2019 EvaBank Midnight Run sees best turnout in years

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Runners and spectators enjoy the neon glow party at this year's EvaBank Midnight Run 5K (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

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CULLMAN, Ala. – Friday night provided great conditions for the 2019 EvaBank Midnight Run 5K and it certainly showed when the crowd of runners lined up for this year’s event. More than 400 runners registered for this year’s 5K but many more showed up at the starting line to participate by the time midnight rolled around.

The event helps support Cullman Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism’s yearly projects and activities and CPRST Executive Director Nathan Anderson was happy to see another great turnout from the community.

“This is a great event and we couldn’t do it without EvaBank, they’re awesome and have really helped us out. We just want the community to have fun, come out and do something healthy and enjoy a fun atmosphere,” Anderson said. “We have an incredible team and this year it was led by Jordan Rodriguez and she did a great job on this event. We’re very proud of this setup, it’s the best look we’ve had so far so I’m really excited about this year. This is the strongest crowd I’ve seen in over five years; this is a really good turnout.”

Rodriguez, programs and events coordinator with CPRST, touched on some of the new additions to this year’s race but also noted that with the consistent success of the event, they’re really just building what they’ve done.

“We’ve tried to add obviously more glow stuff and tried to add more lights, more powder and more runners apparently,” Rodriguez joked. “I think that’s all we’ve tried to add. We’ve really just built on a good event and we did try to light up our finish line this year. That’s one thing new from last year where we’re trying to light it up so people can see it and have a cheering section as they come through the finish line.”

Rodriguez and the team did even more work this year when it came to reaching out and recruiting runners and based on Friday night’s turnout, it looks like they were able to cover a lot of ground.

“We love the support from the community, EvaBank is awesome and we’ve both been out trying to get people here,” Rodriguez said. “We tried to reach more schools for this year from places like Huntsville and we even sent out registration forms to Tuscaloosa and the Birmingham area, so we’ve been trying to reach a lot more people.”

Anderson and the rest of the CPRST staff are always excited for this annual event not only because of the support it shows from the community, but because it’s a great chance to get out and be active as a community as well.

“It’s awesome to see everyone come out and do something healthy together,” Anderson said. “At midnight, this time of year, it’s a perfect time to be out here so it’s just been great.”

Overall

  • Male: Will Thompson – 16:41.7
  • Female: Angel Mobley – 18:39.3

Masters

  • Male: Pedro Bahena – 18:13.7
  • Female: Danielle Aldridge

Age Divisions

  • Male
    • 0-8
      • Asher Sandlin – 37:14.9
      • Collin Kent – 55:41.6
    • 9-14
      • Ethan Edgeworth – 17:48.7
      • John Luke Stovall – 20:29.9
      • Brody Belcher 20:38.5
    • 15-19
      • Will Thompson – 16:41.7
      • Tanner King – 16:42.8
      • Nick Wood – 17:21.1
    • 20-24
      • Joe McCaffrey – 20:02.9
      • Jonathan Hubbert – 20:29.1
      • Walker Caretti – 20:55.3
    • 25-29
      • Thomas Moss – 20:54.5
      • Cory Hall – 22:18.6
      • Justin Self – 23:25.9
    • 30-34
      • Ben Eubanks – 20:43.4
      • Casey Harbin – 21:18.8
      • Jacob Nelson – 22:48.3
    • 35-39
      • Eric Davis – 23:15.3
      • Dustin Naramore – 23:51.0
      • Jonathan Armstrong – 24:41.3
    • 40-44
      • Pedro Bahena – 18:39.3
      • Jeremy Stidham – 21:30.6
      • Zane Barnett – 23:36.7
    • 45-49
      • Dan Bennetti – 21:32.8
      • Larry Deaton – 24:26.0
      • Jay Page – 25:07.0
    • 50-54
      • Jeff Clark – 19:26.7
      • Craig Adkins – 21:59.5
      • Milan Fortner – 28:50.0
    • 55-59
      • Tony Crider – 25:52.0
    • 60-64
      • Teddy Dale – 25:04.2
      • Carlos Kingston – 55:42.9
    • 65-69
      • Barry Ege – 21:05.3
      • Jerome Stidham – 25:30.0
      • Eddie Lewis – 28:17.1
    • 70 & up
      • Terry Lowery – 30:14.7
  • Female
    • 0-8
      • None
    • 9-14
      • Reagan Parris – 23:50.0
      • Madilyn Kerber – 23:50.1
      • Ciara Calvert – 25:20.0
    • 15-19
      • Leahrose Mami – 18:57.9
      • Camilla Chambers – 20:25.8
      • Bernarda Tizapa – 20:51.3
    • 20-24
      • Angel Mobley – 18:39.3
      • Logan Ayers – 23:14.3
      • Elizabeth Baumbach – 23:22.9
  • 25-29
    • Nina Mills – 22:54.4
    • Jessi Ellis – 24:05.4
    • Caycee Overton – 30:56.1
    • 30-34
      • Bethany Story – 25:30.9
      • Halli Melton – 30:01.1
      • Jordan Burns – 30:04.8
    • 35-39
      • Emily Carroll – 24:19.9
      • Katie Stidham – 24:22.6
      • Rachel Wyatt – 31:49.0
    • 40-44
      • Danielle Aldridge – 24:13.2
      • Leslie Putman – 24:15.4
      • Sarah Brewer – 29:50.8
    • 45-49
      • Michelle Morring – 26:51.6
      • Tracy Langseth – 35:59.0
      • Wendy Brooks – 38:09.1
    • 50-54
      • Michele Weathers – 29:09.4
      • Cindy Harper – 35:28.9
      • Wendy Crider – 36:42.2
    • 55-59
      • Elaine Sillivant – 24:23.9
      • Maria Wood – 25:14.1
      • Tammy Baker – 31:04.7
    • 60-64
      • Kathy Elliot – 32:34.0
      • Linda Johnson – 56:45.0
    • 65-69
      • Dian Scott – 44:28.7
    • 70 & up
      • None

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