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Parent-to-Parent race raises $3,000 for local families

BOONE—The Charles R. Duke Race for Families held Oct. 27 at the Boone Greenway raised $3,000 for local families.

The run/walk and roll event was a fundraiser benefitting Parent to Parent Family Support Network-High Country, a program that supports families who have children with special needs.

View larger imageRay Russell of Boone won the 10K portion of the Charles R. Duke Race for Families held Oct. 27. Russell’s time was 46:01.View larger imageA total of 72 runners participated in a 5K race benefitting the Parent to Parent Family Support Network-High Country. The fundraiser, which included a 10K and fun run, walk and roll, was held at the Boone Greenway.

Parent to Parent began 25 years ago, with support from Appalachian State University’s Reich College of Education, the Children’s Developmental Services Agency and the Family Support Network of North Carolina, and now serves families in seven counties in the High Country.

Parent to Parent secured U.S.A. Track and Field certification of the 10K course, and 19 runners participated in the town’s first certified 10K event. Boone’s Ray Russell won the event with a finish time of 46:01. Jack Kwong of Boone and Brad Johnson of Boone finished second and third overall. The top three female 10K runners were Christin Smith of Boone with a time of 49:19. Rebekah Saylors of Boone and Wendy Frye of Maiden came in second and third.

The 5K had 72 participants and was won by Brady Pearce of Boone, with a time of 20:19, followed by Robert McMahan of Bakersville and Jonathan Thacker of Bakersville. Lisa Freeman of Boone was the top female 5K runner with a time of 24:05, followed by Natalie Tresslar of Kannapolis and Olivia Thompson of Mooresville in second and third. The youngest participant was 5-year-old Alex Powell.

Additionally, the event included a one-mile fun walk/roll, kids activities, a costume contest for humans and dogs and lots of prizes. The event had participants ranging in age from infants to grandparents age 78 and drew participants from as far away as Chapel Hill.

The event’s success was in large part thanks to support from Appalachian State University, including Dr. Charles Duke, dean of the Reich College of Education, and the greater High Country community.

Thanks go to the event’s Gold Sponsors: the Reich College of Education, University Bookstore, Boone Ford/Lincoln, Earth Fare, Ray’s Weather, Troy’s 105 Diner, Highlands Association for Child Development and Advocacy, Knarly Pink Narwhals, P N’R, Scholars with Diverse Abilities and the Student Council for Exceptional Children.

Silver Sponsors: Barbara Kinsey, Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, Coe Realty, Little Caesars, Mack Brown Inc., Road ID and Thunderdome.

Bronze Sponsors: Bandana’s BBQ and Grill, High Country Honda, 21TEN and to the many other supporters: Anna Banana’s Fine Consignments & More, Bald Guy Brew, Black Bear Books, Boone Bowling Center, Clark Tire & Auto Inc., Come Back Shack, Dos Amigos, Espresso News, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Galileo’s, Harris Teeter Ingles, Jimmy John’s, Kaitlyn Porter, Lowes Food, Makato Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar, Marble Slab Creamery, Melanie’s Food Fantasy, Mint Cuisine of India, Modern Toyota/Scion, Oh La La Cupcakes, Our Daily Bread, Panera Bread, Pepper’s Restaurant, Pet Supplies Plus, Stick Boy Bread Co. and Which Wich.

Special thanks go to the event emcee Page Sauder, Coach John Weaver, Sruthi Abraham, Norma Bouchard, Bencita and Jeff Brooks, Janea Brown, John Doherty, James Duffy, Brittany Fowler, Allie Funk, Michael Gray, Megan Hayes, Lisa Hypes, Helen Keber, Mike Kitchell, Rose Matuszny, Leela Sharon Nadimidoddi, Stephanie Naoum, Alice Naylor, Bonnie Norris, Whitney Parker, Jenna Rooney, Hanna Smith, Tripp Taylor, Jessica Thackery, Cody Treece, Amy Vue and the members of Appalachian State University’s first year seminar class UCO-1200-175, who gained service-project experience by helping to organize the event and worked as on-site volunteers.

For more information about Parent to Parent or to see the complete list of runners and finish times, visit or call 828-262-6089.