Hundreds of runners started the New Year on the right foot. Nearly 350 people took off from the starting line on Wesley Chapel Road in Free Union for the Charlottesville Track Club's New Year's Day 5K.
Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Central Virginia. The race started at 11:00 a.m., a little later in the morning than most 5Ks, to give runners time to recover from ringing in the New Year.
“Great way to start the year! It's the perfect way to start the year with a healthy habit. Everybody makes their resolutions, and a lot of the people who run this are year-round runners anyway. It's just a great way to start your year!” said Debra Gilbert, president of the Charlottesville Track Club.
Runners also donated food to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
The overall winner, Tyler Stutzman from Charlottesville, finished the 3.1-mile course in 15 minutes and 14 seconds. Second place was Henry Giles and third place was Brian Kayser. Among the women competing, Ann Mazur came in first, Madison Hunter came in second, and Kendall Tata came in third.