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CaroMont Community Challenge Brings Community Together for Fun and Fitness


Over the weekend, CaroMont Health hosted the third annual CaroMont Community Challenge in partnership with the Gastonia East Rotary and Gaston County Schools. Marked with blue skies and comfortable temperatures, the 5k and 1-mile walk and festival drew more than 1,000 participants this year. The youth running program, Let Me Run, kicked off the event with 173 runners with the 5k and fun walk following thereafter. And the fun didn’t start and stop with the races. From boot camp warm-ups to watermelon pizzas, the festival appealed to all walks life to encourage health and wellness in a fun and interactive setting.

Student athletes in ninth through twelfth grades also had a chance to showcase their athletic skills and gain helpful tips from CaroMont Athletic Directors at the athletic combine, a combination of sport-specific conditioning drills to determine speed, strength and skill level. Quinlin Turner from Lincolnton High School posted 121 reps at 85 pounds on the bench press. Hunter Huss student Xavier Swann scored an impressive 4.2 seconds in the pro agility drill and Preston Osborne from East Gaston High School scored 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard sprint. Congratulations to all the talented athletes who came out to compete and support the event!

A lot of hard work went into making the 2016 CaroMont Community Challenge go off smoothly. A big thank you to participants, employees, event organizers, Gaston County Schools, community partners and our sponsors for making this event possible again this year. Without your support, the CaroMont Community Challenge could not have been such a success. All proceeds from the event will go to support Gaston County Schools Robotics Program. Sponsorship dollars are still coming in! Below is a list of our 2016 sponsors for the $1,000 and $500 levels:

$1,000 Level

- Sign Connection
- Gaston Family Health Services
- Gray, Layton & Kersh Law Firm

$500 Level

- Gaston Foot and Ankle
- Gastonia Pediatric Associates
- Tindol Subaru
- Gastonia Pediatric Dentistry
- Bradley Chiropractic

Congratulations to all race participants and while everyone is a winner for participating, we would like to recognize the first place male and female winners of the 5k by age group. To view race results, please visit

Age Group




Domenic Feduniec

Madison Pearson


Alexi Mejia

Mackenzie Quinlan


Justin Henry

Cary Hovis


Kyle Nelson

Emily Randall


Joe Martin

Veronica Lamphiear Mich


Pete Michel

Angela Congelli


Andrew Dyksterhouse

Missy Dyer


Josiah Will

Debbie Bellenger


Rick Craig

Rhonda Craig

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