5 Star Race Productions was established in 2009 by Ed Fore & Janice McSweeney. The company came about because the Battleship Half Marathon & 5k had reached 1,800 runners that year and it was obvious that the amount of time and energy involved with producing the event, and the ideas we had for other races required that we form an entity to organize and control the business side of things - and 5 Star Race Productions was the answer.
Ed retired from Duke Energy in 2004 after a 25 year career primarily as a Sr Reactor Operator supervising the operation and testing of a 2-unit nuclear power plant. Ed was qualified as the plant Fire Brigade Commander, Hazmat Incident Commander and has strong skills in project management. These project management skills come into play in race organization and development. Ed has completed (8) marathons and has placed in his age group in such races as the Savannah River Bridge Run double-pump ("the South's toughest bridge run") and the YMCA Wrightsville Beach Triathlon. He is now a fitness runner who enjoyes any day he can go for a run, bike ride or visit the weight room for a workout.
Janice has owned businesses in Kalispell Montana, Chapel Hill NC and Wilmington and is currently the ESL Director for the Cape Fear Literacy Council in her day job. She handles the business side of 5 SRP and co-race directs with Ed on race weekends. Janice is a 3-time marathoner and has won her age group in such races as the Savannah River Bridge Run 10K "the South's toughest Bridge Run", the YMCA Tri-span 10K, as well as some local triathlons and road races. Today she works to stay strong and enjoys each run or ride and the feeling of accomplishment she and Ed feel after each workout. We treasure our good health and greatly enjoy seeing athletes of all levels compete and participate in the events we produce.