IMG_1076Fitness and altruism is turning out to be an excellent mix. The number of runners at charity events in Longview continues to soar at each event. The recent AMBUCS and Longview Running Club half marathon and 5K benefitting disabled children and adults in the area was a great success.

People from neighboring towns of Kilgore, Gilmer and Gladewater showed up for the race. The foremost reason for local attendance was health and fitness, secondly, for a good cause. Friends, families, Longview Biggest Losers, amateur and professional runners; supporters and sponsors beat the chilly morning for the event.

However, some runners came from as far as Houston including Wesley Ruttoh. He took first place in the half marathon. Ruttoh is originally from Kenya. He is a graduate of University of Houston. According to Ruttoh, he is training for the 2015 Olympics. He plans to compete in track and 5K race. Other Houstonians, Collin and Abby Taylor learned of the race while visiting their father Bill, a District Superintendent for the Methodist church. They too, joined their father for the run.

IMG_1102Addison McClanhan had a different reason for running in the race. Her father Al Hairgrove was one of Longview AMBUCS pioneers.

“Since this is an AMBUCS event, we ran in memory of our father,” she said. “I had a blast and I am proud I finished the 5K.”

A total

of five hundred and sixty runners took to the tracks for this fun run.

 by Joycelyne Fadojutimi