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(Submitted) The top finishers in the 100-Mile Challenge were honored during the May 28th city council meeting at City Hall. Pictured from left to right: Ashley Mays, Angie Boatwright, Alana Collins, Marilyn Collins, Kim Colvard, Johnathan Wright, Jr., Katrice Wright, Rush Wright and Mayor Johnny Hammock.

Marilyn Collins was recognized by the Tallassee City Council at its May 28 meeting as the winner of the 100-Mile Challenge for logging 1,430.77 miles between Nov. 1 and May 15.

“The City of Tallassee’s Healthy Families Initiative challenged Tallasseans to walk, run, bicycle, wheel or go in their handicapped-accessible bikes 100 miles,” event coordinator Suzannah Solomon Wilson said.

Tallassee Mayor Johnny Hammock finished atop his age group with 452 miles but was not eligible for prizes in the challenge, which is part of the Alabama Community of Excellence initiative.

“We want people to get healthy,” Hammock said. “We want to get them health conscious and have them get out and walk more.”

During the challenge, Hammock and the city council attended workshops hosted by Alabama Communities of Excellence focusing on ways to make the city more walkable and rideable, either by bicycle or wheelchair.

“We wanted to see where we had sidewalks that needed to be repaired, where we needed to cut back some stuff, like brush growing over the sidewalks and things of that nature,” Hammock said.

Tallassee was named an Alabama Community of Excellence in May.

Other challenge winners were:

• Kindergarten: Ben Speake, 25 miles

• Sixth grade: Rush Wright, 100 miles

• Eighth grade: Johnathan Wright Jr., 100 miles

• Ninth-12th grades: Alana Collins, 536.77 miles

• Age group 31-40: Ashley Mays, 373.30 miles

• Age group 41-50: Angie Boatwright, 261.14 miles

• Age group 51-60:  Kim Colvard, 418 miles

• Age group 61-70: Connie Riddle, 700 miles

Honorable mentions were:

• Age group 31-40: Petrina Hornsby, 321.40 miles

• Age group 41-50: Katrice Wright, 142 miles

• Age group 51-60: Regina Crapps, 369.24 miles; Suzannah Solomon Wilson, 344.93 miles; Belinda Averitt, 124.50 miles; Margaret Lumpkin, 100 miles

• Age group 51-70: Mike Lumpkin, 105 miles