The inaugural JCHS 5K Riverside Run & Wellness Walk, presented by Medical Facilities of America, an Exclusive Provider of LifeWorks Rehab, was held on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.
We began the event the day before with early registration on the JCHS campus.
Both students and staff pitched in to check our participants in and give them their race materials. Next up: race day!
It was EARLY the next morning when our race volunteers came to campus to get ready. Here, we see the JCHS campus at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital greeting our race day sunrise!
In the lobby, registration kicked off around 8 a.m. Here, we find race staff members Jennifer Slusher (left) and Ally Bowersock. How do these ladies look so lovely so early in the morning?!
Our race volunteers came from the College student body, faculty and staff, as well as friends of JCHS.
As registration progressed, race staff member Elizabeth Costa and JCHS Alumni Association president Sue Campbell posed for a snapshot.
As the sun rose higher in the morning sky, our registration for the 5K got busier and busier!
Getting ready to head out into the cool November morning to set up our exterior portions of the race were Jennifer Martin (right), who posed with staff volunteer and JCHS faculty member Judy Lash. Judy smartly stayed in the warm lobby to do her volunteer work!
Soon, we registered our 200th race participant: Chess Duckwall, who took part in the 5K Riverside Run with his mom, Carrie Duckwall. Carrie was #201!
Each runner or walker received a commemorative T-shirt with our race logo on it as a thank you for taking part in our race event.
Observing our registration were (left to right) Sue Campbell, JCHS Alumni Association president; Sarah Higginbotham, Coordinator of the JCHS VOICE (Violence Can End) Program; and Jennifer Slusher, JCHS Director of Counseling & Wellness.
We also sent our mascot, Jeff, The Blue Healer, out and about to make sure the race course was up to his high standards! Here he is at the corner of Reid Drive and Jefferson Street, taking stock of our starting line.
Race staff member Jennifer Martin ties balloons to a light post at our starting line.
As we inched closer to the start of our race, Jeff made his way back inside and was a popular subject for group photos with our runners and walkers.
The JCHS lobby area was filled to the brim with our race participants as the morning went on, including JCHS president Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop (right, foreground), who greets Rachel Millirons, daughter of JCHS Dean for Administrative Services Anna Millirons who's standing right behind her in the red vest.
Our pre-race gathering in the lobby also gave our participants and volunteers time to chat and catch up before we got underway.
Patricia Airey (back left), Director of the JCHS Physician Assistant program, poses with friends and family before the race.
Some of our racers actually got tattoos to commemorate the event. (Okay, they were TEMPORARY tattoos of Jeff's paw print, as modeled here by Ally Bowersock).
Two of our racers who had migrated outside into the crisp autumn air as we got ready to kick things off!
Teresa Berry (center), Director of SARA, Inc. (one of the beneficiaries of the JCHS 5K Riverside Run & Wellness Walk), chats with JCHS Nursing faculty member Warren Clark.
Two more of our racers who were pretty as a picture as they waited for the race to begin.
JCHS Physician Assistant faculty member Judy Lash (right), poses with PA students Wesley Patterson and Melinda Lackore.
Ally Bowersock (left) Director of the JCHS Health & Exercise Science Program, poses with her students who participated in the 5K.
The 5K Riverside Run & Wellness Walk officially began with a welcome from JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop.
Then, our runners and walkers began to make their way down Reid Drive to the starting line on Jefferson Street.
The view down Jefferson Street toward Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital from our starting line.
We welcomed over 200 runners and walkers to the inaugural JCHS 5K Riverside Run & Wellness Walk in 2012. Here, they listen to instructions just before starting the race.
Some of our younger runners in the crowd at the starting line.
And then, we were off! This is our runners taking to the course just after the starting horn was blown.
The runners were first off the starting line and headed down Jefferson Street in a pack on this beautiful fall morning in Roanoke.
While the runners began in a pack, they wouldn't stay that way for long, spreading out as the course went on.
Following our runners were our walkers, who began just a minute or two behind our runners.
Sticking around at the starting line were our "former and/or injured runners" (as they described themselves), including (left to right) Karen Laymen, Scott Hill, Judy Lash and Warren Clark. Karen, Judy and Warren are all JCHS faculty members and Scott is our Dean for Student Affairs.
We even had some canine walkers who brought up the rear, trotting happily down Jefferson Street!
On down the course, our runners hit the Walnut Street bridge.
Many of our runners were making great time on the course!
By the time they arrived at the bridge, the pack had begun to break out into smaller groups.
One of these groups include College President Bishop (second from left).
More of our runners crossing the bridge and heading to the next leg of our 3.1 mile course.
After our runners, our walkers arrived at the bridge.
The next portion of the race led our participants on to the Roanoke River Greenway.
It was beautiful scene on the Greenway, with our runners surrounded by all of the wonderful autumn colors!
