Saturday was perfect day for benefit race

Girl Scout Daisy Troop 679 from St. Mark United Methodist Church provided cups of water for runners in Saturday's Forrest Ray 5K, one of several races in the Sumter Series.
Girl Scout Daisy Troop 679 from St. Mark United Methodist Church provided cups of water for runners in Saturday's Forrest Ray 5K, one of several races in the Sumter Series.
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"Saturday was beautiful for a walk or run through the Sumter historical district," said Robert Harden, executive director of Sumter County Library. "And it was good to raise funds to purchase new books for the library."

The Forrest Ray 5K is one of eight annual races in the Sumter Series, sponsored by the YMCA to emphasize healthy activities and the community. It always benefits Sumter County Library.

While the race includes both runners and walkers and even people with strollers or pets, there is competition among some of the participants. Harden said the overall winners were Colin Barth for the males with a time of 18 minutes, 42 seconds, and Margaret Kelly for the females at 21 minutes and 58 seconds.

The highly competitive race for ownership of the FAR Traveling Trophy, awarded to the high school that had the student with fastest time, was claimed by Layton Creech of Wilson Hall. His win means that Wilson Hall will continue to display the trophy at least until next year's Forrest Ray 5K, Harden said.

Wilson Hall has won the trophy for all but one of the competitions, he said, adding, "Wilson Hall seems to have a lock on it."

Team Purple Blaze, a group of Anytime Fitness employees, walked their dogs along the route, and Girl Scouts from St. Mark's United Methodist Church Daisy Troop 679 passed out water to racers, making sure everyone was hydrated.

Harden noted that the next fundraiser for the library will be the Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale to be held at the library, 111 S. Harvin St., Nov. 2 through 12. For more information, call (803) 773-7273.