Summer doesn't officially end for another month, but the Treutlen House in New Ebenezer, perhaps in an effort to usher in some cooler weather, got a jump on the calendar by holding the Summer's End 5K Trail Run Aug. 16.
Although the race ultimately did not bring in a cold front, it did raise some money for a worthy cause. And that's cool.
The course went through the woods, down to the Savannah River and past historic sites at the New Ebenezer Family Retreat Center. The event featured a post race party and awards presented to the top overall and age group finishers.
Richard Grue, 25, paced the field of 109 runners with a time of 19:18, averaging 6:14 miles. That was some three and half minutes faster than runner up Brandon Phillips, 41, who finished in 22:50. Placing third overall was Pracilla Cartwright, 16, who ran a 23:03.
Marina VanSickle, 15, took first overall among the women (not counting Cartwright) in a time of 25:13. Meghan Harris, 25, placed second in 25:55, and Christine Powell, 29, took third in 29:46.
Randy Smith, 54, won the men's masters division and placed fourth overall in a time of 23:31. Brigid Nesmith, 40, finished first among the female masters in 34:58.
At the other end of the age spectrum was Alayna Arthur, 7, who ran a 38:06 and finished in 63rd place. She was one of eight runners 12 and under competing in the race.
Powell, the marketing director for Fleet Feet Savannah, says the course trails are beautiful and there are some hills that surprised and excited her. She refers to her age group award as a "shocker,"adding that her complimentary carriage ride for four in Historic Savannah made it even better. "It doesn't get much better than that," she says.provided
The run, in its second year, benefits the Treutlen House, a 12-bed facility offering a home for foster care boys who have been estranged from their families due to neglect, abuse and/or abandonment.
Specificially, the funds will go to the Treutlen 12 campaign, which asks people in the local community to make weekly/monthly donations of $1/$12 to purchase food, clothing and uniforms for the boys and to help finance school activities and special outings.
A special fund to help the young residents pay for sports activities has been established in memory of Logan Shelton, an Effingham County High School baseball player who died in a car accident in 2011.