WILLIAMSPORT — Saturday’s third annual Nick Adenhart 5K had another huge turnout, rallying 318 participants in support of a Williamsport community that has faced much tragedy.
Only three years after Adenhart lost his life in a car accident with a drunk driver in 2009, Williamsport is still reeling from the deaths of Brendon Colliflower and Sam Kelly, who also were star athletes for the Wildcats. The race was also dedicated in their memory.
“I think the race symbolizes a sense of community here in Williamsport to get back at a sense of loss within the community,” said race director Mike Shifler.
Adenhart’s mother, Janet Gigeous, once again came to help out and run the 5K wearing her son’s No. 34 on her bib.
“I think (Williamsport) is a very generous community and extremely caring,” said Gigeous. “They tend to come out and be with each other in the face of tragedy, and we’re just so thankful that they come out and support our cause.”
The race saw last year’s winner, Tony Clement, 25, of Williamsport, repeat as first-place finisher. The former University of Oklahoma star finished the 3.1-mile course, which started and ended at Williamsport High School, in 16 minutes and 5 seconds.
Cody Bowman, 17, of Williamsport, finished second with a time of 16:41.6 and Matt Elgin, 40, of Chambersburg, Pa., finished third in 17:11.9.
Sarah Boward, 33, of Fayetteville, Pa., was the first female finisher with a time of 19:08.0. Angie Rhoderick-McKinley, 29, of Warfordsburg, Pa., finished second in 19:59.4, and Jennifer Plevinski, 34, of Clear Spring, was third in 20:16.1.
Before the 5K started, a 1K Kids’ Race was held for children 12 and under. Eric Bender, 9, led the field in 3:04.3, while Madison Sigler, 8, of Smithsburg was a close second in 3:08.4. Christopher Mackley, 10, of Williamsport finished third in 3:11.5.
All proceeds from the race will be donated by the Nick Adenhart Foundation to the Williamsport Boosters in support of the baseball and volleyball programs, in memory of Colliflower and Kelly.
“(The donation) is just another example of what the Adenhart Foundation has done for baseball and athletics and how our community rallies around each other and supports each other,” said Williamsport baseball coach David Warrenfeltz, the official starter for the race.