The Rescue Mission of Roanoke Drumstick Dash returned to downtown on Thursday for the first time in three years, drawing 7,539 registered runners and walkers on a new route. The Thanksgiving Day race is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Rescue Mission, a ministry based in southeast Roanoke that serves people in need of food and temporary housing. This year the race will bring in an estimated $300,000, according to Kevin Berry, marketing and events manager at the mission.
Top male and female finishers on the 5-kilometer course were Roger Hopper of Chesapeake, with a time of 15 minutes, 56.5 seconds and Alyssa Vassalo, at 17:58.3. For full race results, visit drumstickdash.net.
— The Roanoke Times