Nearly a thousand participate in the start of the 5K in the 20th annual Run the Reagan in Snellville Saturday. (Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan)
SNELLVILLE — For 20 years, people from across Gwinnett County and the metro Atlanta area have come to Ronald Reagan Parkway to run in one of the Run the Reagan races. And for 20 years the race has helped support multiple groups, including this year’s recipient, the Gwinnett Community Clinic.
But for Brookwood High School senior Tommy Templeman, it wasn’t enough to support the the clinic by paying his entry fee. After finishing second in the half-marathon on Saturday, Templeman took it one step further and donated his $200 second-place winnings back to the clinic.
“I don’t need the money,” he said. “I have more to focus on. It’s better for that money to (go to) the community clinic than in my pocket. I’m just glad I could help out.”
That gesture is one that clinic co-founder Pam Kramer was happy to accept.
“He’s getting ready to go to college and he’s starting out a great way,” she said. “It just goes to show you our clinic is a community effort.”
Templeman was one of almost 2,000 runners who participated in the half-marathon (13.1 miles), 10K (6.2 miles), 5K (3.1 miles) and one-mile fun run.
For some, it was about doing something they had never done before. For others, it was about spending time with family.
Lawrenceville resident Patrick Hardy was one of those who participated in the 10K to spend time with his family. But it was a moment that Hardy wanted to savor as his daughter, Victoria, will be deploying to Bahrain for two years for service with the U.S. Navy.
“It was a chance for us to come out and do something together as a family before she deploys,” Patrick said. “It’s definitely a special moment for us.”
Lawrenceville resident David Stinson participated in his first half-marathon after being challenged by a co-worker.
“I tried to prepare for it and my wife was telling me not to do it,” he said. “I even cut our Valentine’s Day short so I could go home and get some sleep. But it was worth it because I finished and I’m proud I did it.”
Stinson noted the first half of the race was good, but the second half of the race was brutal.
“I was just trying to hang on for dear life,” he said.
Those are just some of the stories at the 20th annual event, after a week where snow and ice closed Ronald Reagan Parkway and left many people trying to find ways to prepare for the race.
“I ran on a treadmill since I couldn’t really run outside,” Hardy said.
Said Stinson: “I got out in the snow on the second day, but I didn’t really eat the healthiest of stuff during the snowstorm.”
For all who ran the race, the support for the Gwinnett Community Clinic was felt by Kramer and those who are a part of the 25-year-old clinic.
“This race means everything to us,” she said. “It’s our largest fundraiser of the year. If you think about it, we have a budget of $160,000 a year and we deliver millions of dollars worth of care each year. That is thanks in large part to our volunteer doctors and nurses, and the community that supports us.
“We’re able to provide health care to the unemployed and uninsured. We want people to know that we care about them. It’s because of events like this that we’re able to do so.”
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HALF MARATHON MEN'S
1 MALCOLM CAMPBELL 1:15:53.57
2 TOMMY TEMPLEMAN 1:19:53.62
3 JONATHAN CORSO 1:21:44.26
HALF MARATHON WOMEN'S
1 TARA MOONEY 1:28:11.37
2 MICHELLE MCKENZIE 1:28:32.93
3 BETH PRESTON 1:34:20.77
1 KYLE BOYKIN 38:35.30
2 KENYNIK ALEXIS 39:08.73
3 CORY COWN 40:12.88
1 SHERRY BOURRIE 45:19.23
2 MARANDA REED 47:11.29
3 KATIE MARINO 47:45.17
1 SEAN JARNAGIN 19:13.99
2 KENYNIK ALEXIS 19:43.16
3 VINCENT BRENNAN 20:11.28
1 RACHEL MASON 20:35.63
2 ALICIA HUDELSON 21:03.79
3 SAGE ZIELINSKI 22:06.66
20th Annual Run the Reagan
Scenes from the 20th annual Run the Reagan in Snellville Saturday.