GODFREY — In its fifth year, the Alton Optimist Earth Day 5K continues to gain momentum with 99 runners participating this year.
Runners and walkers enjoyed a sunny morning April 16 at Glazebrook Park. The leaders of the pack were Andrew Bower, 14, in first place and Carly Keshner, 15, in second place. Participants ranged from age 8 to 60-plus.
While the race was a great time to enjoy exercise and fellowship, the event also is an opportunity to support youths. Funds raised go directly to provide recognition for outstanding students in the Alton School District and college scholarships for students from Alton High School, Marquette Catholic High School and Lewis and Clark Community College.
Alton Optimist members are grateful for the ongoing support of community members and businesses such as Macias Insurance Agency, Carrollton Bank, Nautilus, Johnson’s Corner, Lewis and Clark Community College, Alton High School Redbirds’ Nest, Lonnie’s Nail Spa Limited, BJC Health Care, Dr. Kyle B. Hagen, BonAir and Aramark Food Service, who were all Gold Level Sponsors; and Silver Level Sponsors: 1st Mid America Credit Union, Mac’s Time Out Lounge, Grassroots Grocery, Sierra Club Piasa chapter, Karen Wilson Insurance, CNB Bank & Trust, Maneke Jewelers and Woodman Collision.