Awesomesauce Road Race returns to LaGrange

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The 2019 Chick-fil-A Awesomesauce Road Race was held Saturday morning in LaGrange, benefiting the annual Winshape camp.

There were 164 runners in the 5K and 10K combined, plus many others that took part in a 1-mile fun-run. The event was organized by Josh Sells, owner of the Chick-fil-A on Commerce Avenue and Rob Bowman, owner of the Chick-fil-A on Lafayette Parkway and benefits the annual summer camp that takes place at Lafayette Christian School.

“We’ve continued to get more sponsors and bigger groups,” Bowman said. “We moved it to The Thread to incorporate that in it, which is awesome. We liked having The Thread be a part of it since it’s such a big part of this town.”

Winshape camps are for students that just finished kindergarten through students who just finished eighth grade.

Mary Beth Pelt, volunteer coordinator for the camp in LaGrange, said 257 children took part in last year’s camp. She said the goal for this year is to have 320 children take part.

“We have title sponsors and organizations around town that donate money to this race, and we use that money to scholarship students who might otherwise be able to go to camp or need assistance financially with camp,” Pelt said.

The fastest runner in the 10K was Scott Murray, with a time of 43:47. Andrew Hull finished first in the 5K with a time of 16:33.

Many families took part in the race, something Bowman said is important to Chick-fil-A.

“That’s what Chick-fil-A is about, growing families and how important family is. We do a daddy-daughter date night, a mother-son event, the race, the Winshape camp — it’s all revolved around the kids, family and parents,” he said.

Several members of First Baptist Church family ran Saturday in honor of longtime friends Susan Belcher, Austin Belcher and Carol Alvis, who died in a car crash earlier this year.

The 20 or so runners from First Baptist wore shirts picturing the Belchers and Alvin, who regularly ran the race.

“This is in memory of them,” said friend Carol Kilgore.

The Winshape Camp in LaGrange will take place from June 3-7. For more information, go to Pelt said volunteers are always needed.

“With 320 students, we need at least 125 to 150 volunteers to make it happen,” Pelt said.