The Armfield Civic and Recreation Center hosted its annual Pilot Mountain 5K Fall Trail Run on Saturday morning, raising funds while providing a healthy challenge for triad runners.
According to Armfield Center Fitness Director Magan Vogler, 82 entrants took part in the morning. The run began in the Jack Palmer Field parking lot before tracing a trail through the heart of the center’s Nelson Acres.
“That’s a good turnout,” she noted, “and it’s up from recent years. We’re pleased.”
“The (Nelson Acres) trail was in good shape for a run,” said Harry Wilson, president of the Armfield Board of Directors. “Earlier in the week, we’d had a cross-country regional here with middle school and high school students from several schools in the area.”
Elkin resident Nathan Brown, 16, certainly found the conditions to his liking as he set a blistering pace to finish in 19 minutes and 36 seconds. Race organizers said they believed the time to be a course record for the event.
“It was tough but it felt good,” said Brown, who competes with the Elkin High School cross-country team. The hills were hard but it was fun.”
Second place went the Alan Tripp,37, of Winston-Salem, finishing with a time of 20:05.
Third-place finisher David McILwane, 30, also of Winston-Salem, was competing in his first trail run.
“It was a good run. It was challenging but I liked the course,” he said.
Top female finisher of the day was Samantha Monk,35, of Mount Airy, who finished in fifth place with a time of 26:17.
“It was tough with a lot of hills, but I enjoyed the challenge,” she said after completing the course.
Proceeds from the day will be put back into the center and its programs, Vogler said,
“We’re a non-profit and these funds will go into our fitness programs, our youth activities and will be used as needed to benefit the center,” she explained.