Runners Take the Challenge

Over 1270 enthusiastic 10K runners ran for the 8th Annual Chattahoochee Challenge Race on Saturday, February 7, 2009, which benefited the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. Overall and Masters Male and Female finishers and first, second & third place finishers in 13 age groups received awards at the ceremony held at the conclusion of the race with awards presented by Mayor Jere Wood of Roswell.  The first place winners received engraved Bird Houses and other winners received medals.  See the race results below:

Sammy Nyamongo, aged 33, from Marietta, Georgia, won the Overall First Place position for men with a time of 32.47. Sammy enthusiastically exclaimed, “The race was wonderful, the weather was beautiful and the scenery too.  I enjoyed running the race and I’m glad I won!” Entertainment for the runners was provided by B 98.5 Radio. The race was sponsored by Harry’s Farmers Market who provided bottled water and drinks along with bananas and bagels, the City of Roswell; Big Peach Running Company and Pit Stop Sanitation.  New Balance Shoes, Rockledge, Women’s Premier Fitness, Roosters and Realtor, Katie Belew also sponsored this Run & See Georgia Race that is a qualifier for the Peachtree Road Race. Official results from the race will be posted to .

The Chattahoochee Nature Center is a 127-acre, private non-profit facility dedicated to environmental education. More than 100,000 visitors each year enjoy the Nature Center’s forest trails, river boardwalk, native plant gardens, family and children’s programs, live animal exhibits and wildlife rehabilitation clinic. Chattahoochee Nature Center hours are Monday-Saturday, 9:00a.m. -5:00p.m. and Sunday noon-5:00p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children and seniors. For more information or directions, visit

DeAnn Fordham, Special Events Director at the Chattahoochee Nature
Center, congratulated the runners who participated in the Chattahoochee
Challenge 10K & Fun Run.  She said, “MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR OUR FAMOUS POSSUM TROT 10K ROAD RACE & FUN RUN on May 30, 2009.”   She also explained that the race results, which are used to qualify runners for the Peachtree Road Race on July 4th, are now posted on our website and
will be mailed to each runner.  Photos from the race are now online and
can be looked up by race numbers and/or times at
Questions about qualifying for the Peachtree can be found at:

Winners were:

Men’s Overall:
Sammy Nyamongo, Marietta, GA; 32:47

Women’s Overall:
Elena Linn, Atlanta, GA; 39:03

Men’s Masters Overall:
Zeferino Modesto, Atlanta, GA; 39:03

Women’s Masters Overall:
Bettina McIntyre, Marietta, GA; 41:52

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