36th Annual Clayton Road Race Draws Nearly 300 Runners

Clayton High graduate Jalen Smith was the first place winner in the 36th Annual Clayton Road Race on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Town of Clayton Photo

The Town of Clayton turned 150 this year and on Saturday morning hosted one of the longest running road races in the Triangle.

Despite earlier threats of rain, the 36th Annual Clayton Road Race attracted nearly 300 people to run through the sunny streets of Downtown Clayton.

Runners of all ages – from a 7-year-old girl to an 81-year-old man – finished the 5K.

Amanda Searer of Clayton was the top female finisher in the 36th annual Clayton Road Race. Searer also broke a race record. Town of Clayton Photo

The first place winner was Clayton High School graduate Jalen Smith with an amazing time of 17:54.

And the top female finisher broke a race record. Amanda Searer of Clayton crossed the finish line in just 18 minutes and 58 seconds beating the previous record of 20 minutes, 20 seconds.

Top three finishers in each category didn’t get medals, they got hand-crafted mugs made right in the Clayton Community Center pottery studio. The kid racers got ribbons and commemorative 150th Anniversary T-shirts.

Click here for the race results.