Nick Whited

Nick Whited was the inaugural winner of the Great Richlands Road Race.

RICHLANDS, Va. — A familiar face won the inaugural Great Richlands Road Race.

Nick Whited, a veteran of the running circuit covered the route in 19:37 and earned a lump of coal for his efforts. The race had a coal and railroad theme and Whited, and female overall winner Kelli Orr, each took a home trophy carved from coal.

Mark Bunker and Cody Puckett followed 40-year-old Whited across the line in second and third respectively.

Orr, 34, was ninth overall and Nicole Fields was 10th overall and second among the females. Sommer Minor, 33, a local hair salon owner, was third overall among the females.

The race drew 83 runners and a dozen walkers. The runners ranged in age from 71-year-old Curtis Akard to 4- year-old Trian Pham.

The race was sponsored by Clinch Valley Health, Richlands Recreation Department and Clinch River Kiwanis. All proceeds went to the recreation department’s summer camps. In addition to the proceeds from the race, Clinch Valley Health gave the department $2,000.

Clinch Valley’s CEO Peter Mulkey presented the check to Assistant Recreation Director Jessica Reynolds in honor of the 20th anniversary of the hospital’s parent company.

“We are delighted to celebrate LifePoint Health’s 20th anniversary in our community with a donation to Richlands Recreation Park,” Mulkey, said. “LifePoint was founded on the idea that everyone deserves quality healthcare close to home and that strong hospitals create strong communities. We are proud to be part of the LifePoint family and excited to continue our legacy of high quality, community-based care in Southwest Virginia for years to come.”

The planning committee is already making plans for next year’s race.

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