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Rome Half Marathon/5K All-Area Cross Country Banquet 2019

December 2nd, 2019 – 10:25 AM

Rome Half Marathon/5K Press Release –

ROME, Ga. – Greater Rome’s top high school cross country runners of the season have been selected and will be recognized when 2019 GoGo Running All-Area Cross Country Banquet is held Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m., in the Krannert Ballroom at Berry College.

In addition to the honors the All-Area Boys and Girls teams will receive at the banquet, the Boys and Girls Runners of the Year and Coaches of the Year will be announced. One of the best distance runners Greater Rome has ever produced will address the area’s current high school athletes who have followed in his footsteps when Dr. David Herren, a former standout at Rome High and at Georgia Tech, will serve as the guest speaker at the banquet. The banquet precedes the annual Rome Half Marathon to be held Saturday, Dec. 14 at State Mutual Stadium.

In addition to the 13.1-mile Half Marathon, the event that is presented by GoGo Running and Redmond Regional Medical Center includes a 5-kilometer race. After becoming a record-setting runner at Rome High, where he earned All-Area Runner of the Year honors following a record-setting career with the Wolves, Herren went on to run at Georgia Tech where he earned Academic All-America honors in cross country and became just the fifth runner in the program’s history to qualify for the NCAA National Championship and served as the Yellow Jackets’ team captain in track. Herren earned undergraduate and graduate degrees Georgia Tech, received his medical degree from Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and after doing his internship at Baptist Hospital in Nashville did his residency at Vanderbilt University.
A board-certified ophthalmologist, Herren has been practicing at the Harbin Clinic Eye Center since 2016.

Named to the 2019 GoGo All-Area Team are: 2019 GoGo Running All-Area Cross Country Team

1st Team

Nora Bailey, Rome; Ashley Morales, Rome; Jessie Schroeder, Model; Kaitlyn Stahl, Rome; Shelby Green, Armuchee; Ashley Hartness, Calhoun; Lucia Loarca, Rome Honorable Mention

Anna Gibson, Calhoun; Brisa Lopez, Calhoun; Maggie Hawkins, Darlington; Elizabeth Peyton, Calhoun; Emily Bartleson, Rome; Riley Triplett, Sonoraville; Kate Scott, Darlington; Grace Stanley, Armuchee; Tiffany Creel, Unity; Malorie Bradfield, Rockmart Girls Middle School Runner of the Year: Marissa Kimple, Armuchee

1st Team

Patrick Motes, Rome; Felipe Barrios, Calhoun; Simon Schabort, Model; Jordan Hellier, Model; Trace Harris, Rome; Gary Jones, Rome; Ryan Glass, Rome

Honorable Mention

Avery Wright, Rome; Christian Weatherby, Pepperell; Josh Martinez, Coosa; Joey Kowalczewski, Gordon
Central; Tom Vincent, Pepperell; John-Prosser Deaton, Darlington; Davis Yeargen, Armuchee; Duncan Blankenship, Model; Dawson Brown, Trion; Tucker Wright, Rome Boys Middle School Runner of the Year: Ben Owens, St. Mary’s

Each First Team All-Area runner will receive two complimentary tickets, each honorable mention runner will receive one complimentary ticket and High School coaches will also receive two complimentary tickets. To learn more about the banquet go to Those attending are asked to RSVP by email to [email protected]. Additional tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the above link or at the door using cash, check or credit. The Rome Half will once again benefit Rome-area middle and high school running programs, and the Haven Health Clinic of Rome.

In the last six years, the race has raised nearly $15,000 for the running programs at area high schools. Schools that have received at least one donation check include Armuchee, Coosa, Model, Pepperell, Rome, Calhoun, Gordon Central, Rockmart, Darlington, Providence Prep Academy, St. Mary’s, Cedartown and Unity Christian. Some of these schools have only had volunteers for the race for one year while others have participated with volunteers each year, which is the requirement for schools to be eligible for a donation.

All of the races of the Rome Half Marathon and 5K start and end at State Mutual Stadium, with the 5k starting at 8 a.m. and the Half Marathon starting at 8:05. All finishers receive long sleeve tech
T’s, and will enjoy a post-race pancake breakfast provided by the Rome Braves at SMS. To register and for more information on the 2019 Rome Half Marathon 5k, and the GoGo Running All-Area Banquet, go to or contact GoGo Running at The Shoe Box at 706-291-0752.