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Participants compete in Tower Trail 5K

By James Morton

jmorton@civitasmedia.com

Lindsey Barber, 26, of Newnan crosses the finish line to win the women’s division in the Hogansville Tower Trail Walk/Run 5K race Saturday.
http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_WEB101215HogansvilleTowerTrail5k-3.jpgLindsey Barber, 26, of Newnan crosses the finish line to win the women’s division in the Hogansville Tower Trail Walk/Run 5K race Saturday. James Morton | Daily News
A close race ends with 17-year-old Gabriel Liranzo, right, finishing first in the Hogansville Tower Trail Walk/Run 5K race Saturday.
http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_WEB101215HogansvilleTowerTrail5k-2.jpgA close race ends with 17-year-old Gabriel Liranzo, right, finishing first in the Hogansville Tower Trail Walk/Run 5K race Saturday. James Morton | Daily News
One of the participants of the Hogansville Tower Trail Walk/Run 5K race Saturday shows off the bracelet awarded to winners.
http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_WEB101215HogansvilleTowerTrail5k-4.jpgOne of the participants of the Hogansville Tower Trail Walk/Run 5K race Saturday shows off the bracelet awarded to winners. James Morton | Daily News
Ian Dougherty leads the Hogansville Tower Trail Walk/Run 5K at the start of the race Saturday. The annual fundraiser is part of the Hogansville Hummingbird Festival series of events and benefits the nonprofit Hogansville Charitable Trust, which aims to renovate and preserve historic and municipal properties around the city, including the Tower Trail.
http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_WEB101215HogansvilleTowerTrail5k-1.jpgIan Dougherty leads the Hogansville Tower Trail Walk/Run 5K at the start of the race Saturday. The annual fundraiser is part of the Hogansville Hummingbird Festival series of events and benefits the nonprofit Hogansville Charitable Trust, which aims to renovate and preserve historic and municipal properties around the city, including the Tower Trail. James Morton | Daily News

HOGANSVILLE — Twenty three runners ignored gray skies Saturday morning for the Hogansville Tower Trail Run/Walk 5K.

The 5K route included the Tower Trail, which starts behind Hogansville Elementary School and runs to Oak Street, then runners went down Oak Street, downtown Main Street and around one of Hogansville’s oldest residential neighborhoods, according to the Hummingbird Festival website.

Callaway High School student Gabriel Liranzo, 17, took first place for the men’s division in the race. The teen runs cross country for CHS.

Lindsey Barber, 26, of Newnan, won first place for the women’s division.

“I just like to run,” said Barber, who saw the event on the Running in the USA website and decided to attend.

The annual fundraiser is part of the Hogansville Hummingbird Festival series of events and benefits the nonprofit Hogansville Charitable Trust, which aims to renovate and preserve historic and municipal properties around the city, according to the festival website. The charitable trust also spearheaded the Tower Trail project.

Jason Stewart of the Hogansville Charitable Trust said the event usually draws a larger crowd, but the weather and area school’s fall break likely kept attendance down.

Winners of the Tower Trail Run/Walk were awarded a gift certificate and a runner’s bracelet. The bracelet contains vital information in case of an emergency while running.

The Hummingbird Festival is set for Saturday and Sunday in downtown Hogansville. Proceeds from the festival benefit the charitable trust.

— Editor Matthew Strother contributed to this report.

James Morton is a reporter at LaGrange Daily News. He may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2154. Follow him on Twitter at @jmorton_LDN.