Heath, Texas — Glorious spring weather helped draw a record 329 runners and walkers to participate in the Heart of Heath 5k Run/Walk presented by the City of Heath Special Events Board on April 3.
“It is very rewarding to see the event grow as people of all ages in our community take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy exercise and fellowship together,” said Special Events Board chairman Joel Palin.
Taking first place in the run was Jacob Phillips with a 16.04 time. For the third consecutive year, Kim Stark took first place among all women and was third overall with a time of 17.44. The first place winner in the Boys 14 and Under category went to Justin Tokuz. The first place winner for Girls 14 and Under was Rebecca Parsons.
“The City of Heath appreciates the generous support of the sponsors and prize donors, and thanks the many volunteers and staff for their hard work to make this tradition a fun and safe time for all,” said Heath Mayor John Ratcliffe, noting that proceeds from the run benefit the Heath Trails System that will connect all public areas, parks and neighborhoods.
Sponsors: American National Bank; Alliance Bank; Bayley/Brooke Communications; Baylor Family Medical Center of Rockwall; Bradley Epstein, CPA; Tim Hartley, Attorney at Law; Heath Salon and Spa; Heath Marketplace & Shell; Horton & Archibald, P.C.; IESI; Liechty & McGinnis, L.L.P.; Med-Tech Construction; Oncor; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-Rockwall; Rehab Management Physical Therapy; Rockwall Cycling; Pacific Pools; and City of Heath.
In addition, the following businesses made in-kind donations for race packets and prize drawings: Bahama Bucks; Bella’s House; Black Eyed Pea; Buffalo Creek Golf Club; Buffalo Wild Wings; Burger House; Chick-fil-A; Culvers; Eclipse Fitness; Freedom Chapel; Hacienda Car Wash; Harbor Mail; Heath Salon & Spa; Hilton Bella Harbor; Horizon Auto Center; Juvanew MedSpa; La Madeleine; Lady of America; Milanos; Music Shop; Nail Unique; Pancho and Lefty’s; Presbyterian Hospital-Rockwall; Rockwall County Abstract; Rockwall Running Center; RWL Wishing Well; Shenaniganz; Bob Sturgeon; T.G.I. Friday’s; TrainUp Teen Fitness; Alice Williams-Advocare; and Wal-Mart.
Girls 14 & Under
Rebecca Parsons – First Place
Natalie Williams – Second Place
Bailey Hierholzer – Third Place
Kim Stark – Overall Women’s Winner
Morgan Johnson – Second Place
Shawne Batterbee – Third Place
Madelyn Hill – First Place
Barbara Davis – Second Place
Cheryl Weaver – Third Place
Boys 14 & Under
Justin Tokuz – First Place
Christopher Rigler – Second Place
Brett Loeffler – Third Place
Jacob Phillips – Overall Winner
Charles Douglas – Second Place
Carlos Zaldivar – Third Place
Dan Crawford – First Place
Michael Kersey – Second Place
Garner Carey – Third Place
Winning first place in the Men’s Clydesdale category was Amy Parks-Heath Elementary Principal Dan Crawford, joined here by his Amy Parks students who participated in the Heart of Heath 5k.
Assistant City Manager Kim Dobbs
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