MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Instead of kicking Labor Day off with a cookout, many people hit the pavement running Monday morning.
More than 1,800 people participated in the 41st Annual Labor Day Road Race. Many chose to participate in the 5K and 10K races.
“I’m so excited, I work hard throughout the year to participate in this race and I’m just excited about running through the finish line,” says Dr. Dedna Henderson who participated in the 5K race.
Whether walking or running, it was all for a good cause. Event organizer Don McMahon says, “A lot of people are doing it for health issues, trying to lose weight or improve their blood pressure or cholesterol.”
Leslie Hart says this is her second year being in the race. It has improved her health.
“I was on five blood pressure pills, now I am on one. It’s for fitness and I feel so great now,” Hart adds.
“This is my tenth Labor day road race. I do it for fitness, I set goals to do this every year and I been doing it every since. Great time, social activity, it’s great to be out on Labor Day,” Paul Bissinger says who also participated in the 5K race.
The race is a chance to have fun, get fit and meet new friends.
10K Runner John Fetner says, “You’ll see people from Peachtree City Atlanta, you’re gonna see people from Atlanta. My favorite point of every race is the finish line.”
The 5K race started at the intersection of Vineville Avenue and Pio Nono Avenue. The 10K started on Forsyth Road. The finish line was at Central City Park. The event was followed by a 1 mile fun run.