Plexico wins 15th annual Race for the ArkPinewood has strong showing

  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Provided Pinewood Prep won the 2014 Race for the Ark Scholastic Challenge in both the girls’ and boys’ divisions. See another photo from the event, Page 8B.

Interest in the Race for the Ark is at an all-time high.

The 15th Race for the Ark was held Saturday in Summerville and organizers say it couldn’t have gone better.

“We are very excited,” ARK spokesperson Cheryl Moniz said. “This year exceeded all expectations. We had 25 corporate challenge teams, which is way more than we have ever had. There was a great variety of corporate teams. We had six schools that brought probably close to 100 kids altogether. That included kids from Calhoun Academy in St. Matthews. We don’t know how much we have raised yet but I would say it is close to $30,000.”

This year a record-setting 600 people registered for the 5K run and walk and 485 people finished the race, which benefits the ARK.

“The proceeds support our mission, which is to help families who are living with Alzheimer’s right now in our community,” Moniz said. “We are a grass roots, local nonprofit so we depend on donations and fundraisers to continue our work. Alzheimer’s is growing and there is no cure. We don’t fight it; we just help people live with more dignity and joy.”

Ryan Plexico of Columbia won the race, crossing the finish line in 17 minutes, 5 seconds. The 30-year-old runs for Strictly Running.

Many of the other top honors were claimed by Pinewood Prep.

Pinewood’s Joseph Siegel finished in 18:15 to place second. Colin Baker of Charleston finished 1 second behind to place third.

Pinewood’s Maryah Nasir repeated as the overall female champion for the race. The 15-year-old North Charleston runner finished in 19:15. Jaime Torek of Summerville finished in 20:53 to place second for the women and Barbara Wiggins of Mt. Pleasant finished in 21:06 to round out the top three.

Ron Menchaca of Summerville came in at 19:04 to place first in the Male Masters Overall division. Tina Di Stefano of Goose Creek finished in 22:41 to claim the top honor for the Female Masters Overall division.

Pinewood won this year’s Race for the Ark Scholastic Challenge in both the girls’ and boys’ divisions. Porter-Gaud placed second in the girls’ division and Calhoun Academy placed third. Porter-Gaud also placed second in the boys’ division while Ashley Ridge placed third and Summerville fourth.

In the Corporate Challenge, a bread company and car dealership topped a list of teams that included a fitness company, health care organization and boxing company. Atlanta Bread Company won the Corporate Challenge for the fifth consecutive year. McElveen Auto placed second while Trident Health placed third and Title Boxing Company placed fourth.

Full results from the 15th annual Race for the Ark can be found at actioncarolina.com. Further details on the ARK and a link to the results can be found at thearkofsc.org.

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