Thousands turn out for Macon Labor Day race | News
For thirty-eight years, pavement warriors have joined Macon's annual Labor Day Road Race.
This year, about 2,250 participants sweated it out, finish line in sight.
The races included a 5K, 10K, and one mile fun run.
All groups met when they crossed the finish line at Central City Park.
Karen Fauer came in second place in the 70-74 age category for the 10K race.
"You want to go so fast across that finish line, because everyone is watching you, and you have a hard time putting one foot in front of the other at that point," she says. "But once you cross it, it's a good feeling... a feeling of accomplishment."
For her, it is an event that brings the whole family together.
Even though her children live in different states, for the last three years, they have congregated at her house and made this Macon race a tradition.
Stephanie Johnson likes to see the spectrum of runners that make it out each year.
"It gives me inspiration to see all age groups out here from small all the way up to their late eighties still out here having fun," Johnson says.
Mason Smith, for example, is only eleven, and he set a state record in his age group for his 5K time of 17 minutes and 56 seconds.
"Most 11 year olds can't do that!" he exclaims.
If you didn't do it this year, Fauer says to set your sights on next Labor Day.
"Just get off the couch and try it," she advises. "You don't have to run it, just walk it. Walk, run, do whatver you can, just move."
"Why just sit around and eat chips all day when you can be productive?" adds her 10-year-old grandson, Connor.
For some, the race is about the competition...
"Lace up your shoes, because there's no way you're going to beat me," Smith says about his competitors
For others, it is not about the medal or the trophy, but just getting out and enjoying the race.
"This is a good way to socialize and have fun, and at the same time, be healthy," says Johnson.
For anyone brave enough to take on the hills in the heat, the day was a success.