On a good weather day over 1,300 runners, walkers and volunteers turned out for the 15th Anniversary Edition of Run the River 5K/10K. Most everything went according to plan including parking for a change. We didn't even have much of a back-up as runners left the post-race party thanks to our parking crew and Roswell PD.We had 2 new course records set this year, both in the 10K. Dan Cole (48) of Johns Creek set a new 10K master record with a time of 35:52, and Mary Tollett (40) also from Johns Creek, broke the 10K Female Master record with a time of 41:23. Congratulations to you both. The LeBlanc siblings returned this year and were the first M/F to cross the finish line. Benjamin (15) also won the 10K in 2014 and was 3rd last year. His sister, Bethany (18), 9th overall, won in 2015 too. Bethany shaved almost 3 minutes off her time. Quite a showing and hope to see them in the future.

In the 5K, Brian Sydow (42) returned to defend his 2015 win and he did, and improved his time (16:49) by 30 sec. That's a 5:25 pace and this man qualifies as a master runner. Excellent showing Brian!!

A special shout-out to our 2 80+ participants - Roger Wiley and Troy Holman. Glad you were with us and hope see you both again next year.

Thanks to all our sponsors for supporting us again this year. A special thanks to the City of Roswell - Special Events Dept., Police & Fire Depts., Parks Dept., and RDOT for providing assistance and resources to make the event safe and enjoyable.

See you all in 2017 on April 22 when we will once again Run the River so that Homestretch can continue its mission of helping homeless families get back on course.

HOMELESSNESS IN NORTH FULTON COUNTY

  • 44% of all Americans are only one paycheck away from homelessness.
  • Over 15% of the Fulton County population is living below the poverty line.
  • During this year, approximately 3,250 families with dependent children will be homeless in Fulton County. Of these families, 812 are located in the North Fulton community.
  • Only 6% of the North Fulton population is aware that homelessness exists in the North Fulton area.
  • The median household income in the North Fulton area is $103,190 (vs. the national average of $61,579). In comparison, the typical household income of North Fulton low-income families is approximately $21,000.
  • Minimum wage workers must work 109 hours per week to afford an average 2 bedroom apartment in the Metro Atlanta area.

Little homeless assistance programs exist in the North Fulton community. Currently, HomeStretch is the only agency in the area that not only addresses homelessness through supportive transitional housing and an educational programs, but also serves families headed by two-parents, single-dads and single-moms. Most homeless shelters are located in downtown Atlanta and do not provide long-term, comprehensive programs to reverse the homeless cycle.

There is a shortage of affordable housing in North Fulton for working families with low incomes placing them at risk of homelessness. The average household income in North Fulton is $103,190 (vs. the national average of $61,579). The typical income of low-income families in North Fulton ranges from $18,000-$24,000. According to the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, these lower income earners must work 109 hours per week to afford an average 2-bedroom apartment in the north metro Atlanta area. HomeStretch provides transitional housing and an individualized support program that help working, homeless families regain stability and return to sustainable permanent housing.

COURSE RECORDS        
  5K      10K  
Overall Male 2012 Nathan Hoskins (25) 15:03 2005 John Stoehr (20) 33:38
Overall Female 2012 Christy Beckman (35) 17:44 2008 Allison Dublinski (24) 37:57
             
Master Male 2011 Michael Strickland (44) 15:59 2016 Dan Cole (48) 35:52
Master Female 2012 Nancy Stewart (56) 19:08 2016 Mary Tollett (40) 41:23
   
OTHER NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
2 Time Winner Benjamin LeBlanc, at age 13,  won the 10K in 2014 (35:25) and in 2016, at age 15, won again (35:41)
2 Time Winner Bethany LeBlanc (18) won the 10K overall in 2015 (42:30) and again in 2016 while drastically improving her time (39:40)
2 Time Winner Tracey Rossi was the 1st 10K Female in 2011(20:06) and in 2016 the 1st 10K Female Master with an improved time of 19:48.
4 Time Winner Christina Evans was the 1st 5K Female in 2008 (19:31) and the 10K Master Winner in 2011, 2012, 2014. She held the Master 10K course record (42:07) from 2012 - 2016.
2 Time Winner Brian Sydow (42) won the 5K in 2015 (17:48) and again in 2016 with an improved time of 16:49
2 Time Winner Timothy Newberg was the 5K Master winner in 2012 (18:01) and again in 2015 (18:03)
2 Time Winner Tammi D'Elana was the 5K Female Master winner in 2013 (20:44) and again in 2015 (21:23)
5 Time Winner William Figueredo has been the master winner in both the 5K &10K
4 Time Winner Robert Feldman has been the master winner in both the 5K & 10K
4 Time Winner Brad Slavens won the 10K Master Division in 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2015 and is the current record holder
3 Time Winner Patricia Hopkins Coppel won the 10K Overall Female Division in 2010,  2011 & 2012
2 Time Winner Ferderico Ramos was the overall 10K winner in 2002 and the master 10K winner in 2003 and also finished first in 45 – 49 age category in 2011 with a time 39:06
2 Time Winner Erica VanReener won the 10K in 2003 & 2005
2 Time Winner Carmen Evers won the master 10K in 2003 and was the overall 10K Winner in 2004
         
