Harbin Hero Hustle Draws Big Crowd to Downtown Rome

More than 400 participants, most dressed as super heroes, took to the streets of Downtown Rome on Saturday, Oct. 15 in the Harbin Hero Hustle 5K and Health Walk.

Dr. David Herren, a former stand out in cross country and track at both Georgia Tech and Rome High School and now an ophthalmologist at the Harbin Clinic Eye Center, took the overall crown, covering the 3.1-mile course in 18:22. Keith Long finished second with a solid 18:33 effort.

Jill Braley finished third overall and won the women’s title with a 19:22.

For full race results, click here.

The race not only paid homage to super heroes but also to the many heroes’ who give selflessly of themselves at local charities. Five local charities, Summit Quest, Hospitality House for Women, Digs Inc. Harbor House and the Rome-Floyd YMCA, were featured in the Harbin Hero Challenge, with each earning a $500 donation from Harbin Clinic.

The charities earned their spot in the Hero Challenge by earning the most social media nominations in a contest held in August.

Race participants then gave points to each charity through race and walk registrations and by winning categories in the pre-race costume contest.

The Rome-Floyd YMCA won the overall Harbin Hero Challenge title for a total donation of $1,500.