The Blizzard Run held this past Saturday, July 23, 2022, raised $3100 for the Children's Miracle Treat Day that is hosted today, July 28, at Glennville DQ. Participants, numbering 75, ranged in age from 6 years of age (Ethan Knights) to 76 (Carolyn Edwards).
Angel Valentin, age 31, took the top honors in the 5K (3.1 mile run) with an excellent time of 17:26.7, topping out the top times of the last several years. He was followed by Jayden Grimes, age 16, with a time of 19:56.2, and then third place by Roberto Bonilla, age 48, with his time of 20.00.1.
For the females in the 5K, Abigail Brown, age 38, placed first with her time of 27:15.4 (and she placed second in last year's Blizzard Run). She was followed by Jane Causey, age 63, with a time of 28:05.4 (and who placed third in last year's run). Coming in third place was Estefania Nieves, age 34, with her time of 28:17.4.
In the one-mile run, Jayden Grimes placed first with a phenomenal time of 5:55.3. (This 16-year-old followed that with the second place win in the 5K.) Second place in the one-mile run was earned by Brett Holland, age 33, with his time of 7:45.5. Ethan Knights, at just six years of age, placed third with a time of 8:59.5.
Top female in the one-mile run was Jessica Knights, age 32, with her time of 9:00.5. Placing second was Veronica Perez, age 51, with her time of 10:40.8. Amanda Graham, age 34, placed third, coming in at 10:43.1.
The Blizzard Run has become an annual fundraiser that leads up to the Glennville DQ Miracle Treat Day, and its contribution in funds this year of $3100 will go toward the goal of $22,022. These funds come from the registration fees of the runners and the supportive financial sponsors, who include the following: Miracle Level ($300)-Armstrong's Cricket Farm, Tattnall Trio, and the Malek Family; Bleed Purple Level ($250)-Greater Tattnall Chamber of Commerce and South Georgia Bank; Running Man Level ($200)-Dixon Electrical Services, GB Bank Group, Donald and Mary Fountain, State Farm Agent Caughey Hearn, and Tattnall County Magazine.
"We appreciate the local response from our local as well as out-of-town runners, and we appreciate their participation and that of our sponsors, which raised funds for a great cause, the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. The real winners here 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.