October 13, 2018
RANDLEMAN, NC – Victory Junction hosted its 13th annual Run to Victory 5K and 10K Run/Walk to support the camp’s mission of serving children with serious illnesses and chronic medical conditions. Around 400 runners and walkers from fifteen states gathered on a beautiful autumn morning at Victory Junction to tackle the scenic course in Randolph County and raise money for a great cause.
This year’s run was originally scheduled to take place on September 15th, but hazardous weather conditions caused by Hurricane Florence forced the event to be rescheduled. Event organizers kept a wary eye on Hurricane Michael as the new date approached, but fortunately the storm blew through quickly without too many adverse effects. A few downed trees and power lines couldn’t stop the fun. Race day dawned clear and chilly with the first hint of the cool fall weather to come.
NASCAR Legend Richard Petty was on hand at the start line to encourage the racers and to drop the ceremonial green flag to kick off the races. As the runners and walkers made their way along the rolling hills of Randleman, 33 people also participated virtually by running or walking in their home towns to raise money for Victory Junction.
Run to Victory veteran Kevin Clark took the overall 10K win, and Stephen Teeter placed first overall in the 5K race. In addition to the competition and camaraderie, the Run to Victory is a special event, thanks to individuals and teams who volunteer their time to raise money for Victory Junction. Top fundraising teams included the 2018 Princesses of North Carolina, Credit Unions Care’s Team Reach, and BPR Properties. Robin Seeley, Emma Kate Harrelson, and Jennifer Garner were the top individual fundraisers. This year’s event raised more than $64,000 to support Victory Junction
On behalf of Victory Junction, event organizer Cathy Davis expressed gratitude to everyone who made the event a success. “Running inspired for kids,” she said. “Thank you to every participant who did just that!”