All-age track and field meet provides fun times

Wednesday, June 27, the Greater Rockford Area Racing Series (GRARS) hosted its second of four events for the summer in a track and field meet at Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium.

“We had between 65 and 70 competitors ranging from age 3 to 55 competing in events from the shot put to hurdles to the 5,000-meter run with a bunch of other events in between,” said Race Director Benjamin Watson.

In total the event drew over 100 people.

The Betten family formed their own team to run the 4x400 relay and had a great time, certainly making the point that it can be an enjoyable family affair. The Betten children are Courtney, in the leadoff position with the baton, and Gavin, and parents Diana and Steven. They all enjoyed themselves, as they were able to compete in numerous events individually, as well.

Some event winners from the day were 3-year-old Christopher Williams in the age 6 and under 55-meter hurdles with a time of 11.31, Bill Fix in the age 50-59 5,000-meter run with a time of 20:28, Troy Rock in the age 19-29 400-meter dash in 53.08, Rihana Pillow in the age 7-10 800-meter run in 2:51.52, Annalise Elliot in the age 6 and under Frisbee throw in 15’ 10”, and Terrance Love in the age 30-39 shot put in 33’ 5.75”.

“We had a very good turnout in just our second event of the summer, and hopefully people will take advantage of what a wonderful family sport distance running and track and field can be over our two July events,” said Watson.

GRARS is hosting a cross-country 5K at East Rockford Middle School on July 11 with registration starting at 4:45 and race time at 5:30 p.m. Another track and field meet is set for July 25 at the Ted with registration starting at 4:45, field events beginning at 5:30 and running at 6 p.m. Any questions can be answered at bwatson@rockfordschools.org.

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