(HEATH, TX – May 1, 2019) The sun was shining and the skies were bright blue for one of the first Saturdays in weeks when the Heath community gathered for Fun & Fit in the Park, featuring the annual Heart of Heath 5k and One-Mile Family Run.
The fabulous weather helped draw 366 runners and walkers, including Tanner Townsend of Royce City, who took 1st Place in the 5k with a 16:09 time. The 1st Place Male Master was perennial winner Dwain McDuffie of West Monroe, LA, with a 16.42 time.
The Overall Female 5k winner was Katherine Peisen of Dallas at 19.20, and the 1st Place Female Master was Dana Govender of Heath at 23.57.
The youngest winners of the day were the Top 3 Boys and Top 3 Girls in the 1-Mile Family Run. Taking 1st Place among the girls was Isabella Ruffo; 2nd Place was Brianna Weaver; and 3rd Place was Anna Claire Glaze. The 1st Place boy was Andrew Dyer; 2nd Place was Trevor Bunyard; and 3rd Place was Ethan Wyatt.
Fun & Fit in the Park activities also included a Runners’ Warm Up presented by Camp Gladiator, complimentary refreshments, giant games like Checkers and Chess, and a Bunny Stop for face painting.
“There are so many people to thank for helping make events like Fun & Fit in the Park a success,” said Heath Mayor Kelson Elam. “From the Special Events Board, volunteers, Heath DPS and staff to the sponsors, prize donors and unique ‘guests’ like the Snowy Range Alpacas, it’s truly a community effort. The weather even cooperated to give us a big turnout for the 5k and Family Runs.”
The 2018 Special Events Series is generously supported by Host Sponsor LiechtyMcGinnisBerrymanBowen Attorneys & Counselors.
Presenting Sponsors are: American National Bank; CareNow; Dental Professionals of Rockwall; Heath Economic Development Corporation/Municipal Benefits Corporation; Heath Pediatric Dentistry; Heath Salon & Spa; Horton & Archibald/Allegiance Title; Play-Tri/Rockwall Cycling; J.E.R. Chilton YMCA Rockwall; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital; T3 Chiropractor; and Villa 306-Turks & Caicos.
Supporting Sponsors: ABH Roofing & Construction; Atmos Energy; Camp Gladiator; First United Methodist Church of Heath; Juice It Up; Oncor; Shannon’s Farms; Smoothie King; and Karen Wydra/Ebby Halliday, Realtors.
The following businesses donated prizes: Arboledos; Camp Gladiator; Chilosos; Glamour Nails; Heath Salon and Spa; KB Dental; Lakeside Florist; Lakeside Allure Boutique; Marco’s Pizza; Milano’s Italian Restaurant; Nothing Bundt Cakes; Pappy’s Pet Lodge; Racquet & Jog; Rockwall Golf and Athletic Club; Select Wine; Shenaniganz; Standard Service; and Villa 306 – Turks & Caicos
Proceeds from the 5k and Family Run benefit Heath’s parks and trails. Photos and an event-day video can be viewed at www.heathtx.com and www.facebook.com/Heath.
Submitted press release and photos by the City of Heath.
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