It was all trots and treats at the Trick or Trot 5K in Waynesboro on Saturday morning.
Superheroes and even two flamingos showed up to participate in the 5K. However, the 5K was just the start of the event with live music, drinks and food available in a festival area after. The race and festival was at Plaza Azteca, and benefited the Waynesboro First Aid Crew.
Stephanie Cario of Bridgewater finished the course in 23.27.09 to win the women's race, followed by Romina Ornelas (24:22.55) and Hersha Morris (24:56.05).
In the men's race, Keith Ramsey of Waynesboro finished in 23:08.25 to finish first, followed by Andrew Lightner (23:21.43) and Matthew Egeli (23:57.76).
Dressed as pink flamingos, Gabriela Deering, of Stuarts Draft, and Heather Ramsey, of Waynesboro, won the best costume award.
Chris Ornelas, manger and owner of Plaza Azteca, said he’s always wanted to have a 5K and utilize the field near the back of the property. And because he enjoys rasing money for organizations in the area, Ornelas combined the two and came up with the Trick or Trot 5K.
“We’ve been here seven years now, so I’ve always enjoyed doing stuff that helps the community and giving back to the community,” he said. “What [the First Aid Crew] does is important. I do a lot with donations, but I wanted to have something bigger.”
With the First Aid Crew relying on donations, the fundraiser was appreciated by the Waynesboro First Aid Crew.
“It’s a fun event,” said Susan Sweet, Vice President at the First Aid Crew. “We wanted it to be a community event for everyone to come up, have fun and celebrate Halloween with us.”
With the First Aid Crew relying on donations, the fundraiser was appreciated by the Waynesboro First Aid Crew .
Members of the First Aid Crew are both paid and volunteer. Donations help them pay for vehicles, uniforms, training, equipment and more.
“You have the First Aid Crew, the city police and the fire department,” she said. “The police and fire department are city agencies and city funded. We are independent. We have to make sure we generate our own income.”
Ornelas said he hopes to make the event an annual one.