Letter: A very wet Fodderstack didn’t dampen spirits

Jennings Hobson, left, and his daughter Berkeley (who finished earlier but turned back to escort her father in) arrived at the finish the way most everyone did Saturday: soaked, but satisfied. Photo by Steve Eastham.

Rappahannock County is blessed to have such fantastically devoted volunteers to come out on a day that was not only rainy but rather chilly. Some stood outside under small tents with the rain and wind blowing in their faces to record scores, tear off race tags, give out T-shirts and pass out water, bananas and granola bars to those 223 brave souls!

Of the 185 who pre-registered for the 33rd Fodderstack 10K, 142 still came to run or walk the route, knowing it was going to be a rainy day! That’s dedication. The 81 who arrived Saturday morning in the pouring rain and registered to participate — that’s phenomenal! Obviously those who are serious about walking and running don’t let a steady rain (and at times a downpour) dissuade them from going for it!

Lily Strange and Alex Ramey are repeat winners for the coveted Eva Smith Memorial Award, which is given to the first female and male Rappahannock resident who cross the finish line.

Lily Strange and Alex Ramey were repeat winners of the Eva Smith Memorial Award. Photo by Steve Eastham.

The Culbertson family (Christopher, Holly, Connor and Skylar) from Amissville won the Ike and Quita Parris Family Award presented to them by members of the Parrish family — Chris, Carol and Merrill. The Culbertson family has been participating since 2005. One year Skylar crossed the finish line in a stroller. This year both Skylar, 8, and Connor, 11, placed in their age category.

It was great to see so many Rappahannock residents participating in the race this year — 76 registered but some did not compete or finish because of the weather.

A special thanks to Wendy Weinberg, owner of The Theatre, who so graciously allowed all those wet bodies to use the theatre.

Jean Lillard
Flint Hill

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