4-Miler race one for record books
Neighborhood ‘knocks socks off’ runners
By David Royer
Another successful Cooper-Young 4-Miler is history, and organizers say this year’s annual race bumped up the fundraising bar.
The race’s 2,500 spots sold out this year (2,487 people actually ran on Sept 14) and race chairman Chris McHaney said once the accounting is finished he expects gross revenues from the race to total about $64,000, topping previous years by a healthy distance. The 4-Miler is the Cooper-Young Community Association’s largest annual fundraiser.
So far more than 300 runners have filled out post-race surveys, and McHaney said the most common response from runners is praise for the level of crowd participation from Cooper-Young.
“The main thing that keeps coming back is the crowd participation of the neighborhood,” McHaney said. “Knocked their socks off. [There were] many new runners and they will be back every year. Kudos as always to the residents for making this race one that most runners circle on their calendars.”
More than 120 volunteers put in about three hours each for a total of more than 360 volunteer hours, excluding the organizing committee’s work.
Crowds cheered runners on from the sidewalks as residents set up Light the Way parties in front yards to watch the race. Awards for the best Light The Way parties were selected by the CYCA.
Participating businesses included Camy’s sandwiches, Start2Finish timing system (with kiosks for runners to get their times), Fuel food truck, Kona Ice food truck and Memphis Munchies food truck. The Memphis Snake Doctors played a post-race party at Midtown Autowerks, the first year the party has been held there.
McHaney noted that the race’s second station ran out of water this year, but he said organizers would fix that problem for next year.
He also said he would like to seek a ReSport certification for the Cooper-Young 4-Miler and asked that anyone who might be able to help should contact him.
Cooper-Young 4-Miler Winners
Top male overall in age group: Max Paquette, 28. 20:59:36
Top female overall in age group: Marcia Scott, 28, of Cordova. 25:23:99
For a complete list of winners, visit http://cooperyoung4miler.racesonline.com