Trail run a success for Armfield center


By Dean Palmer - Special to the News



Saturday’s runners gather for a group photo just before starting their 5K run at the Armfield Center.


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And they’re off! Runners dash from the start line as they head toward the Armfield Nelson Acres Trail.


Dean Palmer | The News

Aaron Kramer of Sanford checks in with a time of 21:09, good enough for the overall first place trophy.


Dean Palmer | The News

Robert George, 13, took second place in the overall competition with a time of 22:44. He was one of five George family members to take part in the event.


Dean Palmer | The News

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 local runners.

Fifty-four participants came out for a cool and overcast morning run that Armfield Center Fitness Director Magan Vogler referred to a “perfect running weather.”

“We’re happy with the turnout,” she noted. “And everybody who does this loves it. With the rain we’ve had, we’ve been working on the trail non-stop and we’re pleased with the results.

Runners seemed to agree.

Local runner Damian Pedron finished third with a time of 23:23 in his first attempt in the event.

“It was a great run,” Pedron said. “The course was well set up and it was challenging.”

Among the many interesting stories to be found among participants was that of Doug Bruner, a Claudville, Virginia, resident who just turned 70.

“This is my fifth year taking part here,” he explained. “I started in 2011 and it was the first 5K I’d run. Now, I run 2 to 3 a month. That first year I finished dead last but I’ve won my age group every year since then. This run holds a special place in my heart and I’ll probably keep running it every year.”

Thirteen-year-old Robert George took second place in the overall competition with a time of 22:44. His older sister, Maria George, was the top female finisher, claiming seventh place overall with a time of 27:05. The siblings were two of five George family members participating in the 5K.

First place went to Aaron Kramer of Sanford, in a time of 21:09. An avid runner, Kramer normally competes in the long-distance ultra events. Minutes after finishing, Kramer headed back toward the trail for a cool down run.

“This is sprint distance,” he noted with a smile after the race. “With the elevation changes it is a tough course, but I love it.”

Saturday’s runners gather for a group photo just before starting their 5K run at the Armfield Center.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_DSC05983-Run.jpgSaturday’s runners gather for a group photo just before starting their 5K run at the Armfield Center. Dean Palmer | The News

And they’re off! Runners dash from the start line as they head toward the Armfield Nelson Acres Trail.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_DSC05986-Run.jpgAnd they’re off! Runners dash from the start line as they head toward the Armfield Nelson Acres Trail. Dean Palmer | The News

Aaron Kramer of Sanford checks in with a time of 21:09, good enough for the overall first place trophy.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_DSC05988-Run.jpgAaron Kramer of Sanford checks in with a time of 21:09, good enough for the overall first place trophy. Dean Palmer | The News

Robert George, 13, took second place in the overall competition with a time of 22:44. He was one of five George family members to take part in the event.
https://www.pilotmountainnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/web1_DSC05989-Run.jpgRobert George, 13, took second place in the overall competition with a time of 22:44. He was one of five George family members to take part in the event. Dean Palmer | The News

By Dean Palmer

Special to the News

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