CURRENT WINNERS
2016 5K    10K  
Overall Male Brian Sydow 16:49 Benjamin LeBlanc 34:41
Overall Female Julita Auers 19:40 Bethany LeBlanc 39:40
Masters Male Brad Heppner 21:32 Dan Cole 35:52
Masters Female Tracey Rossi 19:48 Mary Tollett 41:23
         
PAST WINNERS      
2015 5K    10K  
Overall Male Brian Sydow 17:18 Andrew Cawood 34:01
Overall Female Tess Cochran 19:44 Bethany LeBlanc 42:30
Masters Male Timothy Newberg 18:03 Brad Slavens 35:48
Masters Female Tammi D'Elena 21:23 Anita Fuller 43:18
         
2014 5K    10K  
Overall Male Jonathan Gomez (19) 17:06 Benjamin LeBlanc (13) 35:25
Overall Female Katie McClay (26) 19:31 Lauren Giles (33) 40:23
Masters Male John Roberts (59) 18:03 Brad Slavens (45) 36:17
Masters Female Mary Richards (59) 22:59 Christina Evans (46) 42:46
         
2013 5K    10K  
Overall Male Victor Breedveld 16:57 Josh Thompson 35:49
Overall Female Holly Ortlund 17:49 Kimberly Nieves 42:01
Masters Male Ken Youngers 17:01 Kevin Graham 35:58
Masters Female Tammi D'Elena 20:44 Gail Nestor 44:21
         
2012 5K    10K  
Overall Male Nathan Hoskins (25) 15:03 Filemon Lopez (53) 37:48
Overall Female Christy Beckman (35) 17:44 Patricia Coppel (28) 41:03
Masters Male Tim Newberg (41) 18:01 Phillip Finley (47) 41:06
Masters Female Nancy Stewart (56) 19:08 Christina Evans (44) 42:07
         
2011  5K    10K  
Overall Male Eric Stabb (43) 15:47 Jack Westrick (40) 36:01
Overall Female Tracey Rossi (37) 20:06 Patricia Hopkins Coppel (27) 41:33
Masters Male Michael Strickland (44) 15:59 Brad Slavens (42) 35:34
Masters Female Sue Foster (45) 20:38 Christina Evans (43) 42:11
         
2010  5K    10K  
Overall Male Ryan Doyle (16) 16:08 Matt Shock (28) 34:47
Overall Female Hailey Branch (14) 18:51 Patricia Hopkins (26) 42:26
Master Male Tom Doering (49) 18:07 Brad Slavens (41) 37:33
Master Female Mary Ellen Dallow (44) 22:26 Lawonia Bryant (45) 46:32
         
2009  5K    10K  
Overall Male Ryan Doyle (15) 16:28 Thomas Carroll (36) 35:43
Overall Female Kelly Meyer 19:39 Cathy O'Meara (44) 43:32
Master Male William Figueredo (46) 19:16 Brad Slavens (40) 39:33
Master Female Kellie Eyre (48) 19:50 Carrie Dix (46) 48:18
         
2008  5K    10K  
Overall Male Richard Tuttle (35) 16:41 Antonio Holguin (42) 37:25
Overall Female Christina Evans (40) 19:31 Allison Dublinski (24) 37:57
Master Male Dan Clark (43) 18:07 William Figueredo (45) 39:23
Master Female Cathi Monk (40) 20:08 Kim Wheeler (49) 43:52
         
2007  5K    10K  
Overall Male Jordan Turner (21) 16:37 Jason Peele (16) 35:02
Overall Female Cheryl Cowart (44) 21:23 Holly Jimenez (26) 41:50
Master Male Mark Hutchinson (56) 19:30 Robert Feldman (52) 37:25
Master Female Mary Anne Taylor (51) 22:37 Virginia Martin (41) 45:10
         
2006  5K    10K  
Overall Male Anthony Keaton (33) 16:43 Scott Freedman (36) 35:50
Overall Female Nancy Stewart (50) 19:18 Whitney Sharp (24) 41:56
Master Male William Figueredo (43) 18:08 Robert Feldman (51) 37:09
Master Female Julie Collins (43) 20:45 Gina VanAmburgh (41) 46:20
         
2005 5K   10K  
Overall Male Anthony Keaton (32) 16:51 John Stoehr (20) 33:38
Overall Female Cheryl Gudelsky (17) 21:16 Erica VanReenen (27) 39:39
Master Male Frank Storniolo (48) 19:02 Robert Feldman (50) 36:47
Master Female Susan Reilly (46) 22:27 Wendy Sullivan (41) 47:35
         
2004 5K    10K  
Overall Male missing -- Ange Badji (35) 37:24
Overall Female missing -- Carmen Evers (41) 42:02
Master Male missing -- William Figuerdo (43) 38:24
Master Female missing  -- Sheryl Dusek (40) 48:56
         
2003 5K   10K  
Overall Male Rubin Marquez (31) 16:59 Jason Cage (25) 35:22
Overall Female Amy Seldin (36) 19:52 Erica VanReenen (25) 38:07
Master Male William Figueredo (41) 17:52 Frederico Ramos (41) 36:45
Master Female Susan Searle (42) 21:06 Carmen Evers (40) 44:10
         
2002  5K    10K  
Overall Male Brett Edwards 17:30 Federico Ramos (40) 36:44
Overall Female Jennifer Krolak 20:09 Sally Brooking 45:28
Master Male Robert Feldman (47) 17:46 Barry Halligan 38:16
Master Female Sherri Hintz 20:09 Kim Olson 48:56
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