The PT Solutions Cartersville Duathlon, which benefited the Bartow County Boys and Girls Club and Bartow-Polk County Fellowship of Christian Athletes, featured a 5K run, 17-mile bike ride and another 5K run to end a race that started and ended at Dellinger Park.
The youngest participants to compete in the duathlon were Audrey Nix (first-place female, age 19 and under) and Tommy Morrison (first-place male, age 19 and under), both 17-year-olds from Cartersville. Leroy Lamm, 74, Marietta, was the oldest participant.
Cartersville residents turned in strong performances, a group that also included Matthew Akins, Chuck Allen, Steve Archer, Heather Ayer, Carolyn Baldree (third-place female, age 60-64), Jason Benefield, Brandon Bowen, Nathan Fant (third-place male, age 25-29), Gary and Elizabeth Fox, Kenny Gordon, Craig Hurley, Dennis Kelly, Luke Lester, Ken Locke, Andres Marquez, David Matherne (first-place male, age 45-49), Chris Moss, Pete Nunn, Jarrod Roberts, Michael Schwartz, Russell Smith (first-place male, age 35-39), Kim Smith (second-place female, age 50-54), Stephen Teeples, Kathy Teeples, Bethany and Mike Weightman, and Adam Whatley (overall male Masters winner).
“The race was a huge success and all the participants loved the routes. Many in attendance commented over and over how beautiful Cartersville was and how great all the volunteers and law enforcement [personnel] were,” said PT Solutions’ Mary Wannall. “Hopefully, this will become an annual event for Cartersville to bring more people to visit our community and to benefit two great local non-profit organizations.”