Heart of Heath 5K Run draws 329 runners

By J.J. Smith. The “Heart of Heath 5K Run/Walk” presented by the City of Heath Special Events Board April 3rd to raise funds for the trails system that will connect public areas, parks and neighborhoods in Heath attracted a record-setting 329 runners.

Final totals of funds raised will not be available until final expenditures are  determined, according to Assistant City Manager Kim Dobbs, but City leaders said they were pleased with the turnout and support.

“The City of Heath appreciates the generous support of the sponsors and prize donors, and thanks the many volunteers and staff for their hard work to make this tradition a fun and safe time for all,” said Heath Mayor John Ratcliffe.

“It is very rewarding to see the event grow as people of all ages in our community take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy exercise and fellowship together,” said Special Events Board chairman Joel Palin.

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Taking first place was Jacob Phillips with a 16.04 time. For the third consecutive year, Kim Stark took first place among all women and was third overall with a time of 17.44.

The Boys 14 and Under category winner was Justin Tokuz, and Girls 14 and Under winner was Rebecca Parsons.

Race sponsors were: American National Bank; Alliance Bank; Bayley/Brooke Communications; Baylor Family Medical Center of Rockwall; Bradley Epstein, CPA; Tim Hartley, Attorney at Law; Heath Salon and Spa; Heath Marketplace & Shell; Horton & Archibald, P.C.; IESI; Liechty & McGinnis, L.L.P.; Med-Tech Construction; Oncor; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-Rockwall; Rehab Management Physical Therapy; Rockwall Cycling; Pacific Pools; and City of Heath.

The following businesses made in-kind donations for race packets and prize drawings: Bahama Bucks; Bella’s House; Black Eyed Pea; Buffalo Creek Golf Club; Buffalo Wild Wings; Burger House; Chick-fil-A; Culvers; Eclipse Fitness; Freedom Chapel; Hacienda Car Wash; Harbor Mail; Heath Salon & Spa; Hilton Bella Harbor; Horizon Auto Center; Juvanew MedSpa; La Madeleine; Lady of America; Milanos; Music Shop; Nail Unique; Pancho and Lefty’s; Presbyterian Hospital-Rockwall; Rockwall County Abstract; Rockwall Running Center; RWL Wishing Well; Shenaniganz; Bob Sturgeon; T.G.I. Friday’s; TrainUp Teen Fitness; Alice Williams-Advocare; and Wal-Mart.

Race Results: Girls 14 & Under

Rebecca Parsons          First Place

Natalie Williams           Second Place

Bailey Hierholzer         Third Place


Kim Stark                         Overall Women’s Winner

Morgan Johnson          Second Place

Shawne Batterbee        Third Place

Women Athena

Madelyn Hill                  First Place

Barbara Davis                Second Place

Cheryl Weaver              Third Place

Boys 14 & Under

Justin Tokuz                   First Place

Christopher Rigler       Second Place

Brett Loeffler                  Third Place


Jacob Phillips                 Overall Winner

Charles Douglas             Second Place

Carlos Zaldivar              Third Place

Men Clydesdale

Dan Crawford                 First Place

Michael Kersey             Second Place

Garner Carey                 Third Place


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