Even with COVID-19 present, the 6th annual Stampede the Trail hosted its biggest event to date with 171 participants through the half marathon, 5K and Kids run.
Duncan Regional Health Foundation and The Simmons Center originally scheduled the event for March 28, but it moved to June 27. COVID-19 caused other differences in the race, including hosting races at different times this year and hosting no award ceremony.
Cyndi Crook, Executive Director of Duncan Regional Health Foundation, said they were excited about the turnout for the event.
“It was our best turnout — approximately 171 participants. We had local people and others from Texas, Arkansas, Michigan and Missouri,” Crook said.
With number crunching ahead to determine the amount raised, Crook said the estimate shows the foundation raising close to $7,000 while earning plenty of compliments about the race.
“We received many compliments — very friendly volunteers, (people saying) ‘If you keep having the race and I can run, I will be there,’” Crook said. “It was different not holding an awards ceremony due to COVID-19 and social distancing but I don’t think anyone minded.”
Tyler Thorne took first place in the half marathon with a time of 1:35:14.28 while the fastest female racer came in Melissa Anderson, who finished with a time of 2:02:42.80.
In the 5K Race, Corbin Galt finished with a time of 19:46.71, while the fastest female time came from Jennifer Bivens who came in with a time of 25:23.65.
With no awards ceremony, all of the racers got a participation medal and award winners will receive their medals in the mail.
“I think everyone enjoyed the race, we had good weather and there seemed to be a real camaraderie with the participants, spectators and volunteers,” Crook said. “We are really appreciative to everyone that came and ran (or walked!) and all the volunteers.”