Publix Battleship 12K Shakes Up Mobile: MOBILE, Ala. The 8th Annual Publix Battleship 12K drew runners from all corners, making Mobile a hub of energy and athleticism.
Around 2,500 runners and walkers, representing 28 states, Canada, and even Germany, converged in the Port City for this Sunday’s thrilling race.
Kudos to the Mobile Sports Authority and Visit Mobile for their efforts, bringing in 65% of registrants from beyond the Mobile metro area.
Sean Gossen, a 31-year-old from Lafayette, La., blazed a new trail, setting a course record at 40:01, trumping the previous record of 41:32, as per the event news release.
Samantha Yeager-Allen from Spanish Fort, Ala., added to the glory, establishing a new women’s course record of 45:10, surpassing the 2022 record of 46:25.
This year’s Publix Battleship 12K, honoring military veterans, witnessed an upswing in participation from athletes with disabilities, including some in push-rim chairs, assisted by their fellow athletes. Julius McManus, a Navy Veteran with 22 years of service, powered through in his push-rim at an impressive 39:07.
As runners approached the end of the 7.5-mile course, hundreds of cheering supporters and the heartfelt phrase “Thank you for your service” echoed through Battleship Memorial Park.
“My father served in Vietnam and earned a Purple Heart during his service,” shared Michael Wattigny, Marketing Director for FRESHJUNKIE Racing. “He didn’t receive a heroes’ welcome when he returned. He was spit on and called names.
“I founded this race to say ‘Thank You’ in a loud and vocal way to all of the men and women who have served our country.”
The event not only showcased athleticism but also contributed to raising awareness and funds for three military charities: Team Red, White & Blue and America’s Warrior Partnership.
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