by Tim Cavender, Director of Public Affairs, Cherokee County Fire Department
Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services (CCFES) won the 2020 Guns and Hoses Run which was held on a recent Saturday at Hobgood Park in Woodstock. Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services had the most runners to sign up for the 14th annual event this year, making this the sixth year in a row that the fire department has won the race.
CCFES and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office solicit registrations from runners to raise money for their charities. The event was open to the public, and runners were asked to pick the team they wanted to run for, Guns or Hoses, and part of their registration fee was donated to an area charity.
The fire department donated its winnings to the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch. The purpose of Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, which is located in Salacoa, is to provide hope and a family-model home for boys who do not have either.
According to Lindsey Collett, a representative with the Cherokee County Recreation and Parks Agency, 344 runners signed up for the fire department, while 249 signed up with the Sheriff’s office, for a total of 593 runners participating in the event. Runners for the Hoses team this year included members with the Cherokee County Search and Rescue (SAR) Team who had 13 members who participated and several boys from the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, along with its CEO, Zach Blend.
Prior to the presentation of the trophy, the Cherokee County Fire Explorer Honor Guard displayed the colors during the playing of the national anthem. Medals were awarded to the top male and female runners in several different age categories as well as the overall winners of the race. The overall female runner was Heide Spaeth, and the overall male runner was Fred Weir.
The Goshen Valley Boys Ranch will receive a check in the amount of $4,034.
Thanks to all of those who came out to support this event!