JACKSON TWP. The Kiwanis Club of Belden Village’s annual Miles for Kids 5K run raised was on its way to raising the group’s goal of $10,000 by the time the runners took off Saturday morning at Stark State College.
Almost 90 runners came out to do their two favorite things, run and raise money for a good cause. This was the seventh year for the run which was called Miles for Mom until a few years ago when the name changed to Miles for Kids.
Jordan Maddocks has been race coordinator for the past three years. He said the two charities the run was donating to this year were Pathway Caring for Children and the Association of Church Sports Recreation Ministries of Canton.
"Both charities support youth in our community and so we selected them as our charities for the race this morning," Maddocks said.
Money was raised through race fees and sponsorships from local individuals and businesses. The race path went around the Stark State and Kent State at Stark campuses. Medals were awarded to the top three overall male and female runs and the top three finishers in each age group.
Jackson High School students Zach Werstler finished first with a time of 17:50 and Colin Scanlon who finished second with a time of 19:50. This was the fourth consecutive win for Werstler.
He and Scanlon are members of the Key Club at Jackson High School, which is sponsored by the Kiwanis.