William Woods 5K Promotes Health and Wellness

Runners begin the Woods Way 5K at William Woods University.
Runners begin the Woods Way 5K. Mitch Beck (pink shirt, took first in the men’s division.

Approximately 50 runners lined up Saturday, May 3, to run the William Woods University Fifth Annual Woods Way 5K, presented by The Woods Way Wellness Committee.

First place for males was Mitch Beck of Jefferson City with 18:55. Beck also took first place last year. Andy Coldiron of Fulton came in second with 20:20, and Shawn Hull of Fulton came in third with 22. In addition, Hull, a WWU history professor, earned the traveling trophy for being the first faculty member to finish the race.

Shawn Hull displays the trophy he received as the first faculty member to finish. He also took third in the men’s division.
Shawn Hull displays the trophy he received as the first faculty member to finish. He also took third in the men’s division.

First place for females was Sarah McRae, a WWU student from Lake Worth, Fla., with 26:50. April Mason of Columbia came in second with 27:12, and Karen Pullen of Fulton came in third with 27:22.

The event was for runners and walkers. Participants could choose whether they would like to be timed to fulfill competitive streaks or to simply run at their own pace to enjoy the day. Each year, the event is organized as a family-friendly event, so strollers are permitted.

The event was sponsored by Bluff Street Crossfit, Robert Hoskins American Family Insurance, Fresh Ideas, Health Hunt and Weider Fitness Center.