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Nolanville holds first ever 5k

Nolanville holds first ever 5k

Despite the looming clouds, the spirits were high for Nolanville’s 5k Fox Trot Run on Saturday morning. 317 individuals registered for the 3.1 mile run/walk CENTEX Race Series.  The race started at Foxworth-Gabraith Lumber’s parking lot and meandered through Nolanville’s neighborhoods to show the small town charm of Nolanville.

“This is the first race the city has ever hosted. It was to bring people from the surrounding areas to Nolanville, to show them what a great place this is to live, work, and do business,” said Kara Escajeda, city manager of Nolanville.

The idea to have a race was that of the Nolanville Economic Development Corporation. The proceeds from the race will help provide more funds for the proposed improvements to the city park such as grading the land for a soccer and football field.

“It’s all coming together. We’re hoping to see some major improvements by this summer to the park,” said Escajeda.

Grants from the Texas Parks and Wildlife will help put in a splash pad and more playground equipment and a multipurpose facility provided by a $350,000 grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture.

The Fox Trot brought out many locals and people from all around Central Texas to support Nolanville and have fun.

“I enjoy running for good causes like this,” said fastest female runner, Jasmine McCormick, active duty military from Fort Hood.

It was a community effort in helping the event run smoothly. Remax of Nolanville was the primary sponsor of the race. The churches of Nolanville helped to organize the water points and the parking. Registration was organized by the Public Works Department and Liberty Tax Services helped with the stations.  Traffic control was directed by the Fire Department.

“295 started.  Most first year races usually average between 50-60 runners.  This was a great turnout,” said Kirsten Lancaster, owner of the Pro Fit Event Services.

One of the families present was the Denney Family, from Killeen, who participate in races all over Central Texas.

“The race felt really good,” said Kailynn Denney, 10, the fastest runner for her age group.

With a great turn out, there was much enthusiasm for next year’s race.  Nolanville Mayor, David Escobar has challenged Escajeda to run the race next year.

“I’m pretty excited about it.  I think I’ll try to run it myself if Kara will run it with me,” said Escobar.

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Shannon is a military spouse and lived the majority of her life in Washington State. She is currently studying to become a nurse. She enjoys spending her time with her spouse, two dogs, and friends. Her interests are centered around fitness, painting, coffee, and the outdoors.

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