Church hosts ‘Miles for Missions’

By Dottie Dewberry For the WPT

“In running, it doesn’t matter if you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.” ~ Fred LeBow

Not one sour apple, all was joy and love from the first, maybe annual, “Miles for Missions” 5K walk/run hosted Oct. 6 by the First Baptist Church of Maben.

Sixty runners registered but many, many supporters were there to cheer them on, especially at the finish line.

It turned out to be a beautiful, bright sunshiny day but a little on the chilly side, however that did not keep the spirits down. The sound of laughing is always good for the soul and there was lots of that.

Cameras were out as momma, daddy, brother, sister, grandmother or granddaddy crossed the finish line amid cheers and hurrahs. Wallace Sansing was the coordinator of the event and did a great job; already he is looking forward to next year for another fun time for a good cause. Proceeds will be used to support local (in Maben) mission work, such as coats for students.

The overall male winner award goes to Tony Faulk with a time of 18.56 minutes. Faulk is the preacher at Montevista Baptist Church. The overall female winner award goes to Julie Ann Jackson with a time of 23.19 minutes for the 5K. She is from Starkville.

While the runners were doing their thing, people were drinking coffee or milling around talking with friends and neighbors and just having good fellowship, one with the other.

The barefoot runner was Zak Sansing, the son of Donna and Wallace Sansing. His time was 39:20, which is good for a 9-year-old. FBC is happy to recognize the males that placed first, second and third, in order: 0-10: Zak Sansing, Parker Shurden; 11-20: Andy Busby, Rhett Parker, Pierce Fondren; 21-30: Edwin Phillips; 31-40: Michael Chandler, Darrell Bryant, Michael Kolb; 41-50: Mark Davis, Mark Weeks; 51-plus: Tommy Temple.

FBC is happy to recognize the female runners that placed first, second and third, in order: 11-20: Lauren Temple, Carson Branton, Hope Ellis; 21-30: Brandi Johnson, Miranda Washington, Jessica Fulgham; 31-40: Tosha Shurden, Anna Sparks, Gwen Chandler; 41-50: Gabby Davis, Kelli McCarter, Yolanda O’Bryant; 51-60: Kathy Johnson, Becky Harrison; 61-plus: Patricia Cochran, Sue Simmons.

All of the participants are to be applauded for their efforts in supporting a good cause. May God bless you.