1K participate in 34th annual Lake Burton Fun Run


The rain stopped and the skies cleared early Saturday morning just in time for the 34th annual Lake Burton Fun Run.

Organizers say 1,000 people entered this year’s race. 22-year-old Wes Pectol of Greeneville, Tennessee, was the Male Overall Winner. He finished the 2 mile USTA certified course in 9:47. 18-year-old Whitney Westbrook of Decatur, Georgia, was the Female Overall Winner. She clocked in at 13:41.

This year’s Lake Burton Fun Run Male Masters title (ages 40 and up) went to 48-year-old Stephen Armes of Triangle, Virginia. His finishing time was 12:03. 55-year-old Betsy Orr of Atlanta clinched the Female Masters title with a time of 16:36.

Other awards handed out during this year’s Fun Run include:

Fike Community Spirit Award 
2018 Recipient- In memoriam of Ed Poss

In recognition for many years of devoted community service to Rabun County and the Lake Burton Community

Five Star Performance Award
2018 Recipient- Reeves Ace Hardware

In recognition of 90 years of service to Rabun County and the Lake Burton Community

Board of Directors Award
2018 Recipient- Bob Cowhig 
In recognition for many years of devoted service, leadership, and support while serving on the Lake Burton Fun Run Board

The Fun Run course runs southbound along the shores of Lake Burton on GA Hwy 197, starting at the pavilion in Moccasin Creek State Park and ending at LaPrade’s Marina.

Seventy-eight volunteers manned this year’s race. Proceeds from the entry fees will go to benefit three Lake Burton Volunteer Fire Departments, Rabun Search & Rescue and the Rabun Sheriff’s Canine Corp.

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