Fairview Half Marathon and 5K Deliver a Howling Good Time
Despite howling 40-mph wind and wind chills in the low 30s, six hundred intrepid runners participated in the sixth annual Fairview Half Marathon and 5K Race on Saturday, April 14, 2018. Fairview Town Hall served as the venue for both the start and finish lines and also provided hundreds of runners with precious pre-race warm shelter from the harsh weather conditions.
The event offers some unique elements such as free childcare thanks to the Goddard School of Allen, post race massages, highly decorative winner’s medals and of course, free snacks and water for competitors.
Three different races are featured each year including a one-mile kids’ run, the most popular race, a 5K run, and a 13.1-mile half-marathon. Runners of all ages and skill levels braved the harsh weather conditions and there were lots of smiles and enthusiasm on display all-around.
The winners of the 5K-Race: were Luis Ramirez, 33, of Little Elm who raced for the first time last year and completed this year’s race in 21.46 minutes for a 6:58/mile pace and Marissa Pekarek, 24, of Fairview, an accomplished high school and collegiate runner having set numerous race records while attending Lovejoy High School and now the University of Texas in Austin. Pekarek finished in 22:23 minutes at a pace of 7:12/mile.
The winners of the half-Marathon were Jaime Cortez from Athens, Texas, finishing in 1:26:44 at a pace of 6:37/mile and Cindi Jorgenson, 47, of McKinney in 2:49:20 at a 12:55/mile pace.
Race Director Libby Jones, whose company Active Joe, manages eight different North Texas races each year, including two in Fairview, was pleased with this year’s turn-out despite the weather conditions. Jones shared that $5,000 has been earmarked as a contribution to several local charitable organizations from the Fairview event. In the last six years Active Joe has contributed $135,000 to various charities throughout North Texas.