AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A lot of events have changed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but on Sunday, Austintown Professional Firefighters were able to organize an in-person race event.
It was the first ever Axe Run 5k being put on by the Austintown Professional Firefighters.
The race began at the Austintown 9/11 Memorial Park.
It’s a 5k run or walk and there were three different heats that went off every half hour beginning at 9 a.m. to ensure social distancing.
Runners were also asked to wear a face covering until the race began.
“It’s awesome. It kind of feels like a little bit of a step to get back to normal. Second Sole who’s doing our timing, they said this is the first timed race they had since March, so it’s pretty cool that we get to be the first. We worked with them and the Mahoning County Board of Health to make sure we were doing this the right way to make sure we could have a pretty cool even this year,” said Tom Metzinger, chair member of Axe Run 5K.
A portion of the proceeds from the race benefit Austintown sports and local charities.