An event record 500 registrations (407 crossing the finish line) made for a successful Ninth Annual Booby Bolt 5k event last Saturday in Pleasant View to help raise awareness for breast cancer.
This year’s event honored Lori Stone who died from the disease in 2016. Stone taught for more than 20 years at Ashland City Elementary School and her family chose to have her Celebration of Life there.
Her two daughters, Melanee Rachel Stone and Malori Walsh, paid tribute to their mother in the pre-race celebration at Balthrop Park, with a description of her character reflected in a moving piece based on Biblical scripture from the epilogue of Proverbs 31, which is referred to as “The wife of noble character,” which was used to describe their mother as having “strength and dignity” as her clothing, reaching out for the poor and those in need, and “teaching kindness on her tongue.”
Darrin Denney of Pleasant View, who served as host for the event, introduced the parade of breast cancer survivors that ranged from those currently undergoing treatment to Betty Choate-Ezell of Pleasant View who is celebrating 17 years of being cancer free.
At the starting point for the race on Pleasant View Road in front of Pleasant View Elementary School, was a swirling sea of pink-wearing participants of all ages.
Pink Out For Hope president Amy Douglas is a 12-year survivor of breast cancer. Board member Shirley Bradley is also a breast cancer survivor whose mother was a 19-year survivor of breast cancer.
Walsh paid tribute to her mother’s journey and place in her life.
“My mom was the brightest light in some of the county’s darkest places,” Walsh said. “I remember, when I was younger, seeing her heartbroken for a family in our community. She got Melanee and I in the car and we went to buy groceries for this family who was in need. As a family who never had an extra abundance of money, Mom was always the first to buy groceries, shoes, clothes, and several time Christmas gifts for families in need.
“The love that she had for this community and every student ever to walk through her door was extravagant. Mom loved with a heart bigger than anyone I’ve ever known. Some of my favorite memories with her are memories of giving and laughing. She fought a hard fight, and almost won. We know that God’s plans are bigger than ours, and when Mom saw heaven, she received an amazing prize. I’m so humbled to live in a community that memorializes her sparkle.”
BOOBY BOLT 5K
Top finishes for the Booby Bolt 5K:
First overall/top male finisher: Jake Goquen (Adams), 21 minutes, 27 seconds.
Second overall: Jesse Holt (Ashland City), 21:41.
Third overall: Jake Bumpus (Ashland City), 21:55.
Top female finisher: Casey Davis (Ashland City), 22:42.
Top senior finisher: John Binkley, 62, (Joelton), 23:03.