• Photo by Mary Richardson
    As the Run for the 57th AHC 5K Run begins on Saturday morning, Charles McIlroy, 54, of Weatherford, takes the lead at the sound of the horn and, with a time of 18:48.5, was the overall winner of the event held at Possum Kingdom Lake. The run benefited Courage Beyond, an organization which assists present and former service members and their families suffering from PTSD issues.
  • Photo by Mary Richardson
    Kayden Couger, 13, of Graford, crosses the finish line at the Run for the 57th AHC 5K Walk/2KRun held at Possum Kingdom Lake on Armed Forces Day, May 21. Couger placed first in the male 13-19 age group; and ranked third overall. He improved his time to 22:30.2, over three minutes faster than last year’s time of 25:06.7. The run benefited Courage Beyond, an organization which assists present and former service members and their families suffering from PTSD issues.
  • Photo by Mary Richardson
    The top three overall winners gather near the finish line to pose for a few pictures at the Run for the 57th AHC 5K Walk/2KRun held at Possum Kingdom Lake on Armed Forces Day, May 21. Left to right they stand respectively, first- to third-place, Charles McIlroy, 54, of Weatherford; Adrian Benavides, 44, of Mineral Wells, placed first in the male 40-49 age group with a time of 21:11.4; and ranked second overall; and, Kayden Couger, 13, of Graford, who placed first in the male 13-19 age group; ranked third overall. Couger improved his time to 22:30.2, over three minutes faster than last year’s time of 25:06.7.

Racers came from all around to Run for the 57th AHC at PK

It was a near-perfect day for the run with temperatures about 65 or 66 degrees, light winds out of the south, southeast at five miles per hour and, not a cloud in the sky, Jim McKenzie, race director, said to the crowd of runners as they began lining up for the start of the 5K race at the Possum Kingdom Chamber of Commerce. 

Runners and walkers included more than 80 people of all ages from surrounding areas who turned out for the second annual Run for the 57th AHC, benefiting Courage Beyond, held on Armed Forces Day, May 21, at Possum Kingdom Lake. Charles McIlroy, 54, of Weatherford, was the overall winner, with a time of 18:48.5, shaving more than a minute off last year’s winner Andrew West, 26, of Graford, time of 19:57.7. 

Adrian Benavides, 44, of Mineral Wells, placed first in the male 40-49 age group with a time of 21:11.4; and ranked second overall. Benavides improved his time last year of 21:28.3.

Kayden Couger, 13, of Graford, placed first in the male 13-19 age group; and ranked third overall. Couger improved his time to 22:30.2, over three minutes faster than last year’s time of 25:06.7.

Amber Boswell, 40, of Perrin, was the female winner overall with a time of 25: 16.3.

Other results:

• Male 7-12, Cody Epperson, 10, of Graham, placed first, with a time of 41:41.4; second Daemon Hamill, 9, of Mineral Wells, 50:59.9.

• Female 13-19, Abbie Franklin, 13, of Graham, placed first, with a time of 37:34.1; Emily Epperson, 13, of Graham, second, 37:37.5; and Nicole Taylor, 15, of Graford, third, 41:475.

• Female 20-29, Chelsea Crawford, 26, of Fort Worth, placed first, with a time of 32:29.5.

• Male 20-29, Michael Ray, 28, of Dallas, placed first , with a time of 23:12.8; Tyler Green, 28, of Graford, was second, with 31:16.7.

• Female 30-39, Cheryl Burns, 35, of Graford, placed first with a time of 25:53.8; Randi Altum, 31, of Graford, was second, with 27:17.8; and Amanda Terry, 35, of Graford, third, with 28:15.8.

• Male 30-39, Ryan Betzing, 36, of San Angelo, placed first with a time of 30:54.9.

• Female 40-49, Amy Martin, 48, of Abilene, placed first, with a time of 28:26.4; Anissa Teskey, 41, of Weatherford was second, with 32:29.3; and Lisa Garett, 46, of Ranger, third, with 34:08.1.

• Male 40-49, Adrian Benavides placed first; Shawn Griffin, 42, was second, with 22:54.1; and Gavin Burns, 44, of Keller, was third, with 24:25.1.

• Female 50-59, Peggy Gailey, 52, of Strawn, placed first with 26:36.7; Xan Holub, 59, of Graham, was second, with 33:35.2; and Judy Lowe, 52, of Graford, third, with 36:42.0.

• Male 50-59, Michael Kinman, 56, of Millsap, placed first, with a time of 27:40.1; and Scot Martin, of Abilene, was second, with 40:40.8.

• Male 60 and over, John Ross, 68, of Fort Worth, placed first, with a time of 27:32.1; Rick Cruz, 60, was second, with 34.296; and Charles Norris, 66, of Georgetown, placed third, with 38:51.0.

Results were provided by Race Day Event Services. For a more complete listing, visit  www.racedayeventservices.com. The course was certified by USA Track & Field, and event utilized chip-timing devices for accuracy. No results were provided for the 2K Walk. For more information, visit runfor57ahc.com.

Afterward, McKenzie reported they had raised about $6,000 that will be donated to Courage Beyond, an organization which assists present and former service members and their families suffering from PTSD issues. He thanked the many who volunteered their time to help and also those who sponsored the event. 

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