For more than 100 registered participants, the cold, fall morning was not an obstacle for participation. Walkers and runners enjoyed the 8th annual event, and the Children’s Home was blessed by the outpouring of community support.
Competitors were divided into six age categories. Among those 20 and under, the top female participant was Belle Kemp, a 17-year-old Oblong High School senior, who finished the race with a time of 26:44. The top male for this age division (also 17 years of age) was Lane Staley of Newton, IL. Staley’s time was 20:38, which made him second overall to cross the finish line. In the 21 – 30 age division, first place among women went to Rachel Hoke of Olney. Hoke’s time was 29:08. Kenin McCoy, a 27-year-old Newton athlete, took first among men in this age division with a time of 23:01. In the next age division, Nicole Buckner of Annapolis took first with a time of 23:20, a time that made her the 6th place finisher overall. Her male counterpart was Nathan Huhn of Ashland, MO, who completed the course in 27:05. Greg Bricker of Robinson ran the course in 24:41, making him the top male in the 41 – 50 age division. Paired with Bricker in the same age category for women was Treena Stephens of Robinson, who nabbed the top time for women aged 41 – 50 with a finish time of 26:21. Among the 16 competitors aged 51 – 60, the top male finisher was Mark Grimm of Robinson, IL who clocked a time of 21:50. Debby Danner of Graysville, Indiana finished ahead of all other women ages 51 – 60 with a time of 42:45. Finally, among those 61 and older, the top male finisher was Greg Kastner, who finished in 26:10. And, finishing first among women in the eldest age category was Vicki May of Hutsonville, who crossed the finish line with a time of 26:55.
Participants and their supporters were even happy to stick around for the door prize drawings following the event. Local businesses providing such included Casey’s General Store, Kelsa Kreations, and Joe’s Italian Foods.
Take a look at some of the photos from the day’s event here. Smile a little. And, make plans now to be a part of the next Spooktacular 5K in October 2018!