Proceeds from the second annual Rocky Mount Hill Challenge were distributed last week to Franklin County Youth Trail Runners and Franklin County Humane Society.

The Sept. 7 event began in downtown Rocky Mount and included several of the town’s steepest hills. This year there were 5-mile and 6.5-kilometer (4.03 miles) options for runners and walkers.

The youth trail runners group operates under the umbrella of Franklin County Parks and Recreation. Runners, ages 8 to 15, competed earlier this year in the Roanoke Non-Ultra Trail Series races organized by Mountain Junkies.

The humane society is a no-kill animal shelter that receives no government funding. The donation will help the humane society with veterinary animal care and medical supplies.

Sponsors of this year’s Hill Challenge included Daniel’s Auto Glass, Foxfire Towing, Hometown Ice, Haywood’s Jewelers, Fresh Fruit Co., The Harvester, El Rio Mexican Grill, Ippy’s Restaurant and Mended Fences Entertainment.

Top overall finishers were H.T. Page of Wirtz and Emily Jamison of Boones Mill.

Kilted Timing compiled the race results, which are available at www.kiltedtiming.com.

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