It is called The Mother of All 5Ks, but the event was just in its infancy this Saturday when 110 runners ran five kilometers on the day before Mother's Day to benefit the Harrington House.
"It was an absolutely fantastic event," said Jaycee's board member and race organizer Julie Clark. "My goal, when I decided to do this, was to try to get 50 runners. Coming out with 110 is absolutely amazing. The rain decided to let up just enough and just in time that nobody had to run in the rain."
Included in the final count of 110 runners were six "virtual 5K runners" who couldn't make it to Crescent City on Saturday but agreed to run on behalf of Harrington House wherever they were. Two people ran in England, one in South Dakota, one in Louisiana and two in California.
The other 104 runners met up at Beachfront Park for the event that started and ended at the Marine Mammal Center.
"Every racer got a finisher medal and there were prizes for first, second and third overall for both males and females," Clark said.
David Standring was the fastest male overall with a time of 20:36. Josh Norris took second place in 20:53 and Dave Keltner was third in 21:49.
Chrystal Helton was the fastest female, running the 5K in 22:26. Rose Tatman was second with a time of 24:34 and Amber Talburt finished in 28:11.
Clark was elected to the Jaycees board in January, and ever since has been itching to organize a race.
"I am pretty passionate about running," Clark said. "I travel out of town to do races a lot with obstacle course racing, 5Ks and 10Ks. Just given where we live, I feel that we need more of those kinds of activities. We have this beautiful area and we need to take more advantage of it."
Once Clark discovered that the day before Mother's Day would be an open weekend to hold the event, she thought Harrington House was the perfect group to benefit.
"I thought the Harrington House would be a good cause that goes along with Mother's Day," Clark said. "Domestic violence is a pretty major issue in our community. Supporting the Harrington House and bringing about awareness for people, I thought, was a good thing to do."
The Mother of All 5Ks raised approximately $2,000 for Harrington House.