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DQ Blizzard Run raises over $5,000 for Miracle Treat Day
Miracle Treat Day was Thursday at Glennville DQ; goal was $20,023

The Glennville Dairy Queen Blizzard Run held this past Saturday, July 22, 2023, raised $5,077 for the Children’s Miracle Treat Day that is hosted today, July 27, at Glennville DQ. Participants numbered 101 in the runs, ranging from age 7 (Ethan Knights and Mack Sanders) to 77 (Chuck Speight).

Angel Valentin, age 32, took the top honors in the 5K (3.1 mile run) with a time of 17:11.5, beating his last year’s first place time of 17:26.7. He was followed by Juan Luna, age 14, with a time of 18:39. Third place overall and first female overall was won by 30-year-old Kristen Nicolas, with her time of 20:34.

Following Nicolas for the females was 15-year-old Macey Higgason with a time of 22:10.2, followed by 35-year-old Leyla Kosakowski, time of 23:09.5.

In the one-mile run, Eli Debevec, age 15, won with his time of 9:53.1. Second place finisher went to Owen Foster, also age 15, with a time of 10:04.2.  John Ordonez, 21, of Glennville was third a few seconds later with his time of 10:18.1.

For the females in the one-mile, 59-year-old Pamela Howe took first place honors, with her time of 12:48.7. Jessica Knights, age 33, came in second with her time of 13:08.8, followed by 57-year-old Susan Kennedy, time of 14:09.7.

In addition to these runners, special thanks are extended to the sponsors, who boosted the amount raised from last year’s $3100 to this year’s $5077.  These sponsors are as follows:

Miracle Level ($300)-Armstrong’s Cricket Farm, Jailbreak Bonding, Donald Fountain family, Tattnall Trio

Bleed Purple Level ($200)-McLeod Properties, JB Painting, Tattnall County Magazine

Running Man Level ($200)-South Georgia Bank, Rusty Pig Restaurant, GB Bank Group

“We appreciate the local response from our runners as well as those who participated who live elsewhere.  Your participation and that of our sponsors all helped raised funds for a great cause, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The true winners are the children, since these funds will be used for their medical treatment,” said Zuber Malek of Tattnall Trio (Glennville and Reidsville DQ and Marco’s Pizza and Anytime Fitness-Glennville).

Special thanks are extended to the Glennville Police Department for traffic control and to Sean and Susana McCormick of South Georgia Recoil for providing refreshments.