‘Race for Grace’ Highlights Bluffton’s Willingness to Come Together

This past Saturday, the sixth annual Bobcat Scorcher 5K took on new meaning as it was held in memory of Grace Hanson Sulak.

Grace, who ran for the Bluffton High School cross country team, died this past May at just 14 years old.

The ‘Race for Grace’ was a beautiful way to keep her memory strong. This year, in addition to proceeds going to support the cross country team, a portion of the money raised was donated to the Grace Hanson Sulak Memorial Foundation. More than 350 people turned out to take on the 3.1-mile course early Saturday morning at Hampton Hall in Bluffton, and the event had the most sponsor participation it’s ever had, as well.

Saturday morning, runners trekked through the beautiful Hampton Hall community as temperatures climbed through the mid-70s and the sun broke through the morning haze. It was moving to see so many runners come out to support a great cause, as well as so many friends and family there to cheer them on. The race’s fastest overall finisher was 17-year-old Ben Gilman, finishing the course in 16 minutes, 19 seconds, and Elle Ellender, 33, was the fastest female finisher at 17:58.

The top three finishers in each division received medals for their accomplishments. That includes arguably the most impressive finisher of the day – Peter Uberto. The 71-year-old completed the course in 26:25, good for 71st overall and first place in the over-70 age group. Congratulations, Peter, and to everyone who finished!

As a locally owned and operated company with so many of our team living in the Bluffton area, we’re proud to help strengthen the community whenever and however we can. We want to do more than business here—we want to do right by our neighbors. Grace was one of those neighbors, and seeing the community rally like they did on Saturday says all you need to know about the type of young lady she was.

Good luck to the Bobcats as they start their cross country season Saturday at the Saucony XC Kickoff Classic, as well as to all local high school sports teams!