With a time of 25:13 in the five kilometer run, Walker Whitworth, 10, was the fastest finisher in the 12-and-under male division and in the overall run. Kerri Anderson’s 27:22 made her the fastest finisher in the 31-41 female division and the first female to finish.
“It’s humbling that everybody is on board to help,” said Childersburg City Councilwoman Michele Mizzell, who coordinated the race.
With other fund-raising runs going on Saturday in Birmingham and Talladega, Mizzell said overall participation was down a little, but fundraising was up thanks to the help of several sponsors. Previous runs have raised $2000 to $4000.
Sponsors included the Talladega County Commission, Coosa Pines Federal Credit Union, the Childersburg Water Works, Sewer and Gas Board, Coosa Valley Medical Center, Nippon Oil, Alabama Power Company, Resolute Forest Products, Industree Timber Inc., White Knight Engineered Products, Star Physical Therapy, Park South Physical Therapy, Ron Carroll State Farm Insurance, Billy Atkinson Sr., Childersburg Primary Care, The Print Shop, Heritage South Credit Union and Kenneth Ogle.
Door prizes were donated by Danny’s Marketplace, Talladega County Emergency Management Agency, Antiques and Uniques, J&J Drugs, That’s Hot, BamaWear, Pam’s Hair Heaven and Cadence Bank.
Male and female winners in the various age divisions were as follows:
12 and under: Whitworth, 25:13; no female winner.
13-19: Brandon Berry, 32:02, Madison Holmes, 53:09.
20-30: D.J. Mizzell, 37:49, Wendy Shurette, 52:24.
31-40: Shawn Melton, 25:44, Keri Anderson, 27:22.
41-50: Al Barnett, 25:33, Tennie Wesley, 30:25.
51-60: Pete Storey, 28:18, Susan Carpenter, 41:52.
61-over: Barbara Rich, 41:52, no male winner.
The mill was built in the 1860s, and through the years Talladega Creek has eroded its footings. A project is ongoing to stabilize the mill’s foundation, and Mizzell said fundraising is a non-stop activity for the mill. She said money will be needed in the future to match possible preservation grants.