Reese, Whitney set new marks at Discover Roanoke 5K

Runners head out from the start line of the eighth annual Discover Roanoke 10K/5K/1-Mile Run on Saturday, April 15, in downtown Roanoke.
Runners head out from the start line of the eighth annual Discover Roanoke 10K/5K/1-Mile Run on Saturday, April 15, in downtown Roanoke. Photo provided.

Tyler Reese and Hanna Whitney were the top male and female finishers, respectively, of the 5K portion of the Discover Roanoke 10K/5K/1 Mile Race, held Saturday, April 15, in downtown Roanoke.

Reese and Whitney both set course records en route to their victories. Reese, a 28-year-old from Paulding, OH, crossed the finish line in 18:32.7. Whitney, a 14-year-old from Roanoke, stepped over the end stripe in 21:31.6.

In the 10K portion of the race, Brad Prather was the male winner while Samantha Chapman was the female victor. Prather, a 45-year-old from Roanoke, clocked in at 34:55.4, while Chapman, a 26-year-old from Indianapolis, stopped the timer in 46:02.7.

The race’s one-mile competition saw Grace Lane finish first among female competitors in a record-setting time. The 12-year-old from Churubusco came home in 7:48.7.

Sam Double, a 10-year-old from Roanoke, was the one-mile competition’s top male runner, finishing in 8:10.9.

Proceeds from the race benefitted the Roanoke Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization.