Point, Indiana with a time of just over one hour 23 minutes.

Race Organizer Dave Dunn tells WGIL they’ve been successful because it’s a well organized event.

“If it’s a poorly-run event, they don’t come back,” Dunn said.  “A lot of running events struggle to get off the ground because there’s not a lot of planning.  We’ve spent quite a few dollars — resources — with a consultant that had done big races before, to make sure we can cross our t’s and dot our i’s.”

Crews worked late into the night to construct the start-finish line and more than 200 volunteers assisted in operating the event.

This year’s 5k winner was 17-year-old Ethan Stanley out of Wataga who said he had just competed in the high school state track and field events, Saturday.

Participation in this year’s event increased more than 30-percent over the previous year.

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