American Heritage Girls Troop hosts successful 5K fundraiser

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On Saturday, October 28, families gathered at Oakboro District Park for the American Heritage Girls Stars and Stripes 5K and 1 mile fun run. The atmosphere was festive with music, face painting, snow cones and patriotic red, white and blue decorations as the girls welcomed runners and walkers to the race.

The event kicked off with a 1 mile fun run around the park. The fun run finish was close with the first and second place runners just seconds apart. Levi Lloyd finished in first place with Benjamin Dales following in a close second place. Brooke Hodson finished in third place. Prizes were given for top finishers and every participant received a star shaped medal.

Following the fun run, attendees gathered for the 5K race opening ceremony. The colors were presented by members of the West Stanly High School JROTC with AHG Pioneer Kristen Hallenbeck holding the American Heritage Girls flag. AHG Patriot Cheyenne McGhee sang the National Anthem. Opening remarks were given by AHG Troop Coordinator Janet Westbrook followed by a prayer and blessing given by Pastor Jody Wetta of Berea Baptist Church.

The 5K route took runners on a wooded trail around the park and lake. The overall top male 5K finisher was Josh Harwood with a time of 21:05. Mikhaila Hadnagy was the overall top female 5K finisher with a time of 23:22.

The event concluded with raffle prizes and an awards ceremony.

American Heritage Girls is a national character development organization for girls. The AHG Mission Statement is “Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country.”

“Everything we do touches on one or more of those four things,” said AHG Troop Coordinator Janet Westbrook referring to the Mission Statement.

“It’s a great group of leaders, great families, great girls… We do a lot for our community and we’re a very patriotic group,” she added.

The Christ-centered scouting-type program teaches life skills, builds leadership skills and confidence, develops character and teaches girls more about God. Girls complete badge work and community service hours individually and as a troop.

The Stars and Stripes 5K and 1 mile fun run was a fundraiser for AHG Troop 0148. The troop earned approximately $3800 from the event which was enough to pay troop dues for every girl member and provide funds for troop activities throughout the year.

The troop will give back to the community in many ways using the funds from the event including a veteran’s appreciation dinner, gifts for the elderly at Christmas and flags to give out at Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day. Race proceeds will also help to offset camping costs, uniforms and parade costs. The troop hopes to make the race an annual fundraiser.

“The race was a great success. I thought it was a fun day,” said Westbrook.

AHG Troop NC0148 extends their thanks to Tracy Reed, AHG Patriot Joy Reed and family for their many hours of work coordinating the race. A special thanks also goes to the Hallenbeck family for designing the logo for the race t-shirt and to KS Lane Screen Graphics for printing the shirts.

The troop also extends their appreciation to the following race sponsors: All Truss, LLC; Albemarle Paper Supply; Just Scrolling Along Creations; Mac Grafix; Trinity Place Albemarle; The Eagles Nest; Seven Oaks Supply Company; Gold’s Gym; Morton’s Custom Cycle; Nikki Asian Bistro; Sweet Sister’s Treats Bakery and Catering; Walter Printing; Jason E. Martin, DDS, PA; Watson Wheels; KS Lane Screen Graphics; Hoopexpression; SweetFrog; Stanly County Gymnastics; Honeycutts Automotive; Stanly Interiors; Coach’s Grill; The Wayside Family Restaurant; Massage Envy Spa; Cabarrus Import; First Bank; and Team Bethany.

AHG Troop NC0148 meets on first, third and fifth Thursdays from 3:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Berea Baptist Church in Stanfield. The troop currently has 32 girl members representing 24 families. Girls ages 5-18 are welcome to participate in the AHG Program. For more information about the troop, contact Troop Coordinator Janet Westbrook at For more information about American Heritage Girls, visit

5K Male Results:

Overall top male finisher: Josh Harwood 21:05

13 and under: 1st Place – Robbie Dales, 2nd Place – Seth Hodson, 3rd Place – Paden Hill

14-19: 1st Place – Daniel Beachum, 2nd Place – Graham Eddy, 3rd Place – Andrew Reed

30-39: 1st Place – Phillip Burdge

40-49: 1st Place – Wallace Reed, 2nd Place – David Bickett, 3rd Place – Rocky Ray

50-59: 1st Place – Richard Ferguson, 2nd Place – Larry Hill

5K Female Results:

Overall top female finisher: Mikhaila Hadnagy 23:22

13 and under: 1st Place – Kelly Dales, 2nd Place – Baily Hodson, 3rd Place – Brielle Hodson

14-19: 1st Place – Joy Reed, 2nd Place – Bethany Dales, 3rd Place – Bailey Eddy

20-29: 1st Place – Melissa Hallenbeck

30-39: 1st Place – Liz Eudy, 2nd Place – Natalie Lloyd, 3rd Place – Amy Honeycutt

40-49: 1st Place – Sharon Bickett, 2nd Place – Melissa Cochran

50-59: 1st Place – Marcelle Hadnagy

Runners take off for the 1 mile fun run.
Levi Lloyd (1st place) and Benjamin Dales (2nd place) crossing the finish line for the 1 mile fun run.
The colors were presented by WSHS JROTC with AHG Pioneer Kristen Hallenbeck holding the AHG flag.

Overall 5K winner Josh Harwood
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