President Bishop heads onto the Greenway along with JCHS student Kelly Berry.
By the time they moved onto the Greenway, our runners began to spread out even more, some at a fast pace and outers more leisurely.
JCHS 5K racer Nancy Harvey on the Roanoke River Greenway.
Some of our runners surround by fall foliage and with the backdrop of Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
It was a bit chilly for early November on race day this year, but our runners warmed up as they headed down the course.
Some of our participants listened to music or books as they completed the course.
JCHS 5K racer Eric Davis on the Roanoke River Greenway.
Carilion Clinic's Kim Roe making good time on the Greenway during the 5K.
As the runners began to thin out a bit, it gave us time to really take in the beauty of Mill Mountain and downtown Roanoke in the fall.
One of our puppy participants, accompanied by his people!
JCHS faculty member Judy Lash (left) with Assistant Director of Admissions Sarah Roos and her fiancé, Billy Boswell. Gosh, Judy, you're in this slideshow a lot. You're either very quick or very popular. Or maybe both!!
Some of our able bodied JCHS 5K Riverside Race & Wellness Walk organizers (from left to right): Scott Hill, Jennifer Slusher, Sue Campbell, Sarah Higginbotham, Elizabeth Costa and Jennifer Martin.
And then, our racers began to cross the finish line. First up was our overall fastest male runner, Ed Harris of Salem, with a final finish time of 20:12.9.
Jeff, the Blue Healer, cheers on our runners near the finish line.
One of our runners heading up Jefferson Street to the finish.
Michael Hill, son of JCHS Dean for Student Affairs Scott Hill, crossed the finish line with a final time of 20:45.8.
For our runners, here's what they saw as they ran up Reid Drive toward the finish line!
JCHS faculty Member Glenn Kent was our third fastest male runner with a final time of 21:13.0.
Our fastest overall female runner, Stacie McGuire of Roanoke, finished the race with a time of 21:20.6.
To finish the course, our participants had to make a turn on the Roanoke River Greenway and then retrace their path back up Jefferson Street to the JCHS campus. Here, we see some of our runners rounding the corner off of Jefferson and onto Reid Drive, including Rachel Millirons (front).
One of our younger runners powers out the last few yards of the course and heads toward the finish line.
Some of our runners returning from the Greenway and heading up Jefferson Street.
Looking down Jefferson, our runners run on closed course toward their goal at the finish line.
Jennifer Slusher and Sue Campbell watch our runners cross the finish line at the 5K.
Runners making their way up Jefferson toward the JCHS campus.
More of our participants heading home to the finish line.
Following our 5K event, there was a veteran's Day parade in downtown Roanoke. Some of the folks with the parade handed out American flags to our participants and this runner showed her patriotism by tucking them into her hair!
A gaggle of runners coming up Jefferson Street during the 5K Riverside Run.
JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop rounds the corner onto Reid Drive, heading to the finish of the 5K.
Just a few more steps Dr. Bishop!
Two of our runners cool down after the 5K in our post-race area on campus.
As the race wound down, many of our runners made their way back down to Jefferson Street to cheer on their fellow athletes!
Runners heading to the finish during the 2012 5K race.
Many JCHS faculty and staff participated this year, including Emily Moore (far left), Coordinator of the JCHS Learning & Writing Center.
A lot of our runners kept pace with each other and the 5K served as a real bonding experience for families, friends and neighbors!
Racers cross the finish line on the JCHS campus.
Carole Porter, JCHS Web Services Librarian (left, facing in blue shirt), high fives her congratulations as Emily Moore (second from right, facing away) does the same.
Our greeting crew at the turn from Jefferson Street onto Reid Drive cheer our racers on to the finish line.
Two of our runners heading toward the finish hand-in-hand.
We continued greeting our racers throughout the morning as they made their way back up the course.
Kim Roe is all smiles as she rounds the corner onto Reid Drive.
One of our tiniest runners is still going strong as she heads toward completing our 2012 5K.
Sue Campbell and the incomparable Susan Booth share a smile near the finish line of the JCHS 5K.
In the post-race area, our runners and walkers could dive into a great spread of food, drinks and other treats to ramp their strength back up after the 5K.
Our post-race area on campus, where our participants and their families and friends could relax and discuss the event.
From left to right: JCHS President Dr. Nathaniel L. Bishop, Rachel Millirons, Carilion Clinic's Becky Clark, JCHS Dean for Academic Affairs Dr. Lisa Allison-Jones and Anna Millirons.
And then, we began our awards ceremony.; First up, we recognized our event sponsors, including Lancerlot Sports.
Next, we recognized the sponsorship of Carilion Clinic's Velocity Care with Kim Roe.
We also recognized the sponsorship from Carilion Clinic with Becky Clark.
We even recognized the sponsorship from the JCHS Office of Student Affairs with Scott Hill.
