Mason’s 2nd Annual Gem of the Hill Country 5 & 10k Race was a success by all accounts – a beautiful, cool morning, hard-working dedicated volunteers, and 126 talented athletes from as far away as Dallas and Tyler heading along two courses that highlighted Mason’s well-kept neighborhoods, schools, and old Ft. Mason where the view of the countryside is simply breath-taking.
Kerrville’s Perrin Wells and Baird, Texas’ Kim Slaughter took overall honors in the 5k run while Mason High School cross-country stand-out, Tomas Callejas, and Austin’s Britany Lehmberg Fowler won the 10k race. Callejas shaved over 3 minutes off last year’s winning time finishing in 37:59.
In the Masters division, Mason’s Danny Hyde and Mary Kaplan of Sunrise Beach were first in the 5k while our own George Estes and Atascosa’s Rachel Snider took the honors in the 10k.
According to Mary Kaplan, the course was “a challenging one but very well organized and therefore enjoyable.” Needless to say, we asked her and everyone who participated to spread the word!
Race Director, Eva Tannehill, noted that the race’s success could not have been possible without the many dedicated volunteers. The Lions Club sponsored the event and its members were quick to step forward assisting at each run corner, registration, and aid stations. Its main movers and shakers were Dane Phillips, Lee Graham, Charles Plueneke, and Rich Shoemaker. Eva was quick to point out that they were all extremely important in making this event the success it was. Mason High School Coach Sherry Keller contributed with timing and, as before, with invaluable advice.
“Thanks guys! And, thank you to the many sponsors that made this event a success. We couldn’t have done it without you!”