The sheriff’s office came out the victor, raising more money for the Hope and Light Foundation.
The run was sponsored by the Cherokee County Recreation and Parks Agency and was at Hobgood Park.
The event was open to the public and runners were asked to pick the team they wanted to run for — guns or hoses — and $5 of their $30 registration fee was donated to a local charity.
Both departments donated their winnings to the Hope and Light Foundation, an organization that assists children with spinal muscular atrophy.
Spinal muscular atrophy is a genetically inherited neuromuscular disease characterized by progressive muscle weakness and atrophy. It occurs in about one in every 6,000 to 10,000 births, qualifying it as the No. 1 genetic killer of babies and toddlers younger than 2 years old.
This year’s run was conducted in memory Aleena Miller, who passed away at the age 6 last year from the disease.
Kate Borden, with the Cherokee County Recreation and Parks Agency, said 234 runners signed up for the fire department, and 408 signed up with the sheriff’s office.
The Hope and Light Foundation will receive a check in the amount of $3,210.
Sam Harp, the overall winner of the 5K race and a member of the hose team, finished the race in 18 minutes, 25 seconds. Sam is a freshman at Cherokee High School and is the son of Lyle and Cheri Harp. Sam’s father is a firefighter with Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services.
The overall female runner was Meagan Anstett, also a member of the hose team, who crossed the finish line at 20 minutes, 57 seconds.
Tim Cavender, spokesman with the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, said his department and the sheriff’s office wish to thank all of those who came out to support the event and the charitable organizations that benefited from the run.