Despite the hot summer temperatures, 761 people participated in the 37th annual Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce's Garden Spot 5K Run and Walk.

"It was a great crowd, we are thrilled," said Sally Maloney, president of the Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce.

Franklin-Simpson Wildcats' Cross Country runners Jaydee DeGraffenreid and Hayden Minnicks were Simpson County's overall winners in the 5K Run. DeGraffenreid ran a time of 21 minutes and 47 seconds while Minnicks ran a time of 20 minutes and 20 seconds.

"[This] is my third year winning female," DeGraffenreid said. "It feels really good."

DeGraffenreid not only won overall female for Simpson County she also placed first in her age group.

The overall winners of the 5K Run were a father and daughter duo of Jef and Ciara Scott from Bowling Green. Jef finished with a time of 16 minutes and 15 seconds while Ciara finished with a time of 18 minutes and 41 seconds.

Simpson County's overall winners for the 5K Walk were Taran Kriser and Nathan Neal.

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Kriser walked a time of 39 minutes and 27 seconds and Neal finished with a time of 35 minutes and 57 seconds.

Neal said he felt really good about winning Simpson County's overall male. The past few years he has run the 5k, but this year decided to walk instead.

"I think it was a lot harder to walk then it was to run," Neal said. "It's a lot longer, so you have to get through it."

Neal along with Echo Ferguson of Russellville were the overall winners of the 5K Walk as Ferguson finished with a time of 39 minutes and 26 seconds.

Lincoln Elementary won the School Challenge with 75 participants with All About You at Harvey's Gym winning the Community Challenge with 43 participants. The Church Challenge was won by Sulphur Springs Baptist Church with 31 participants with Franklin Bank and Trust Company won the Industry with under 100 participants Award with 31 and Franklin Precision Industry winning the Industry with over 100 Participants Award with 113.

Everyone praised the course set for the 5K walk and run. Neal said he has only participated in one other 5K race, but the Garden Spot course is his favorite.

The Chamber held their ½ mile Moo Run for children took place on Aug. 9 with 28 children participating ranging in ages from toddler to 10-years-old.

Darla Knight, a board member of the Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce, said they had a good crowd for the run with many parents and grandparents coming out to cheer their child on.

The Garden Spot 5K Run and Walk's primary sponsor is The Medical Center at Franklin Rehabilitation Services and Chaney's Dairy Barn and contributing sponsors were Citizens First Bank, The City of Franklin, Franklin Bank and Trust Company, Franklin Favorite, Franklin Precision Industry, F-S Industrial Authority, Harman, Kentucky Downs, Legacy Group Properties, Price Less IGA, Simpson County Fiscal Court, South Central Bank and Wilkins Eye Care.

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