SNELLVILLE - Despite a slight drizzle and cloudy skies, more than 3,100 participants turned out Saturday to celebrate what has become the fourth resurrection of Gwinnett County's largest road race.
For those who participated in the 14th Run the Reagan, they all left winners since all the profits generated from the event go toward two Gwinnett charities - Young Life and the Gwinnett Community Clinic.
Those winners came in many different shapes and sizes, too.
For starters, 300 volunteers made the event possible by doing everything from handing out bananas to cleaning up trash at the race's conclusion.
One of those volunteers was Sheila Adcock, who is on the board of directors at the Gwinnett Community Clinic. She woke at 6 that morning on the day she normally likes to sleep in. Her reason for doing so was easy, she said.
"It's a great cause," Adcock said. "It's a lot of fun and this turnout is fabulous."
A walk along the start of Ronald Reagan Parkway near Ga. Highway 124 is where the races concluded and where the sheer numbers present were visible. Hoards of people lined the street there to cheer the runners to the finish line. One such fan holding flowers for her victors was the wife and mother of Dennis and Brandi Lott of Monroe. The reason for the flowers, besides Valentine's Day she said, was because it was Brandi's first 10K.
Another woman standing on the side of the road cheering on her loved one was Janet Gibbs of Lilburn. She and her two young daughters screamed in support for their husband and father, Bruce, who was running in his first 5K race ever.
"He just wanted to do something to get active," Gibbs said.
For Robert Rozar of Lawrenceville, who came in first in the 10K for his age group, he had his young sons Buck and Brode there to support him. Buck had even just completed a six-minute mile in the one-mile fun run. Rozar said jokingly that winning "in the group for old people" meant a lot to him.
"It feels good because as I've gotten older, I've gotten faster," he said.
Anita Fuller of Dacula, who won the 10K in her age group as well and was participating in her first Reagan, said despite winning, she only wished her time would have been a little faster.
"I wanted it a little faster but I had the flu all last week so I'm pleased," she said. "I enjoyed it and would definitely do it next year."
Both Rozar and Fuller said they run because it helps relieve stress.
One winner out there who didn't look like she had a stressful bone in her body though was 8-year-old Mac Champaign of Lawrenceville. She won the under-10 division's 5K race, coming in at 28:22 for the 3.1-mile jaunt.
Asked why she ran, her answer pretty much summed up the entire Run the Reagan race.
"It's fun," she said.
And that fun, community event for everyone is what keeps making the Run the Reagan grow in popularity with each passing year, said Tom Mayfield, one of the race's organizers.
"People see the shirts, see the signs and talk to their friends who have done it before and say, 'I'm going to do that next year,'" he said.
With more than 3,100 runners topping last years' 2,500, Mayfield's probably right, too.
Men's 5K results
Men's 10K results
Men's half marathon results
Women's 5K results
Women's 10K results
Women's half marathon results