KANNAPOLIS, NC (WBTV) - Tuesday evening, the City of Kannapolis and Atrium honored the 2018 Run Kannapolis and Loop the Loop Challenge participants during a special ceremony.
This year 33 people completed all eight of the 5K Run Kannapolis events. Approximately 150 people participated in this year’s Loop the Loop Challenge. They walked, biked, swam or ran 21,000 miles.
Congratulations to the following people who completed all eight 5Ks! We officially call them the beasts because of this amazing accomplishment. They are:
Juan Pablo Marquez
Over 100 people completed at least five of the runs qualifying them to receive commemorative Run Kannapolis medals and prizes during the ceremony. A total of 1,100 people ran at least one of the races.
This was the second year for the Loop the Loop Challenge. Loop the Loop is a series of loops around downtown Kannapolis and Kannapolis School facilities that people can walk, bike or run. People were asked to complete at least 150 miles in 2018 to qualify for prizes.150 people participated in the program and 35 people exceeded the 150-mile minimum.
There were five people who looped more than 1,000 miles. Russ Hoyser completed an incredible 2,793 miles and finished in first place. Sylvia Anderson finished with 2,480 miles; Thomas Barnhardt finished third with 1,432 miles, David Rowland was fourth with 1,102 miles, and Ken Webb was fifth with 1,001 miles.
“We continue to be amazed by the number of people who are participating in these programs,” said Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant. “We hear so many great stories on how the programs help them to get to know more people in the community, spend quality time with their families, lose weight and have better health. This is a great way for us to have a better community: physically, mentally and socially. We hope you and your family will participate this year.”
Kannapolis launched both programs as part of the City’s Discover a Healthy Life brand.
The City has added more loops this year in partnership with the Cabarrus Health Alliance.