The runners, walkers, and delegation of residents of Bright Life Farms, Inc. continued back to the school campus and crossed the finish line 3/4 way around Purdue Field Track.
Among the 81 entrants were a three –year-old girl and an 83-year-old man! The race was one of the few competitive athletic events where both sexes of all ages and levels of experience could join. They all followed the same course, the same rules and suffered under the same chill. Some may have been faster, but they all enjoyed the same route.
It is usually interesting for sports fans to read the results of a local event. But to understand another aspect of the pride in winning, one would have needed to be there to have seen the joy and pride on the weathered face on 83-year-old Dale Faughn of Fredonia.
This is the first time a race in this area held a special category for active military.
Every participant was given a strobe light to wear, and course marshals with light sticks were at intersections to protect and guide runners and walkers.
The evening culminated for this group in the elementary school gym where they enjoyed treats, warmth, door prizes and an award assembly.
Residents of Bright Life Farms enjoyed the evening huddled up on a hay baled farm trailer. They were chaperoned by Administrator Roberta Robertson as her husband, Donnie Robertson drove their truck.