Roughly 300 runners and walkers showed their support for Lance Cpl. Sean Adams and his family Saturday at the Devil Dog Run, held on the grounds of Jaemor Farms.
Participants made their way through a 5K warrior course carved through the farm’s orchards in honor of the wounded U.S. Marine.
Adams, a Hall County native local and graduate of Chestatee High School, was wounded Feb. 9 after stepping on a homemade bomb while serving in Afghanistan. He underwent amputations to both legs, plus a thumb and a finger, as a result.
This was the first-ever race Jaemor Farms had held, and many held out hope it was only the first of many more to come.
While some earlier rain made the course more muddy than originally planned, it didn’t stop the racers. In fact, an announcer advised before the race that participants may receive better times sliding down the hills in the course rather than trying to figure out how to make their way down without slipping.
Ron Combs, head of the 12-member committee that helped organize the race, said that among all of the organizations he has been a part of, this was one of the best.
“I’ve served with a lot of groups and other committees for a long time, but I couldn’t have worked here with a better group,” Combs said of those who made the Devil Dog Run a reality.
While the idea for a 5K race at Jaemor Farms started being considered in late 2011, the actual planning of the event began in January. Combs said that when trying to decide where the proceeds should go, ideas for church mission trips and other charities were being tossed around. Then he received a text from another of the event’s organizers that sealed the deal: “Sean Adams.”
Combs initially met with the Marine’s brothers in early discussions and met his parents, Hugh and Tina Adams, about a month before the race.
“You know good people when you meet them, and they are just good, good people,” Combs said of the family.
Racers were not the only ones to come out in support of the cause. Family and friends were also present to cheer on those they knew in the run/walk, as well as the Adams family.
Marilyn Folsom stood by the race’s starting line to watch her brother and sister-in-law begin their trek through the orchards.
“There’s no way a little rain was going to keep us from coming out here. We couldn’t wait to spend our Saturday this way,” Folsom said.
She was also more than thrilled that the event was benefitting a cause that hit so close to home for her and her family.
“My daughter is married to a Marine, and I was so happy to hear the proceeds would be going to this hero and his family. They deserve every good thing that comes out of this,” she said.
Adams and his family visited with racers, rode along the course and received a mass amount of support coming from their community. Hugh Adams showed his thankfulness for his son and the hard work put in by those involved with the race by saying both were miracles.
“Sean is a miracle, and this race is a miracle,” he said.