“I never miss this race. I know Sherri. It's a very good cause,” Haynes said, referring to the race director, Sherri Vibbert.
The event is a fundraiser for the Butterflies for Maddie Foundation formed in 2006 to raise awareness and help fund education and research for pulmonary veno occlusive disease, which took the life of Madilyn Grace Morgan, who died in 2005 at age 6.
Jason Schwab was second in the race at 18:36.
Karen McGuffey was the first female to finish. Her time was 21:51.
The Traveling Trophy, which goes to the school with the most participation among faculty and staff, was awarded to Eastern Elementary School.
As Glasgow Run Club members Chris Witt, Pam Goad of Glasgow, and Judd Shaw of Summer Shade gathered near the starting line, they said that several in their club were having inaugural runs that day as part of the Couch to 5k initiative, and it was Goad's and Shaw's first time and Witt's second at the Butterflies race.
“We try to do about all the local ones,” Shaw said. “This one's kind of gotten to be special, because we know the people involved.”
He's been running since early last year, but didn't his first race wasn't until the fall.
Witt started running because he was about 40 pounds overweight and wanted a change, but that wasn't his only motivation for participating Saturday.
“It's near and dear to me because I have a son who had cancer,” he said, adding that his son is alive and better now. “This gives me a way to honor them both.”
Goad, who finished at 27:44, said the race was for great cause, with a lot of fun and friends, but she was also thinking partly of Boston.
“When I got tired, I just thought of them,” she said.