Our presenting sponsor for the JCHS 5K Riverside Run & Wellness Walk was Medical Facilities of America, an Exclusive Provider of LifeWorks Rehab. Their representatives are pictured here with Teresa Berry, who presided over our awards ceremony.
First place Overall Male Ed Harris of Salem.
Second place Overall Male Michael Hill of Salem.
Third place Overall Male Glenn Kent of Roanoke.
First place Overall Female Stacie McGuire of Roanoke.
Second place Overall Female Ashton McNutt of Roanoke.<P>
Third place Overall Female was Erin Dudley of Roanoke (not pictured).
Third place Female 10 & Under Chloe Cannon.
Second place Female 10 & Under Sophia Hoff.
First place Female 10 & Under Elizabeth Dixon.
Third place Male 10 & Under Carter Cole.
Second place Male 10 & Under Brady Cole.
First place Male 10 & Under Harry Lowman.
Second place Female 11 to 14 Emme Cannon.
First place Female 11 to 14 Rachel Millirons.
First place Male 11 to 14 Craig Thornton.
Third place Female 15 to 19 Amber Brown.
Second place Female 15 to 19 Cheyenne Selbe.
First place Female 15 to 19 Brianna Smith.
Third place Male 15 to 19 Avi Malkin.
Second place Male 15 to 19 Cory Sayers.
First place Male 15 to 19 Tim Breslin.
Third place Female 20 to 24 Ashley Ries.
Second place Female 20 to 24 Brook-Lynn Melvin.
First place Female 20 to 24 Melinda Lackore.
Third place Male 20 to 24 Nick Fanti.
Second place Male 20 to 24 Jonathan Hudgins.
First place Male 20 to 24 Alex Shaeppard
Third place Female 25 to 29 Allie Graham.
Second place Female 25 to 29 Katie Oliver.
First place Female 25 to 29 Sarah Kegel.
Third place Male 25 to 29 Wesley Patterson.<P>
Second place Male 25 to 29 Justin Domurat (not pictured).
First place Male 25 to 29 Timothy Carroll.
Third place Female 30 to 34 Leigh Mason.
Second place Female 30 to 34 Lindsey Woods.
First place Female 30 to 34 Dana Craighead.
Third place Male 30 to 34 Adam Smith.
Second place Male 30 to 34 Elliot Carhart.
First place Male 30 to 34 Ryan Kegel.
Third place Female 35 to 39 Angela Ice.
Second place Female 35 to 39 Heather Lindstrom.
First place Female 35 to 39 Jenny Reeves.
Second place Male 35 to 39 Eric Davis.<P>
First place Male 35 to 39 Mac Marlow (not pictured).
Third place Female 40 to 44 Cathy Cannon.<P>
Second place Female 40 to 44 Sarah Hill (not pictured).
First place Female 40 to 44 Diane Rodil.
Third place Male 40 to 44 William Brookes.
Second place Male 40 to 44 Scott Collins.
First place Male 40 to 44 Derek Batey.
Second place Female 45 to 49 Rebecca Brown.<P>
First place Female 45 to 49 Julie Linkous and third place Female 45 to 49 Lisa Morrris (neither pictured).
Third place Male 45 to 49 Sam Cannon.<P>
First place Male 45 to 49 Michael Whitlow and second place Male 45 to 49 Mark Mills (neither pictured).
Third place Female 50 to 54 Carter Warren.
Second place Female 50 to 54 Cynthia Hodges.<P>
First place Female 50 to 54 Nancy Meacham (not pictured).
Second place Male 50 to 54 Barry Thornton.<P>
Third place Male 50 to 54 Barry Smith (not pictured).
First place Male 50 to 54 Fred Barger.
Third place Female 55 to 59 Kathy Darnell.<P>
First place Female 55 to 59 Kay Strickland and third place 55 to 59 Annie Downing (neither pictured).
Third place Male 55 to 59 Lewis Smith.
Second place Male 55 to 59 John Graham.
First place Male 55 to 59 John Christodoulides.
Third place Female 60 to 64 Jeanie Hanson.
Second place Female 60 to 64 Nancy Harvey.
First place Female 60 to 64 Rebecca Clark.
First place Male 60 to 64 Marion Childress.
First place Female 65 to 69 Pat Barton.
Second place Male 65 to 69 Frank Hill.<P>
First place Male 65 to 69 Scott Malbon (not pictured).
First place Male 70 and Over James Gray.
We wrapped up our 2012 JCHS 5K Riverside Run & Wellness Walk with a thank you from President Bishop.
As the crowds headed off campus, our medal winners from medical Facilities of America took a moment to pose with Jeff, The Blue Healer!
We hope you were able to join us for this year's JCHS 5K Riverside Run & Wellness Walk. It was loads of fun and we all had a blast.<P>
If you didn't make it this year, please keep an eye out for information about next year's event and come out for some fun on the JCHS campus and in downtown Roanoke!