BIG Thank you to everyone who came out to participate in the Whiskey Run 5K in Martin City!
The day began with the Whiskey Run 5K race in front of KC Running Company at 8:30 a.m, with runners warming up as early as 7:15am. We had over 650 runners this year… so many that it took almost two minutes to get them all out of the starting gate!
Congratulations to the Top Male/ Female Runners:
TOP OVERALL MALE: Jeremy Hammer (17:16.6)
TOP OVERALL FEMALE: Shanna Bird (21:38.3)
MALE MASTERS WINNER: Chris Henry (19:13.5)
FEMALE MASTERS WINNER: Ann Ogile (22:10.2)
If you haven’t heard of Derek Mitchell , he’s a local runner who started running one 5K a month in 2015 to work towards a healthier life. Over five years ago, Derek was diagnosed with a prolactinoma, which is a benign tumor on his pituitary gland that blocks testosterone production and secretes prolactin, which largely contributed to his weight gain. He now takes medication to help shrink the tumor, and as a result, his prolactin levels are starting to normalize. He has also started testosterone replacement therapy.
Weighing in around 625 lbs, at age 34, Derek decided to make a life change and lose weight. He started making healthier food choices but realized food alone will not do the trick, so he started walking. In an effort to give himself a goal in his walking, he completed one 5K a month in 2015, and now has the goal of completing 30 5K’s in 2016!
We are so honored you chose the Whiskey Run 5K as one of your races, Derek! Good luck and we hope to see you again next year!
Kids Fun Run
The 5K race was followed by a fun run of 50-200 yards for kids ages 8 and under.
All the race participants received a free post-race brunch from RC’s Restaurant in the event tent across from RC’s to accommodate the increase in registered runners this year. Chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage…. AND athletes. Definitely a breakfast for champions. The Whiskey Run race winners received their awards during breakfast.
A BIG Thank you to our race sponsors for making the 5K Whiskey Run possible!
City of Kansas City Neighborhood and Tourism Development Funds
Jameson Irish Whiskey
KC Running Company
Martin City Brewing Company
Martin City Community Improvement District
CLICK HERE to view all the photos from the 2016 Whiskey Run 5K race.
CLICK HERE to view all race results.