VIEW MORE PHOTOS | AIDS Walk Atlanta 5K Run 2011

imageWhy walk when you can run? Nearly 1,400 people asked that question on Sunday as they laced up for the 5K Run portion of the AIDS Walk Atlanta.

Even with the record number of participants – some 800 people registered for the 2010 event; 1,377 this year – the results look about the same as a year ago. Three of the four top spots were captured by the same runners who took the crowns in 2010 on a course that started and finished in Piedmont Park with a run through Midtown.

imageGenesis Henderson shaved 27 seconds off his 2010 time to place first, crossing the finish line in 16 minutes, 23 seconds. Myra Kucera again took the Females Masters top spot, with Todd Henry again claiming the Male Masters spot. The newbie to the winner’s circle? Jessica Doan, who captured the top women’s spot in 20 minutes, 41 seconds.

The 5K race kicks off the physical portion of the annual AIDS Walk Atlanta & 5K Run, the 21st rendition of which played out in the park on Sunday—at least after participants carb loaded at brunch.

AIDS Walk Atlanta 5K winners and their times:

imageOverall Female, Jessica Doan, 20:41
Overall Male, Genesis Henderson, 16:23
Masters Female, Myra Kucera, 26:41
Masters Male, Todd Henry, 18:35
Female 19 & Under, Julia Silverman, 26:19
Male 19 & Under, Michael Luh, 16:51
Female 20-24, Jenny Yarbrough, 20:58
Male 20-24, Chad Cox, 17:58
Female 25-29, Alyssa Maldon, 23:59
Male 25-29, Alex Solomon, 16:48
Female 30-34, Elizabeth Skola, 22:34
Male 30-34, Eric Nicoletti, 19:55
Female 35-39, Lisa Mellgren, 26:27
Male 35-39, Eric Steuer, 21:34
Female 40-44, Simona Muratore, 27:52
Male 40-44, Jason Remaley, 21:50
Female 45-49, Kate Singleton, 29:18
Male 45-49, Stephen Smith, 20:08
Female 50-54, Sharon Laster, 31:45
Male 50-54, Kaveh Maleknia, 23:55
Female 55-59, Cynthia Hardy, 30:18
Male 55-59, Dan Cathy, 26:34
Male 60-64, Eric Hunter, 27:43
Female 65-69, Judith Garrard, 36:01
Male 65-69, Allen Vander Linden, 36:20
Female 70-74, Alison Lynch, 53:17