Inaugural Pajama Run 5K sees success

Published 8:54 am Friday, January 8, 2021

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Saturday, January 2, was a rainy, dreary beginning to the New Year. However, the bad weather didn’t stop a group of runners from going out and supporting a good cause. Last Saturday was the first 5K Pajama Run and 1K Family Run/Walk hosted by New Foundations Family Services. The run served as a fundraiser for the organization, with $35 per runner for the 5K run, $20 per runner or $50 for a family of 4 in the 1K family run, and $40 per runner for those who registered on the day of the race.

According to Dr. Sharon Sirmons, co-founder of New Foundations, the run has been planned since Veteran’s Day of last year. However, they’ve already begun to lay plans for next year’s run.

“New Foundations Family Services Inc. is excited to already be looking forward to the next run,” Sirmons told The Post-Searchlight. “Our January 8, 2022, Pajama Run 5K and 1K Family Fun Run/Walk will have start times the same as this year’s. The theme is ‘The Challenge.’ The runners of this year’s run are to challenge a friend to begin training with them to run with them next year.”

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The winners of this year’s run are: Overall male, Walker Elrod at 20:39; overall female, Suzanne Angell at 28:26; first in the 13-19 range was Kent Grayson; first in the 30-39 range was Bridget Harrell, second was Benny Harrell, and third was Crystal Sekula; first in 40-49 was JJ Widener, second was Ryan Branch, and third was Lauren Harrell; and first in 50-59 was Mike Reeves.

Overall, the run raised $2,200 for New Foundations, from donations and sponsors, in addition to runner’s fees. These funds are slated to help New Foundation’s Mental Health Center, and cover start-up costs for New Foundation’s Men’s Transition Center.

For more information on New Foundations, their services and run plans, you can contact Dr. Sirmons at