Saturday, February 13, 2010

It's Lake and Hines for all the cookies!

Chris Lake almost immediately leapt to the front of a field of over 400 runners, and continued to lead all the way to the finish line at the "Run For The Cookies" 5K on 13 February 2010. Lakes winning time in the 18th annual event was 16:27. Stanley Linton and Trevor Touchton chased Lake early, but by the end of the first mile they had been overtaken by Stephen Cox, who went on to finish second in 16:45. Touchton hung on to finish third in 17:33, while Linton faded to fifth in 18:57, just ahead of the top male master (over 40) runner, Tim Unger, who was sixth overall in 19:08.

Meanwhile, Amy Hines was moving up through the field to finish as the top woman, fourth overall in 18:11. Hines finished almost 600 meters ahead of her nearest challenger for women's honors, Mary Anne Grayson of Thomasville, Georgia. Grayson was the top woman master (over 40) runner, crossing the line in 20:35.

The "Run For The Cookies" 5K is a benefit for the Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle. Since 1993 the event has been directed by Jeanne O'Kon and Tom Perkins. Entrants in the 5K each get a box of Girl Scout cookies, and the age group awards are boxes of Girl Scout cookies. Weather for the 2010 event was cold and clear. 433 runners finished the 5K, somewhat lower than the 2009 tally of 550 finishers.


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