September's Albion 5K Kicks off on Festival of the Forks Opening Day

September's Albion 5K Kicks off on Festival of the Forks Opening Day

Albion, Michigan
Provided by Albion 5K

ALBION, MI--The 47th Annual Festival of The Forks is a two-day, non-stop festival of food, fun, shopping, and music in downtown Albion, Michigan. The festivities began on Friday, September 20th, and the Albion 5K race was there to help get things moving.

Eighty-seven runners took their place at the starting line to compete in this annual event. The route took runners down Superior Street past vendors and spectators before eventually crossing the Kalamazoo River.

“This is our second year organizing this fundraising event, and we had quite a few repeat runners,” said race director Dave Parham. “It’s a race with a great, family-friendly atmosphere.”

After completing the race, runners were able to check out the celebration of local businesses and artists in downtown Albion including a spaghetti dinner, lobster bash, live music, pet show, and an auto show.

Evans Kirwa came in first place overall with a time of 16:17. In second place for the race overall and male overall was Jacob Korir with a time of 16:26. Aaron Usher took third place, running a time of 17:12.

The first and second place female runners were separated by only 26 seconds. Jenny Robinson finished with a time of 20:01. Josephine Weeden finished with a time of 20:27. Chris Vincent took third place in the female overall, ending with a time of 20:33.

The winner of the male masters was Dan Dixon, and the winner of the female masters was Josephine Weeden. Their times were 17:37 and 20:27 respectively.