FIRESTONE — The Full Moon 5K race returned for its second year Sept. 7 with a nearly 50-percent increase in the number of racers completing the course at the Firestone Regional Sports Complex, 6850 Tilbury Ave.
During its inaugural race last year, the Full Moon 5K drew a 195 racers. This year, the number of runners finishing the race was 298.
The Town of Firestone and Anytime Fitness-Firestone partnered to present the five-kilometer run and the accompanying festival.
The race and festival raises money for colon cancer awareness and benefits the Longmont United Hospital Foundation.
There were activities throughout the day, which included a variety of business and nonprofit vendors, fitness activities, health fair screenings, games, face painting, balloons, a caricature artist, inflatables and lots of good food.
Festival goers were also treated to performances from rock band Bailout!, modern country duo Kelly Aspen and Brandon Sipes, and classic rock from Case in Point.
In the race, Rachel Anderson came in first place our of 179 female participants with a time of 21:02. She was followed by Eileen Herbst (22:25), Stephanie Calmeyn (23:45), Linda Kudrna (25:27) and Amy Volk (25:43).
Stephen Karimi came in first out of 119 men with a time of 18:37, followed by David McMillan (18:39), Kyle Hubbart (18:43), Shane Brown (19:57) and PJ Schodt (20:03).
The race is chip timed and full results are available at Firestone’s Facebook page.
Nicole Grine, owner of Anytime Fitness-Firestone, said, “Being a part of the effort to fight back against a disease that affects so many, is an honor. Most of us know someone who has battled cancer, so it is personally touching to celebrate those who are winning the battle against colon cancer and to save more lives by promoting early detection through more education and research.”
The Full Moon 5k was organized by family and friends in honor of Firestone resident Sindy Angelovich, who was diagnosed with colon cancer on Dec. 16, 2011, at the age of 48. She went through surgery that month at Longmont United Hospital to remove a mass from her colon along with 31 lymph nodes. Fortunately, only three of the 31 lymph nodes were compromised with the disease. She went through chemotherapy from January to June 2012 at Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers and continues to fight the good fight with family and friends on her side.