The third annual Milton Mile to benefit the Milton Wesleyan Church Youth Group May 23 appears to barely cover the cost of free hot dogs and hamburgers and inflated kids' games.
But the event is more about fun than funds and the T-shirts. “The church has left the building” tells the real story as a sense of spirituality is brought to the streets. The event distance is a mile. Church members and others do the mile, some on bikes, others on skateboards, one in a wheelchair, many with walkers, some who look they are running straight to the cardiac cauterization lab.
Events broke into several categories: The Stroll, Walk and Wheels race was won by Zack Lawson, 12, in 4:54 on roller skates, followed by bikers Kenna Justice, 8, 4:49, and Benson Schmidt, 10, 5:32 on bikes.
Ben Velasquez, 19, won the Open 13-19 race in 5:02 followed by Logan Kline in 5:56. Leah Marsh, 13, ran 6:42 while Lainey Shockro, 8, ran 6:49.
Adam Jones, 34, won the 20-39 in 5:05. Anna Hill was first woman in that class with 8:14.
The male masters saw Michael Klein, 48, as champion in 6:02, followed by Scott Hanna, 42, in 6:04.
The female masters champion was Kim Klabe, 49, who ran 6:49 followed by Donna Lawson, 53, in 8:18.
Jim Sumstine, 49, the race organizer and a former Salisbury University middle distance star, walked the mile with his 9-year-old daughter Kate on his shoulders. It was sweet but looked painful.