Local Girl Scouts host first Thin Mint Sprint run

Thin Mint Spring runners warm up with a Zumba class before starting the race on May 7. (Contributed)

Thin Mint Spring runners warm up with a Zumba class before starting the race on May 7. (Contributed)

FROM STAFF REPORTS

HOOVER—The Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama hosted the inaugural Thin Mint Sprint 5k and Fun Run on Saturday, May 7. The race began at St. Vincent’s One Nineteen and continued through the Greystone neighborhood.

More than 100 adults, children and Girl Scouts participated in this year’s run.

Participants warmed up for the run with a Zumba lesson, face painting, a photo booth with a life-size thin mint and enjoyed shacks provided by the Junior League of Birmingham’s Yummy Truck.

Racers warm up and get ready for the first Girl Scouts Thin Mint Sprint on May 7. (Contributed)

Racers warm up and get ready for the first Girl Scouts Thin Mint Sprint on May 7. (Contributed)

Husband and wife Zach and Stephanie Ridgway, of Birmingham, took home the overall gold medals for the male and female categories with times of 17:26 and 20:23 respectively.

Overall silver in the male category went to 13-year-old Jacob Sester, and the bronze went to Curtis Lamar.

Overall silver in the female category went to Heidi Wells of Birmigham and the bronze medal went to Jessica Lancaster of Trussville.

“The Thin Mint Sprint exemplifies healthy living, which is one of our organization’s initiatives and a hallmark that we build into our programs for girls,” Girl Scout Leadership Experience Manager and run organizer Elizabeth Tucker said. “We had such a great turnout of families and runners. We’re looking forward to expanding the event next year!”

The 2016 Thin Mint Sprint was sponsored by Coca-Cola, the Track Shak and Skin Wellness Center.

Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama is more than 13,000 strong, with 9,500 girls and 3,800 adults in 36 counties in the state of Alabama.