There were 466 participants in the 43rd annual Rose City Virtual 5K Walk/Run from Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and Oregon, representing 49 towns and cities.
Each participant received a souvenir T-shirt with the 2020 design on the front and the 2021 design on the back. They each also received a specially designed tote bag and a gift from a previous Rose City Run event.
During spring break, 145 children from the Thomasville YMCA participated in a virtual version of the Rose City One Mile Run with staggered starts at the Butler-Mason YMCA. All participants received participation medals.
Chuck Speight, 75, and his friend, Tom Crine, 78, came to Thomasville from Doraville and Sharpsburg to do their run on the Rose City Run course. Speight has done all 43 Rose City Runs and Crine has done 38. Speight is the only individual who has participated in all 43.
Archbold Medical Center won the Archbold Wellness Trophy for the first time in the 36 years it has sponsored the award. It goes to the Thomas County business or institution that has the highest percentage of employee participation. The City of Thomasville won the Most Improved Award.
Dr. Jim Story, who along with his wife, Carolyn, are co-directors for the Rose City Run events, says he still knows of no other town or city that sponsors walking and running events to promote wellness for its residents. For this, he is very grateful.
The 40th annual Rose City 5K Walk will be on Saturday, April 23. The 44th annual Rose City 10K Run and the 42nd annual Rose City One Mile Run will be on Saturday, April 30.