Ten and Five Mile Challenge Index

Eric and Lisa Johnson closed out their two year tenure as race directors in 2014 as they prepared for the birth of their first child. Reid Vannoy debuted, with much help from wife Linda, as race director of this event in 2010. For safety reasons, he moved the location of the race from Killearn Lakes to Ox Bottom Manor. The start is at Hawks Rise Elementary School, but the new course certainly preserved the “Challenge” in the race with a few hills that will sap runners’ stregnth. The 5-mile race gives runners not wanting to go 10 miles an option.

Eric and Lisa took over the race when Reid was diagnosed with ALS, a disease that took Reid’s life in May of 2013. Vicky Verano and Ana Sutherland are taking over and already the sister are planning next year’s race. The race began as a 20K in 1977 under the direction of Leitch Wright and became a 10-miler in 1988.