Red Bank, SC (Paul Kirby) – This year, The Lexington Ledger is throwing down the gauntlet, and challenging all Lexington County K-12 student runners to see who can win the annual Patriot Run 5-K with the fastest time. Paul Kirby, the editor of The Ledger announced Tuesday that the K-12 student athlete with the fastest time, would take home the first annual Ledger Fleet of Foot plaque, and a prize of $50!
The White Knoll Patriot’s run is an annual 5-K run and walk. All proceeds benefit scholarships that are awarded to White Knoll High School senior students. “The problem is,” Kirby said, “The fastest times have always been turned in by student’s who were runners from White Knoll High.” He went on to say that he believed that there had to be other young runners out there across the county that would be able to give the WKHS kids some real competition.
As an incentive to challenge students from other schools across the county, Kirby and the board of the White Knoll Business Coalition, have developed the Fleet of Foot award. This custom plaque will be awarded to the fastest K-12 student runner currently enrolled in a Lexington County School each year. Additionally, there will be three monetary awards given as well. The first-place, fastest runner will receive $50, the student runner with the second fastest time will receive $25, and the third-place fastest student runner will receive $10. This contest will take place each year.
Kirby also said that all three of the winners will be featured in the Lexington Ledger. The first-place winner will have a detailed write up, and that story will run on the Happening Now, or front page of the site as well as on the SPORTS page. All three of the winner’s photos will be added to the top of the SPORTS page where they will stay for at least a month.
There is still time to register to run in this race. Simply go to https://www.runhard.org/pages/race-patriot.php to sign up for the race.