Carlos Cruz wins Jingle Bell 5K Run

Carlos Cruz from Gilmore High School in Georgia was the winner of the first Jingle Bell Run sponsored by the United Way of Rhea County in Downtown Dayton , Tennessee on Saturday, December 2nd.(Photo:GaryBolden/RheaReview)

Initial Jingle Bell Run benefits United Way

December 2, 2017

Dayton, Tn —  Carlos Cruz was the overall winner in the first running of the Jingle Bell Run on Saturday.  Cruz who is high school student in Georgia, but lived in Rhea County for a year as youth.  The run proceeds went to benefit the United Way of Rhea County.

Carlos, a senior in High School runs track for Gilmore High School in Georgia.  He runs as many 5K runs as he can.  He is looking to run a half Marathon in Chattanooga in January before attacking his first full marathon in April, down in Savannah, Georgia.

Carlos said, “I began running at 11 and I would go everywhere.  It is really fun.”

“My goal to to break 3 hours in the Marathon.”

If he breaks 3 hours his time  would meet qualication standards for the Boston Marathon.

United Way of Rhea County Director Christine Ralph said, “We are thankful for all those who came out to run today to benefit the United Way.”

“My volunteers worked hard to get the run together and we learned a few things that we can do better next year.  We want this run to become a holiday tradition here in Rhea County.”


Carlos CruzM16:46:00
Chris SimmonsM19:51:00
Charles WebbM20:34:00
Sarah FergesonF25:18:00
Dayna SmithF25:54:00
Bradley ClarkM27:44:00
Kristine FrailingF29:52:00
Mary WenischenkF30:08:00
Debbie CarterF30:30:00
John MayfieldM30:49:00
Hallie DearmanF34:25:00
Anna PriceF34:29:00
Cindy HortonF34:29:00
Connie SneedF35:26:00
Meghan MaddusF36:05:00
Annita RogersF37:47:00
Shanta ClarkF38:58:00
Anneke WilkeyF38:59:00
Carrill TelferF40:55:00
Michele Baker-LindsayF40:55:00
Bonnie MorrowF47:19:00
Cassidy NealF47:35:00
Amber NealF47:44:00


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