The snow and below freezing temperatures didn’t stop runners from participating in the Race For Grace Friday morning.
More than 60 runners and walkers lined up on Shinnick Street next to Grace United Methodist Church in downtown Zanesville for the Race For Grace. Each runner paid a registration fee and all the money will benefit Grace United Methodist Church.
"Our goal was to start the new year off fresh with a healthy thought, getting back into the swing of a healthy lifestyle and reinvorgating being in touch with our church and the proceeds go to our outreach committee and the projects they do throughout the year," says Bob Moon, one of the Race For Grace organizers.
The first place winner received a gift card from Exxon gas, the second place winner received their registration fee back and the third place winner received two chocolate covered apples. Amy Cuffee finished first place for women and says a simple strategy helped her to win.
"Strategy was just to go out there and run as hard as I could the whole time, so try to catch the person in front of me," says Cuffee.
She says it was hard to run in the cold, but she finished the 5k race in around 20 minutes. This is the second year Grace United Methodist Church has held the Race For Grace.