|BUNN — The annual 5k event in Bunn is about more than reaching the finish line.
AT THE START. Joshua Nizen, right, prepares to race against, from left, Charlie and Amelia, along with Lucy Ketterer and, back row, Maura Aguirre. (Times photos by Carey Johnson)
Ultimately, the goal is to raise enough funds and awareness to build a park in town.
But it is the Bunn Fun Run, and organizers, runners and others took note of the name.
“I think it’s a great event,” said Becky Berbert, an Apex resident with property at Lake Royale.
She and more than 60 other runners took part in the third annual Bunn Fun Run, which not only raises funds but is designed to draw people to the community.
“I like the small-town atmosphere of this race,” said Berbert, noting she is a regular competitor in the FSSeries, which hosted the event in Bunn.
“Races in some other towns can be stressful, with the crowds and parking (issues),” she said. “This is just fun and it’s a great way to support the town.”
Stephanie and Jimmie Gupton of Kittrell make the run a family affair.
Their children, Carleigh and Nathan, took part in either the one-mile run or the 100-yard dash.
And Lia, 14 months, went along for the ride in a jog stroller.
“It’s a great time and it’s for a good cause,” Stephanie Gupton said.
“And everyone is very friendly, here,” Jimmie Gupton said.
The event drew 62 competitors for the 5k, 32 runners for the one-mile race and dozens for the children’s 100-meter dash.
The top-10 results are as follows:
Jarod Nizen, 18:35;
Asher Queen, 20:44;
Danny Langton, 21:39;
Carey Johnson, 23:01;
Henry Bunn, 24:13;
Travis Smith, 24:46;
Ethan Queen, 25:00;
Andy Darnell, 25:14;
Ted Hudson, 25:33;
Jimmie Gupton, 26:41
Becky Langton, 24:47
Lucille Ketterer, 26:06
Miste Strickland, 27:05
Vicki Nizen, 27:25
Meredith Newman, 28:42
Mackenzie Truelove, 29:07
Brittany Fowler, 30:12;
Becky Berbert, 31:00;
Elizabeth Johnson, 34:46
Payton Tracy, 35:53
• Total results can be found at FSSeries.com.