Area Runners Hit the Trails for Veterans

More than 200 runners took to the trails Sunday for the Loudoun Road Runners 10K Trail Run at Camp Highroad near Middleburg.

The annual race, held since 2012 on the weekend before Veterans Day, is a fundraising event for Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness located in Bluemont.

The Loudoun 10K Trail Race started in 2012.  This year the race brought in more than $51,000 the retreat, race director and founder Jim Schatz said. “We’re raising money for a great cause, and the people who respond know that.”

Tom Simonds, of the Loudoun Road Runners, left, and Ken Falke, Chairman and Founder of Boulder Crest Retreat, were on hand to encourage runners during Sunday’s event.
Tom Simonds, of the Loudoun Road Runners, left, and Ken Falke, Chairman and Founder of Boulder Crest Retreat, were on hand to encourage runners during Sunday’s event.

Ken Falke, chairman and founder of Boulder Crest, was at the event on Sunday to lend encouragement to the runners. “Since it started, the race has contributed over $100,000 to Boulder Crest,” he said. “Fundraising for us is challenging. And community support from groups like the Road Runners help as we try to build our wellness programs at Boulder Crest.”

Last years’ winner, Nathan Dawes, was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 43:29:0. Rachel Lewis was the first female finisher with a time of 48:31:1.  Gary Kipling, 73, was the oldest finisher in the race with a time of 57:21:4 and Luke Johnson, 9, the youngest finisher, managed the course in just under an hour at 58:23:3.

Heckler & Koch, a defense manufacturer was the largest contributor to the event and more than 40 community volunteers helped with logistics at the site, Schatz said. Plans are already underway for next year’s race to be held on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017.

For more information about the Loudoun Road Runners, go to loudounroadrunners.org.  For information about Boulder Crest Retreat, go to bouldercrestretreat.org.

 

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