Run raises more than $12K

Published 2:04 pm Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sprinting or strolling across the well-known High Bridge and through the High Bridge Trail State Park was all in a morning’s work for the more than 100 runners and walkers who joined the annual Run High Bridge 5K, which took place Saturday.

The event, organized by Cumberland County Public Schools Foundation, Inc. and Centra Southside Community Hospital, raises scholarship funds for graduates of Cumberland County High School.

The event raised more than $12,000 in scholarships this year, according to the Cumberland County Public Schools’ Facebook page.

The 5K started at the Camp Paradise entrance of the High Bridge Trail State Park in Rice, according to information from the school.

Matthew Bapties, 18, of Cumberland, was the quickest in the 5K and won first place in the male category overall, reaching the finish line at 18 minutes and six seconds, according to a result list published by Riverside Runners. Graham Wilkerson, 16, of Crewe, placed second; and Tony Ingram, 16, of Cumberland, placed third.

Sophia Vilar, 21, of North Chesterfield, won first place in the female category overall at 23 minutes and 13 seconds. Susan Bapties, 59, of Cumberland, made second; and Melanie Stoltzfus, 41, of Farmville, took third.

According to the Cumberland County Public Schools Facebook page, other Cumberland residents reaching top marks included Jordan Cooke, 14, placing second in the female age group ages 13-19; Nadia Elasha, 16, placing third in the same category; and Kasie Fowler, 18, placing fifth.