The race started at Scenic Highway at the Common’s entrance and eventually proceeded down Lula Lake Road to the new Georgia city hall, Fairyland Mountain Hall, and back to the Commons. It was such fun to see so many eager and energetic participants in the race, some pushing their babies in strollers, some walking behind them and one, Carrie Pollard, running the race with her dog. It was a race full of comradery and good sportsmanship, with Eli Kaczinski winning the 3.1-mile run in 16:02:59! Also one of the top finishers, Andrew Ray, pushed his two children in a stroller, which didn’t seem to slow his time at all.
The fun run started next at 10 a.m. on the Commons track, where runners and walkers ran around the track and then exited the gate by the fountain and went up the hill behind the stores and back down to the Commons. Rad Stewart, an LMS third grader, came in first with a time of six minutes and 30 seconds!
Kate handed out medals on the baseball field while mountain residents Ashley and Shannon Johnson gave out samples of their chili from their downtown restaurant, Real Good Smokehouse and Bar.
Kate, as usual, did a first-rate job and, with many company sponsors and the community’s support, the Hive Hustle raised $12,000 for the schools! She thanked everyone for participating and having fun and promised that next year would be even bigger and better. After a big round of applause from the crowd, Kate said, “There is no ‘The Hive - Lookout Mountain’ without the people of Lookout Mountain, who humble me with their support every day. And there is no me without my family, who never waver.” Well said, Kate and a great job!
by Gwin Tugman