Covered Bridge 5K Run/3K Walk raises nearly $13,000 for Sycamore Shoals Hospital


ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. – The Covered Bridge 5K Run/3K Walk on Saturday, June 14, drew more than 400 people to the streets of downtown, and the result was a women’s 5K course record and nearly $13,000 raised for the Sycamore Shoals Hospital Foundation to refurbish its medical wing.

The 5K had 358 finishers and the 3K walk drew 79. They finished by going through the famous Covered Bridge over the Doe River. The event was in conjunction with the downtown Covered Bridge Festival.

“We had a beautiful day and a great turnout for the event, and we raised money that will benefit our patients and their families,” said Karen Clark, director for Fund Development at the Mountain States Foundation. “I want to thank everyone who supported us, and especially the race committee. I’m very proud of them for the great job they did.”

The overall winner was Tyerell Hughes, who ran 17:40 to win by a full minute. Maddison Melchionna, fifth overall, was the women’s winner in a course record 18:57. The top finishers in the 3K Walk were Joe Bainbridge and Michael Taylor in 18:11. Cassandra Bainbridge was top female 3K finisher.

The 5K was part of the CrestPoint Crusaders race series.

Past Covered Bridge races have raised money to refurbish the Sycamore Shoals Hospital ICU/Surgery waiting area, purchase equipment for the Chest Pain Center and make other improvements for patient care and family support areas of the hospital.

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