1st Annual Glow & Go Aquathlon Honors Fred Birchmore

October 22nd, 2013 | By Gary No Comments

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By Jessica Cooper,
executive director, Mulherin Foundation

More than 60 participants competed recently in the 1st Annual Fred Birchmore Glow & Go Aquathlon benefiting the Mulherin Foundation at Bishop Park. The event brought in nearly $10,000 for the Mulherin Foundation’s Resource Assistance Program, which will help fund a Teaching Kitchen at Mercy Health Center. The race included a 200-yard swim and 2K run for kids 12 and under as well as a 400-yard swim and 4K run for anyone 13 and older.

Fred Birchmore, who passed away last year at age 100, was known for his bicycle trip around the world, so it would not have been a true Fred Birchmore event without a cycling element. Jeff Rapp, Adult Division participant, surprised the crowd by completing the four-lap loop through Bishop Park – including hills – on a unicycle!

The evening included a presentation to the Birchmore family and an awards ceremony at the post-race celebration. Representing the family, Willa Deane Birchmore, Danny Birchmore, and Linda (Birchmore) Musick accepted a portrait of Fred, drawn by Matthew Ashburn and presented by the Mulherin Foundation. Danny Birchmore gave the opening prayer and also participated in the race portion of the evening.

Four designated “Birchmore Buddies” competed as exhibition participants with the kids in the Junior Division:  Adam Nelson, former Olympic shot putter; Jim Flannery, project director of Four Athens and co-founder of Dealmobs; Cullen Goss, Southeast Region Junior Elite Triathlon team member; and Allie Dominicalli,
Athens Bulldog Swim Club swimmer.

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Glow & Go Winners include
Aidan Landrum (Overall Male – Junior Division)
McKenzie Klinck (Overall Female – Junior Division)
Joel Landrum (Overall Male – Adult Division)
and Niki Spear (Overall Female – Adult Division)
Complete race results and event photos can be found at www.GlowGoAthens.com.

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