Carys Rountree crossed the finish line of her first 5K run with her mother by her side, their hands clasped in victory.
The 8-year-old ran was among the hundreds who raced Saturday during the fourth annual Boulder Dash 5K.
Organized by the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce’s Healthcare Association, the popular race passed through the Bluegrass Materials Company quarry, formerly owned by Lafarge.
Rountree enjoyed the scenery as she officially completed her first 5K. The company was her favorite, though.
“I like that you have your friends with you,” she said. “It’s really exciting.”
Several other young girls had dozens of friends with them in pink shirts, tutus and colorful socks.
Girls on the Run North Georgia wrapped up this season’s program with the dash.
The nonprofit empowers young girls with a curriculum that integrates running.
Rachel Slappy, a coach with the group, waited at the finish line in a matching tutu and cheered on the girls and shared hugs.
“It’s so sweet seeing them all hold hands,” Slappy said. “They’re so happy when they finish.”
Plenty of runners had a cheering section waiting at the end, and everyone enjoyed the Spring Fling festival that followed with activities for kids and awards for the winners.
Age groups from 10 and younger to older than 70 received medals for top times.
The overall fastest man, David Rindt, and fastest woman, Caroline Patterson, 11, imprinted their feet in concrete to continue a dash tradition.
As in years past, proceeds from the run benefit Envision a Fit Forsyth, a program that supports Forsyth County Parks and Recreation.