Annual run sees record numbers

The Rainsville City Council on Monday heard from Rainsville Freedom Run Coordinator Jerry Clifton about the results and impact of the Rainsville Freedom Run 5K and 10K race on Saturday.

Clifton said 980 runners registered, representing five countries and 15 states and was the largest event since its inception 11 years ago.

Because of the record number of runners and donations, the Rainsville Freedom Run was able to give away $10,000 in door prizes to participants and $25,000 to various charities.

“We gave a lot of money out in prize money and to charity, which was the main thing,” he said. “We actually added a couple of charities. So, we were also able to give a scholarship to the Distinguished Young Women [of DeKalb County] and then we gave some money to Feed My Starving Children.”

The event was also able to provide funds for The Summit, Running for Uganda, Turning Point Pregnancy Center, care packages for our troops, Running for Joy, Kids Bolt and the DeKalb County Animal Adoption Center.

Clifton said the response from the community was immense and people were still bringing door prizes and donations to Broadway Baptist Church the night before the race.

The runners were made up of a variety of elite, sponsored runners and members of the community, he said.

“One of the girls that ran, she finished fifth in all, she’s from Mexico and she actually ran in the Olympics in 2016,” Clifton said. “We had many Olympic runners that were here, and we had runners that are training for the Olympics. So, a lot of speed and a lot of different folks.”

Clifton said many runners that traveled to be there expressed their appreciation for the organization of the race and friendly volunteers and community.

“We could not have done that without the help of all of you, the city, the community, it was unbelievable,” he said.

Preparations for next year’s event will begin after Christmas, and Clifton said the race committee plans to “make 2020 an even bigger one.”

The council also:

• approved the city engineer to proceed with the bidding process for the resurfacing project on 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Avenue SW, Oak Drive, Harrison Street and Massingill Drive.

• approved to bid out a new vehicle for the police department to replace a damaged vehicle. The city is in search of a white Ford Explorer between 2014 and 2017, with no more than 35,000 miles. Further specifications can be found by contacting city hall at 256-638-6331. Sealed bids will be opened June 26 at 12 p.m.

• approved to pay the monthly bills.

The next meeting will be held in the council chambers on July 1 with the workshop beginning at 4:15 p.m. and the meeting at 5 p.m.

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