Ellenburg captures Race for the Ark title

  • Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Participants take off for the start of the 2013 Race for the Ark 5K Saturday. ROGER LEE/JOURNAL SCENE

Ashley Ridge freshman Jackson Ellenburg won the 2013 Race for the Ark 5K held in Summerville Saturday.
Ellenburg, 14, crossed the finish line in 16 minutes, 58 seconds to win the race and claim the top overall male award. Pinewood runner Mason Hazel, 17, came in at 17:04 to claim runner-up honors. North Charleston’s Marc Embler, 56, placed third with a 17:51 time.
Ellenburg had participated in past ARK 5ks but this is his first year winning the event.
“The course was a bit wet and slick but other than that was fine,” he said. “Me and Mason pushed each other the entire time.”
Ellenburg’s time was 12 seconds faster than his time in a race the week before which was a new personal record for him. Now the all-region athlete will turn his attention to the high school cross country season.
“I’m hoping to break 16:30 this year because our school record is 16:31,” he said. “Last year at the region meet our boys kind of fell off but this year we have a very strong team so I think we can win that meet.”
Pinewood’s Maryah Nasir, 14, finished the Race for the Ark in 19:12 to place seventh overall and claim the top female award. Ann Hampton, 52, of Charleston placed second in the overall female division with a 20:35 time. Rachel Butler, 30, placed third in the division with a 20:38 time.
Approximately 375 runners completed the 14th annual Race for the Ark, despite rain that rolled into the area prior to the race. Results and a list of age-group winners can be found through http://thearkofsc.org/.
Since 1999, hundreds of runners and walkers from the Lowcountry and beyond have come to Summerville to participate in the race and support The ARK, Alzheimer’s Family Support Services. The 5K run and walk winds through historic downtown Summerville. Prizes are awarded to the top individual runners for numerous age groups and for team activities such as the Corporate Challenge and Youth Challenge.
The ARK is a local nonsectarian nonprofit outreach program providing comprehensive support services to families dealing with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. For more information on The ARK’s services, call 832-2357 or visit http://thearkofsc.org/.
Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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