The accolades flowed for Sarah Hampton, the president of the Greensboro Running Club.
"This individual always has a smile," Junction 311 Endurance Sports' Arlene Barbosa said in introducing the recipient of the Omega Sports Race Series' Will Caviness Award on Wednesday night. "Always found a way to bring community together. One word that sticks out to me is endurance: This individual has it. Challenges the beginner to the advanced, runner or walker."
The award was created in 2011, and it recognizes runners who help or inspire others in the community. Caviness, a husband to Jenny, father to Caroline and Jack and a Greensboro Fire Department captain, died after collapsing near the end of the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 9, 2011. He ran the race while raising money for the International Association of Fire Fighters' burn foundation.
"Supports and grows the community in so many ways, with a smile," Barbosa continued. "And engages in such a positive way that within a few minutes, you just feel like this person is your best friend."
The presentation was part of an awards evening in which the series' women's and men's champions, Kristen Bowles and Wil Zahorodny, were honored along with the second- and third-place finishers and the top threes in age groups.
"I don't deserve this," Hampton said. "You all keep me running. If it wasn't for everyone of you, I wouldn't be here."
The series' top three overall finishers and the age-group champions:
1. Kristen Bowles, Greensboro
2. Reba Slivka, Jamestown
3. Robin McCloskey, Browns Summit
1. Wil Zahorodny, High Point
2. Justin Sink, Lexington
3. Bryan Dingle, Greensboro
25-29: Sheri Kindel, Greensboro
30-34: Kristen Bowles, Greensboro
35-39: Reba Slivka, Jamestown
45-49: Andrea Pollina, Greensboro
50-54: Robin McCloskey, Browns Summit
55-59: Rebecca Carter, Jamestown
60-64: Linda Mason, Kernersville
65-69: Martha Hamblin, Mebane
75 and older: Angela Staab, Reidsville
14 and younger: Blake Fink, Eden
20-24: Andrew Brazeau, Browns Summit
30-34: Wil Zahorodny, High Point
35-39: Morgan Burnette, Greensboro
40-44: Justin Sink, Lexington
45-49: Pete Farneti, Greensboro
50-54: Greg Bunting, Greensboro
55-59: Terry Eddinger, Winston-Salem
60-64: Bruce Kirch, Winston-Salem
65-69: Bill Sutton, Greensboro
70-74: Nick Burrows, Greensboro
75 and older: Frank Smith, Greensboro
2022 Omega Sports Race Series schedule
The series also has announced its schedule for 2022. A listing of the events, and you can click on Running Shorts' Race Days calendar below to find more information or to sign up.
March 5: Waggin' Wild 5K, Greensboro
March 26: PTI Run on the Runway 5K and 10K, Greensboro
April 2: Craft Half Marathon and 5K, Winston-Salem
April 30: Triad Brewsfest Half Marathon and 5K, High Point
May 7: May the Course Be With You 5K, Greensboro
July 2, 3 or 4: Fun Fourth Festival Freedom Run 10K and 5K, Greensboro
Sept. 17: Moonlight Madness 5K, Winston-Salem
Oct. 1: Women's Only 5K Walk & Run, Greensboro
Oct. 15: Hit the Brixx 10K and 5K, Greensboro
Oct. 21-22: Cannonball Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K, Greensboro
Nov. 12: Zero Prostate 5K, Greensboro
Dec. 17: Jingle Jog 5K, Winston-Salem
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