MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – More than 1,500 people hit the pavement for the 40th running of the Macon Labor Day Road Race on Monday morning.
82-year-old David Morgan hasn’t missed one of them.
“Thinking that I could finish the race was a big challenge,” Morgan said after the race. “I did and I’m thankful and I’ve enjoyed my running career and hope other people will take it up and start running.”
He says running changed his life. For him, there’s no better way to spend Labor Day.
“My blood pressure is 110/70, the doctor said it’s very few people that have blood pressure that good,” Morgan said. “And the reason is because of run and exercise for the last 50 years.”
Patrick Whitehead, who won the 10k race, looks at running similarly. He calls himself a running addict, albeit a more competitive one.
“I was hoping to have some competition,” Whitehead said. “I’ve run in this area enough to know who’s fast, who the competitors are, and there was no one up there so I started off at a more leisurely pace.”
After the race, participants enjoyed food and drinks in Central City Park. There were games and inflatables for children. Both the 5k and 10k races went through downtown Macon and finished in the park.
The 40th running was special to Morgan, because it was his last. He was joined across the finish line by family.
“40 years of running I think I’m going to hang it up on this one here,” Morgan said.
Results from the Macon Labor Day Road Race, hosted by the Macon Tracks Running Club can be found at http://macontracks.org/results/ldrr/.