Sunday, October 9, 2011

Hustle for Hope raises breast cancer awareness

by Lowell Vickers
Oct 09, 2011

The annual Hustle for Hope charity 5K walk brought more than 250 runners and walkers to the streets of Cedartown to raise money for breast cancer research and awareness programs.

Jordan Hubbard, 23, of Cedartown, was the first-place finisher among all male participants, winning the 5K with a time of 19 minutes, 50 seconds. He also was overall winner.

Liz Clark, 23, of Rockmart, was the first-place female runner with a time of 23 minutes, 5 seconds.

The event drew participants of all ages, who paid $25 (early registration) or $30 (late registrants) to take part.

Last year's event raised more than $10,000 after all T-shirt sales, race entry fees and related fund-raising efforts were tallied.

One of the organizers, Heather Ball, said last year's inauguaral event had 188 participants for the 5K. There were 245 runners confirmed Friday and several more late registrants Saturday before the race, so the event was well on track to surpass last year's fund-raising total, Ball said.

At 8:30 a.m., a ribbon was cut to open the race north up Main Street. Runners turned left in front of the courthouse to College Street, then headed north to Lakeside Drive through slower, quieter residential streets.

Runners came back out on North Main Street at the location of the former Enmark gas station (now closed. Runners then continued south back to the downtown area.

Cedartown Police blocked off streets as necessary and helped direct traffic during the race. Cedartown High School students in the Future Business Leaders of America club helped direct runners by standing at street corners with directional signs.

Most streets reopened to traffic after the race, but part of the downtown area remained blocked off until around 11 a.m.

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