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Thursday evening, the City of Kannapolis and Atrium Health Cabarrus honored the 2019 Run Kannapolis and Loop the Loop Challenge participants during a special ceremony. 

This year 53 people completed all eight of the 5K Run Kannapolis events, which is 20 more than 2018. Approximately 254 people and dogs participated in this year’s Loop the Loop Challenge, which is 104 more than 2018. They walked, biked, swam or ran 36,000 miles. 

Congratulations to the following people who completed all eight 5Ks! We officially call them the beasts because of this amazing accomplishment. They are:

Juan Pablo Bautista Marquez

Rob Bowlin

David Burchett

Caitlin Charles

Zeb Christy

Jonathan Clark

David Clark

Rebecca Clark

Nathan Cook

Raquel Cook

Whitney Cooper

Chase Curlee

Toni Davis

Chad Drake

Bryan Edwards

Sarah Edwards

Angela Ennis

Caroline Fongemy

Alice Graham

Cheri Granillo

Enrique Granillo

Nila Granillo

Jarrett Gresham

Victoria Heater

Jamie Hill

Jennifer Hodgson

Matthew Hopkins

Russ Hoyser

Nelson Lee

Tonya Ligon

Michelle Mikoski

Ricky Mills

Deanna Miltz

Chastity Morgan

Teri Oriole

Elayne Perry

Scott Plunkett

Susan Puckett

Katie Purvis

Sydney Purvis

Daniel Safrit

Gabriel Safrit

Blair Saunders

Joshua Sherrill

Kathryn Sherry

Maryanne Sivers

Vera Smith

Yolanda Smith Torres

Karina Mendoza

Amy Vangundy

David Wilson

Tammy Wilson

Steven Yost

Over 100 people completed at least five of the runs qualifying them to receive commemorative Run Kannapolis medals and prizes during the ceremony. A total of 954 people ran at least one of the races. 

This was the third year for the Loop the Loop Challenge. Loop the Loop is a series of loops around downtown Kannapolis and Kannapolis School facilities that people can walk, bike or run. People were asked to complete at least 150 miles in 2019 to qualify for prizes. 254 people and dogs participated in the program and 59 people exceeded the 150-mile minimum.

There were seven people/dogs who looped more than 1,000 miles. Russ Hoyser completed an incredible 2,972 miles and finished in first place. Sylvia Anderson finished with 2,595 miles; Donna Smith finished third with 1,415 miles, Thomas Barnhardt was fourth with 1,301 miles, Scamp Hoyser, Russ Hoyser’s dog, was fifth with 1,198 miles, Barbara Rutherford finished sixth with 1,197 miles, and Lorrie Hampton finished seventh with 1,002 miles.

“We continue to be amazed by the number of people who are participating in these programs,” said Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant. “We hear so many great stories on how the programs help them to get to know more people in the community, spend quality time with their families, lose weight and have better health. This is a great way for us to have a better community: physically, mentally and socially. We hope you and your family will participate this year.” 

Both programs as part of the City’s Discover a Healthy Life brand. Loops are routes are downtown and at every Kannapolis City School. You are also to walk anywhere in the City.

For more information and to register for the 2020 Run Kannapolis Series and Loop the Loop visit or


2019 Loop Winners

Loop the Loop Top Participants (Over 1,000 miles): Russ Hoyser, Scamp Hoyser, and Lorrie Hampton

Not pictured: Sylvia Anderson, Donna Smith, Thomas Barnhardt, and Barbara Rutherford

2019 Beasts

Beasts – This group completed all 8 Run Kannapolis 5Ks: Juanpablo Bautista Marquez, David Burchett, Caitlin Charles, Zeb Christy, Jonathan Clark, David Clark, Rebecca Clark, Nathan Cook, Raquel Cook, Whitney Cooper, Chase Curlee, Toni Davis, Chad Drake, Bryan Edwards, Sarah Edwards, Angela Ennis, Caroline Fongemy, Alice Graham, Jarrett Gresham, Victoria Heater, Jamie Hill, Jennifer Hodgson, Matthew Hopkins, Russ Hoyser, Nelson Lee, Tonya Ligon, Michelle Mikoski, Ricky Mills, Chastity Morgan, Elayne Perry, Scott Plunkett, Susan Puckett, Katie Purvis, Sydney Purvis, Daniel Safrit, Gabriel Safrit, Blair Saunders, Joshua Sherrill, Kathryn Sherry, Maryanne Sivers, Yolanda Smith Torres, Amy Vangundy, David Wilson, and Tammy Wilson

Not pictured: Teri Oriole, Rob Bowlin, Cheri Granillo, Enrique Granillo, Nila Granillo, Deanna Miltz, Vera Smith, Karina Torres Mendoza, and Steven Yost

2019 Competitors

Competitors – This group completed 7 Run Kannapolis 5Ks: Rob Carson, Aaron Drye, Kio James, Kearsten Kuddie, Michael Morgan, Terri Shaffer, Steve Shive, Lori Whitcomb, and Karan Whitley

Not pictured: Buzz Borries, Jane Falls, Kristen Harwood, Donna Safrit, and Travis Smith

2019 Athletes

Athletes – This group completed 6 Run Kannapolis 5Ks: Ashton Barlowe, Linda Griffin, Kathy Miller, Sarah Morrison, Sheryl Florance, and Gary Reavis

Not pictured: Ashton Barlow, Christina Boyd, Maddie Ennis, Kayleigh Fessenden, Brooke Gains, Lisa Haas, Samantha Huneycutt, Tammie Langley, Jessica Sircey, Kevin Stegall, Andrew Taylor, and Montana Weiss

2019 Participants

Participants – This group completed 5 Run Kannapolis 5Ks: Eduardo Bautista, Mike Emerson, Kahlen Kuddie, Erin Messmer, Andrew Messmer, Kimberly Riefstahl

Not pictured: Lilly Alcantar, David Allred, David Baucom, Trent Biggers, Nelly Cable, Benjamin Cable, Lori Eaton, Kara Fox, Jenifer Glover, Keith Robert, Nikki Sherrell, Scott Simpson, Matthew Taylor, Michael Weiss, and Brandy Williams