For the 2010 Bele Chere 5K race, a total of 1,376 runners registered. This number was lower than both last year’s total of over 1,400 runners and the Asheville Track Club‘s 2010 prediction of “over 1,600 runners to toe the line for our 31st race.” (The lower number may have to do with the heat — temps were about 10 degrees hotter at race time this year than last, effecting finishing times. Last year’s winner, Ryan Kirkpatrick of Colorado Springs, completed the course at 14:38, more than a minute faster than this year’s winner.)
According to the Citizen Times, the men’s division was won by “Wallace Campbell, a graduate school student at Clemson. He pulled away from University of Georgia runner Nick Long with about a mile to go and won with a time of 15:54. Long was second in 16:03.” The winning female runner was “Meghan Gilmore, a former standout in soccer and cross country at Roberson High.” She finished in 18:16.
Observing the National Anthem:
At the starting line:
And they’re off!
Crossing the finish line: