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Virtual 5K results announced

Update | Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The annual Cougar 5K Challenge took a detour to the virtual world during the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the challenges of holding the 5K as an individual run or walk, the event still raised nearly $14,000 to fund book scholarships for students. Within the total raised, $4,760 came from the generosity of individual donations over and above registration fees.

By the numbers:

  • Six teams
  • 218 registrants
  • 153 runners submitted results

A single team swept all three prize categories:
1. Largest team: Cougars Taking Care of Business – 36 people (Prize: Trophy)

2. The team that raised the most money in donations: Cougars Taking Care of Business with $1095 donated (Prize: breakfast with the president)

3. The team that had the most members submitting final times: Cougars Taking Care of Business – 24 members (Prize: gift bags)

The six teams included:
Aletha Shipley and Beth Bates: Cougars Taking Care of Business. (36 members, $1095 donations)

Sean Asbury and Jeff Dodge: Cougar Proud (30 members, $385 donations)

Curt Laird and Vincent Cocozza: Wellness Warriors (15 members, $1035 Donations)

Terrence Brooks: Spirited Sprinters (22 members, $525 donations)

Rebecca Butler and Shawn McClory: Run for the Books (22 members, $280 donations)

Brian Seely, Marcia Holleman, and Averee Fields: Cirque da Sore Legs (20 members, $220 donations)

Donations can still be made on the website at this link until end of 2020.

Swag Bags: Registered participants will be contacted about swag bag pick-up.

Final results for the event are at this link.

Sponsors: Legacy Maintenance Services, Paul Davis, and the Columbus State Bookstore. 

a picture of Aletha Shipley, this year's team captain of the winning 5K team, receiving the trophy from Sean Asbury, last year's captain of the winning team. (Pictured: Left, Aletha Shipley holds the trophy for her team, Cougars Taking Care of Business. The trophy is earned by the team with the most members. Pictured right: Last year’s winning team captain, Sean Asbury, on the right, hands-off the trophy to Aletha Shipley, this year’s winning team captain.) 

Cougars Taking Care of Business team members:   

Carla Reed

Leroy Golden

Cashay Golden

Sherita Golden

Jan Ellis

Karen Riley

Lori Gage

Lilly Gage

Patricia Huston

Beth Bates

Kelly Weir

James Thornton

Tracy Thornton

Patty Gabrenya

Ben Kalb

Josh Wickham

Vickie Hunter

Terri Gehr

Keith Agler

Karen Miller

Pete Hackman

Aletha Shipley

Virginia Bistriceanu

Chloe Faure

Chris Emswiler

Rachel Ellis

Carter Brady

Val Corley

Brad Farmer

Ryan Hawthorne

Kristen Ellis

Vern Ellis

Michele Denune

Debbie Smith

Tanner Riley

Michele Willoughby

Jenelle See

Steve Dackin

Adrienne Baker

Annetta Keller

Doug Ulman

Stacey Mulinex

Tina Davis

Tonya Anderson-Russell


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