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Participants of all ages take part in Riverfest run

RUNNING enthusiasts burst out of the blocks for the start of last weekend’s Riverfest walk/run in Maupin. More than 110 particpants signed on with good intentions to take part in this fundraiser rally.

RUNNING enthusiasts burst out of the blocks for the start of last weekend’s Riverfest walk/run in Maupin. More than 110 particpants signed on with good intentions to take part in this fundraiser rally. Scott McMullen/Contributed photo

With a hovering sun warming the scene in Maupin, more than 80 running enthusiasts were signed, sealed and delivered Saturday afternoon for the annual fundraiser Riverfest walk/run.

In the 5k event, there were 26 harriers in action, and Aidan Paulk manhandled the field for a final marker of 17 minutes and 58 seconds.

Dave Catterson hustled home in 21:31 for second place, Sammuel Hout added a time of 22:54, Kerri Stewart placed fourth in 24:56 and Edie Ali rounded out the top-5 with her tally of 25:45.

Sheila Burchell (26:26), Tara Endries (27:15), Eric Oswald (29:04), Scott Oswald (29:06) and the duo of Charli Stewart and

Barrett Heyer wound up in a 10th place tie with a final reading of 34:29.

It takes a special brand of runner to get through 10 kilometers with heat conditions making a major difference in the outcome.

Kevin Paulk scored an easy win with a time of 40:50, beating Maggie Hanna, who secured second place at 46:21.

Aiden Strealy carded a 47:07, Leanne Neal followed through for a 48:42 and Niki Strealy finished her day in 48:57 for fifth place in the standings.

Cliff Knoll (49:42), Amanda Hoey (51:40), Stephen Bradly (52:26), Roger Gantz (53:36) and Tim Clever (54:11) added their marks to the top-10.

There was also a third event open for harriers, in a 5k walking race with 31 athletes ready to take on the challenge.

Top competitor, Barb Pierce, kept her distance from the res of the pack and crossed the tape in 41:24 for top honors.

Patt Blake added second-place recognition with 42:35, Debbie Sangas inched ahead in third place at 43:47, Gary Blake dropped fourth place with final time of 43:49 and Jan Oswald capped the top-5 placers in a standout marker of 44:06.

Dave Oswald (44:07), Iris Jane Robinson (44:32), Sandra Haynie (45:09), Sandra Wong (45:13) and Bev Froeming (45:14) were the next five who ran through the final wire in less than an hour.

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