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.”