Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Ringing in Hope Race Draws Large Crowd & Hope for Area Charities

Germani Photography

January 2, 2012More than 2,000 participants took to the streets of Brambleton on the morning of New Year’s Eve in a race that helped to raise funding for participating area charities.  The second annual Ringing In Hope Walk, Run & Fun (10K & 5K Race, 1K walk) winter race drew in more than double the crowd of its inaugural December 2010 race, starting at Brambleton Town Center in Brambleton, Va.  The race kick off was signaled by the Hogettes and runners took off on a 5K or 10K course enjoying near record-high weather.

Joshua Hardin of Potomac Falls, VA, finished in first place for the men in the 10K, in at 33:32, along with Melissa Saunders for the women, also from Potomac Falls, at 41:00.  Ry Hu of Ashburn, Va., took top honors for the men in the 5K in at 17:08, as did Amy Passauer of Ashburn, Va., for the women in at 20:22.  In a post-race awards ceremony, awards were handed out to the top three overall male and female finishers in both races, as well as the top three finisher in each of the following categories: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, and 80 & over. Complete results can be found at: http://www.runwashington.com/results.htm.

In true Ringing In Hope style, racers enjoyed hors d'oeuvres served at finish line and 1K walkers received bells to ring in the new year. Children and their families joined in on the festivities enjoying family fun activities such as pony rides, a barrel train ride, face painting, tattoos, music, moonbounces, complementary family portraits and more.  

This year’s race beneficiaries include: Loudoun Habitat for Humanity, Loudoun Interfaith Relief, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid Atlantic, La Voz of Loudoun, Life Line, Inc., Joshua’s Hands and Jill’s House. Upon registering for the races/walk, participants were given the opportunity to designate their race proceeds to the participating charity of their choice. 

The race could not have been made possible without the generosity of race sponsors including title sponsors, Brambleton Town Center & 92.5 WINC FM, as well as the following sponsors: Tetra Partners, Water To Go, Potomac River Running, Miller & Smith, Pulte Homes, Van Metre Homes, Sport & Health Club, Germani Photography, O & O All Occasion Catering, Leesburg/Ashburn Today, Medifast Weight Control Centers, Act of Light Photography, Big D’s Pony Rides and the Dulles Greenway.

To learn more about Ringing In Hope races, visit www.ringinginhope.com.  You can view more photos from the race here. 

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