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Halloween Hustle 5K a hit
Standard advertising director Jeff Simmons checks runner Jorge A. Vazquez off as he crosses the finish line in the Halloween Hustle held Saturday.
The spooky spectacular second annual Southern Standard Halloween Hustle 5K went off without a hitch Saturday as runners lined up for cooler running weather, albeit they had to limber up a little longer first.Local resident Matthew Bratcher, 22, was the overall run winner with a finish time of 19:39.Bratcher was texting his wife while running the course telling her he was just about finished, and just about frozen.“It was very cold, but well worth it,” said Bratcher. The second-place time was posted by 15-year-old Drake Stubblefield, and third place went to Walt Jones, 11, with a time of 23:45.A Halloween costume contest added a fun aspect to the day, with Eastside School basketball representatives Dallis Melton, Sable Winfree, Savannah Winfree, Emma Cordell and Easton West running and claiming the group award. Makenzie Haile, Paige Northcutt, Dara Stubblefield, Evelyn Younglove, Ron Horton and Linda Holder also won costume awards.“We are only in our second year running this race,” said Southern Standard circulation director and race coordinator Dale Stubblefield.