Clarksville community races for a good cause

100+ runners helped raise approximately $3,000 for the APSU cross country and track team at the ClarksVegas 10k/5k fundraiser race on Saturday./Philip Sparn

Philip Sparn reporting

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – More than one hundred members of the Clarksville community ran in the ClarksVegas 10k/5k Fitness Fest Run fundraiser race on Saturday morning.

The ClarksVegas fundraise race raised an estimated $3,000 and all of the proceeds went to the Austin Peay track and cross country teams.

The 10k, 5k and one-mile race started at Governors Stadium and the course travelled all over the APSU campus, ending in front of the Red Barn.

Frank Bwambale, an active duty soldier at Fort Campbell, won the 10k (6.2 mile) race in 36 minutes and 42 seconds and had a fun time running.

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“Everyone was supportive, the weather was good,” said Bwambale. “And, it was all for a great cause.”

Carolyn Pollack said the race course was hard and hilly but she enjoyed doing it for the good cause.

“I would do it again and again, even though it was really hard,” said Pollack. “I love that the money raised is going to Austin Peay track and cross country.”

Sandy Haycraft was running in her first competitive 5k race and had a good time.

“The hills were pretty tough,” said Haycraft. “But, it was very fun.”

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Gary Mathews Chrysler Dodge and Jeep was on hand and supplied a 2012 Dodge Challenger pace-car to help lead the runners throughout the race course.

The race kicked off the ESPN Clarksville Fitness Fest, which is an annual festival that focuses on health and fitness for the entire family.

The Fitness fest hosted dozens of vendors and activities that promoted living healthier and the fundraiser race help set the mood for that theme.

To see photos from ESPN Clarksville’s Fitness Fest click here.

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Photos by Philip Sparn |