Flashy Nation got super response

The New Day Flashy Nation 5K not only brought superheroes out in hordes, but plenty of mortals ran too. 

The run from Holiday Inn on Sunday had a superheroes theme which generated a great response, but Jason Saunders did not feel it necessary to don a cape because he flew around the course anyway to win ahead of Batman, Robin, Superman, The Incredibles, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Spiderman and others.  

All took time out from helping to save the world to contribute to a this fundraising event for Flashy Nation coffers.  

The course was actually slightly short of 5K, which Saunders ran in 16 minutes 19 seconds. Toby Muchene was second and Derek Larner third. Rich Karupa came fourth and Hayden Isbister fifth.  

Fastest female was Simone Waights, 14th overall, and Christine Connor was second, 18th overall. Emily Davies was third and 20th to finish. 

There were 107 entrants, and in the kids’ race afterward, around 20 competed over the short course of a couple of hundred meters. Kiran Conolly-Basdeo was the winner, Alex Priestley second and Jordan Waights, Simone’s son, third.  

DJ Evans was one of the organizers of this second annual event. “It went great,” he said. “It was an awesome event. We didn’t expect to see so many to turn out in this theme and we’re looking forward to next year with another theme.” 

Evans wore a sombrero as a Mexican entrepreneur, having washed his Green Lantern costume the day before and destroyed it.  

Kendall Ebanks, world class boxer and fitness trainer, was a co-organizer. He wore an Uncle Sam outfit. “I didn’t come as Muhammad Ali or Sugar Ray Leonard because that would have been too obvious,” he said. “I felt like coming out in something that people didn’t expect, and Uncle Sam was the man.  

“Next year we want to double or even triple the numbers. Thank you everyone who came out in costumes. We greatly appreciate you coming.”  


Some runners had incredible costumes.

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