The Fresh 15 went off without a hitch this past Saturday.
A total of 3,359 runners took to the pavement and donated their time and efforts to four worthy charities. A final breakdown for participants is 1,321 runners for the 15K, 1,714 runners for the 5K. And 324 children ran the 1K. Approximately 50 percent of the runners were Tylerties. The other half, which included some 30 elite runners, represented other communities throughout Texas, 13 states and two countries.
Around 500 volunteers donated their time to event Saturday morning. The economic impact of the race to Tyler is estimated between $150,000 and $200,000. This year's event hosted a "Project Green" recycling team recycled an estimated 5,000 pounds of boxes, papers, and plastic all generated by the Fresh 15.
More than $130,000 was raised for charity and a check presentation is scheduled for March 19 at 10 a.m. at Fresh to present the charities with their funds raised from the Fresh 15 race. The exact total is still being counted and totals will be in next week.