Macon Labor Day Road Race welcomes around 2400 runners

Each year runners gather around Macon for the annual Labor Day Road Race, and this year was a historic race.

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)–  “We look forward to this every year… Together this is our fifth year running together and I believe this is my fifteenth year,” said runner Gary Skeen.

Like several runners in Middle Georgia, Skeen and his grandson, Kaleb Branch, set their best foot forward for the 44th Annual Macon Labor Day Road Race.

Most runners had a little extra pep in their step because the event was back in-person this year, after becoming a virtual race last year.

“We’ve been excited to have it for two years because we didn’t get to have it last year and so many people when they registered, said thank you so much for having it again,” said F.M. Barren, the President of the Macon Tracks Running Club.

The day kicked off with a 5K race stretching from Vineville Avenue all the way to Carolyn Crayton Park. Then a 10K started on Forsyth Road near the Rivoli Crossing Shopping Center. People ran with their friends, kids, and people like Audrey Sebastian & Quintera Walker ran as a family.

“Today it was harder for me because I normally like to start practicing in May,” explained Sebastian. “I didn’t this year, so I only started trying to practice for this race like 3 weeks ago but I still beat my time from last time.”

While the race was a bit smaller with a few changes, it was still a historic year with the race crowning the first-ever woman to come in first place for the 10K race.

Overall runners seemed to have a great day, and are looking forward to an even better 45th race.

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