Gammons Run for Your Mother attracts fast families

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Two friends from Goose Creek were the top finishers for the seventh annual Hazel Williams Gammons Run for Your Mother 5K held in Summerville May 11.
Joseph Sanborn, 18, and Matthew Alford, 17, were the first runners across the finish line at the charity race. Both runners finished with a 20:22 time.
Benjamin Smoot was just behind, placing third overall with a 20:44 time.
This is the second consecutive year Sanborn has had the top time for the race. His brother, Nicholas, placed third in the 12 and under age division this year. Their father, Greg, placed eighth overall and second in his age group. Their mother, Stefanie, also had a Top 20 overall finish.
The event has become a favorite for families with multiple running enthusiasts.
Kaitlin Sojourner, a 14-year old who won the Overall Female division the prior three years, turned in another outstanding performance. Charlotte, N.C. runner Carmen Redfearn won the division this year with a 23:24 time but Sojourner claimed runner-up honors with a 24:06 finish. Charleston runner Ashley Burke came in with a 25:42 time to place third overall for the women.
Sojourner was joined at the race by her mother, brother and sister. Brother Walker placed first in the 12 and under division. Her sister, Julianna, recorded a 39:34 time in her first attempt at the Run for Your Mother course and mother Christina finished just behind.
Debra J. Gammons, Evelyn Gammons Blake, Beverly Gammons Bachelor, and Fredrick L. Gammons, the children of Hazel Williams Gammons, organized the run in memory of their mother who died at the age of 64 from a stroke. 
 “Our mom’s death shocked us; she was young,” Debra J. Gammons said. “My siblings and I organize this Run in her memory to encourage people to exercise and eat nutritious foods to prevent their having a stroke. We love seeing runners like Kaitlin and her siblings who have grown up with us.  We love seeing old friends and making new friends. With this Run our Mom’s life will not have been one lived in vain.”
The net proceeds from the event benefit the National Stroke Association.  
 
Age Group Winners:
 
12 and under:  First Place                   Walker Sojourner (Johns Island, SC), 28:26
                        Second Place               DeAngelo Mazyck (Summerville, SC), 29:02
                        Third Place                  Nicholas Sanborn (Goose Creek, SC), 31:29
20 – 30:           First Place                   Trey King (Charleston, SC), 22:02
                        Second Place               Jarrett Johns (North Charleston, SC), 23:31
                        Third Place                  Brian Brown (Charleston, SC), 27:08
31 – 40:           First Place                   P. Heath Ward (Mount Pleasant, SC), 23:15
                        Second Place               Greg Sanborn (Goose Creek, SC), 23:40
                        Third Place                  James Cunningham (Charleston, SC), 25:20
41 – 51:           First Place                   Darcy Bennett (Summerville, SC), 24:16
                        Second Place               John A. Washington (Goose Creek, SC), 26:16
                        Third Place                  Paul Alford (Summerville, SC), 26:29
52 – 62:           First Place                   Katie Roberts (Mount Pleasant, SC), 25:46
                        Second Place               William Burke (North Charleston, SC), 31:45
                        Third Place                  Laree Hensley (North Charleston, SC), 34:48
 
 
Runners finishing in less than 48 minutes
 
Joseph Sanborn (Goose Creek, SC)                20:02
Matthew Alford (Goose Creek, SC)                20:02
Benjamin Smoot (Charleston, SC)                  20:44
Stefan Feidler (Charleston, SC)                       20:56
Trey King (Charleston, SC)                            22:02
P. Heath Ward (Mount Pleasant, SC)            23:15
Carmen Redfearn (Charlotte, NC)                   23:24
Jarrett Johns (North Charleston, SC)              23:31
Greg Sanborn (Goose Creek, SC)                   23:40  
Kaitlin Sojourner (Johns Island, SC)              24:06
Darcy Bennett (Summerville, SC)                   24:16
James Cunningham (Charleston, SC)              25:20
Ashley Burke (Charleston, SC)                       25:42
Katie Roberts (Mount Pleasant, SC)               25:46
Stefanie Sanborn (Goose Creek, SC)              26:13  
John A. Washington (Goose Creek, SC)        26:16
Paul Alford (Summerville, SC)                        26:29
Brian Brown (Charleston, SC)                        27:08
Walker Sojourner (Johns Island, SC)             28:26
Kayce Seifert (Charleston, SC)                       28:34
DeAngelo Mazyck (Summerville, SC)            29:02
Jennifer DeWinter (Summerville, SC) 29:04
Rhonda Burke (North Charleston, SC)           30:10
Ashley Moore (West Columbia, SC)              30:42
Corey Bowens (Hollywood, SC)                     30:52
TJ McCorry (Charleston, SC)                         31:12
Alison Holley (Summerville, SC)                    31:23
Nicholas Sanborn (Goose Creek, SC)             31:29
Karen Franklin (Lexington, SC)                      31:31
William Burke (North Charleston, SC)           31:45
Amanda Wilkins (Douglasville, GA)               34:02
Laree Hensley (North Charleston, SC)            34:48
Stacy Sipple (Summerville, SC)                      35:39
Dena McCorry (Charleston, SC)                     35:55
Julianna Sojourner (Johns Island, SC)            39:34
Tybray Moses (Summerville, SC)                   39:46
Christina Sojourner (Johns Island, SC)           39:58
Napiya Nubuya (Summerville, SC)                 42:22
Tywan Moses (Summerville, SC)                    42:26
James Daniel (Stockbridge, GA)                     42:33
Cynthia Williams (Summerville, SC)              43:14
Betsy Rivers (Charleston, SC)             43:52
Sharon Myers (Summerville, SC)                   47:22

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