Seventh running of the Bob White Covered Bridge 5K held

Samantha Monk (left) of Mount Airy, N.C., and Daniel Alvarez of Dobson, N.C., were the top female and males to finish the Covered Bridge 5K, held Saturday in conjunction with the Covered Bridge Festival in Woolwine.

Saturday was the seventh annual run of the Bob White Covered Bridge 5K. Even though the bridge is not yet rebuilt, Jack’s Creek Covered Bridge was included in this year’s race course. The event finished at the Smith River Church of the Brethren near the site of the former Bob White Covered Bridge instead of going through it, too.

First place overall winners were Daniel Alvarez of Dobson, N.C., with a time of 18:07 and Samantha Monk of Mount Airy, N.C., with a time of 23:13.

The race benefits Stuart Athletic Booster Club. The race weather was perfect—70 degrees and overcast. Runners ranged from four years old to 73 with a total of 71 runners competing in the 5K.

Raffle prizes were given to participants whose bib numbers were drawn at random.

Top overall male and female winners won a photography session at Jack’s Creek Covered Bridge with Kim Rakes at Hopespun Photography as well as a $50 gas card from Clark Gas & Oil.

All adult winners received either a commemorative ornament or magnet of Bob White Covered Bridge. All child winners won custom designed medals featuring a covered bridge.

Covered Bridge 5K results:

1st overall-Daniel Alvarez of Dobson, N.C., in 18:07. Samantha Monk of Mount Airy, N.C., was first overall for women (23:13).

Age 17 and under (male): 1st-Monroe Morse of Patrick County (19:26), 2nd-Diego Vega of Mount Airy, 3rd, Holden Perry of Floyd.

Age 17 and under (female): 1st-Cora Branch of Mount Airy (31:55), 2nd-Payton Foley of Penhook, 3rd-Sandie Ellis of Axton.

18-29: 1st-Daniel Alvarez of Dobson (18:07), Emma Knighten of Martinsville (24:56). 2nd-Elvis Vega of Mount Airy and Giselle Vega, Mount Airy.

30-39: 1st-Brad Holt of Stuart (20:19) and Samantha Monk of Mount Airy (23:13). 2nd: Curtis Foley of Penhook, and Sybil Slate of Claudville.

40-49: 1st-Mark Joyce of Bassett (22:16) and Cecania Branch of Mount Airy (29:03). 2nd-Todd Gammons of Mount Airy and Sandra Clement of Ararat.

50-59: 1st-George Lyle of Martinsville (25:04) and Susan Thacker of Collinsville (26:17). 2nd-Rodney Holt of Stuart and Kim Ellis of Axton.

60+: Joseph Philpott of Martinsville (25:12) and Marie Haynes of Mount Airy (33:44). 2nd: Jerry Burge of Stuart and Martha Hamblin of Mebane, N.C.

Runners lined up to start the Covered Bridge 5K Saturday morning.
Participants in the Covered Bridge 5K relaxed at the Smith River Church of the Brethren picnic shelter following the race.
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