More than 2,000 people hit the road for Macon's 40th Labor Day Road Race. Claire Davis spent the morning at the starting line.
Monday morning marked the 40th Annual Labor Day Road Race and just about everyone put on their running shoes. 11-year-old Lawson Harris and his 8-year-old brother Anderson aren’t rookies.
“We decided to come today because we wanted to get healthy and get some exercise during this race,” said Lawson.
They’ve been in several other 5K races and each time they go into it with a positive attitude. “
Having a good time and doing our best,” said Anderson.
Then there’s the real veterans like Andrew Mathis.
“This is my 38th year running here at the Labor Day Road Race. And why? Because I’m 76-years-old and look at me!” said Mathis.
For others like Mike Ratterree and his gang, it’s a family affair.
“Every year I miss a good dove shoot. But I enjoy it. This year there’s 12 of us. We’re all kind of lingering out but we enjoy doing it,” said Ratterree.
Mark Castleberry drove all the way from Dunwoody.
“I started running in 2009 and more than anything I just have a lot of good friends I get to spend quality time with. Train hard and have fun,” said Castleberry.
16-year-old Owen Nobles from Twiggs County got his best finish time in 18 minutes and 48 seconds.
“Trying to be the best and trying to be first and getting in shape,” said Nobles.
Liana Rogers says she jumped right in but it wasn’t easy.
“I don’t love a lot of it. But I love the finish!” said Rogers.
44-year-old Brent Fields from Anderson, South Carolina placed first in the 5K in just over fifteen minutes. In the women's division, 42-year-old Holly Ortlund of Decatur placed first in 17 minutes and 26 seconds.