Clarksville, TN – Hundreds of runners were presented with rare perfect conditions for running this past Saturday, just in time for Clarksville’s annual Queen City Road Race, a 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run that traverses the streets of Downtown Clarksville.
“This year’s turnout was huge,” Clarksville Parks and Recreation’s Rob Rayburn said. “The weather was perfect. We could not have asked for a better race day. Everyone seemed really happy. We had more than 700 people at this year’s race. And, we are very pleased with those numbers because we were competing with the Music City Marathon.”
Queen City Road Race is usually held a week after Nashville’s famous marathon, but a larger than normal APSU graduating class has forced administrators to add a third ceremony to this year’s commencement schedule, which will take place Saturday, May 4th, 2019.
Clarksville Parks and Recreation’s Jennifer LeTourneau echoed Rayburn’s comments.
“We were definitely blessed with great weather,” LeTourneau said. “This year, we are seeing a lot of folks we haven’t seen in the past. We have a big group from Mann, Smith & Cummings Insurance, and we still have several groups of students representing our local schools.
“The change of date created some challenges, but it has really worked out for us.”
Queen City Road Race’s course was similar to that of previous years. Runners say it is flat and fast. Those characteristics, coupled with moderate temperatures and low humidity, led to some strong finish times.
Austin Peay State University (APSU) Cross Country Team members Nash Young and Joseph Redman finished 1st and 2nd at Saturday’s race. Young crossed the line at 16m57s, Redman finished close behind at 17m01s. Clarksville’s A.J. Haynes rounded out the Men’s top 3 with a time of 17m53s.
Queen City Road Race 2019’s top female finishers include 1st Place – Lisa Carlock – 20m00s, 2nd Place – Jill Standley – 20m58s, and 3rd Place Kerby Harpst – 21m37s.
For a complete list of Saturday’s results, go to: www.amatteroftiming.com/results/event_result_page/338
Rayburn wanted to give special thanks to this year’s major event sponsor, Northcrest Medical Center.
For more information on upcoming Clarksville Parks and Recreation events, go to www.cityofclarksville.com
Queen City Road Race Photo Gallery
About the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department
The Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of recreational facilities and activities for all ages, maintains more than 700 acres of parks and facilities, provides 22 park facilities that offer a variety of amenities, including playgrounds, picnic areas, walking trails and pavilions or picnic shelters and maintains three community centers with year-round programming for youth, adults and seniors, as well as four public swimming pools
The Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department is located at 102 Public Square, Clarksville.
To learn more call 931.645.7476.