Ray Bishop had an ambitious time in mind.
“I want to finish in under 17 minutes,” Bishop said shortly before the start of the 38th annual Stars and Stripes 5K.
He didn’t meet his lofty goal, but he still was fast enough to repeat as champion. Bishop, 23, won the annual Fourth of July sprint with an unofficial time of 17 minutes, 44 seconds.
Anne Hunter Myers was the top overall female, finishing unofficially in 21:29. Official times for all participants will come in a future edition.
Myers is a multi-time winner of the downtown run, along with several other 5K races held in the area. She feels the key is making sure to set a good, consistent pace early.
“It’s a deceiving run. You have to be steady at the beginning,” said Myers. “About a mile-and-a-half in, there are two seemingly innocent hills that will get you if you aren’t patient.”
While official numbers were not available at press time, organizers estimated just shy of 200 participants for the three events.
In the one-mile run for kids, Campbell Sutton (8:25) and Poppy Randall (9:00) were the top finishers. There was also a 5K walk.
More coverage will follow in Sunday's paper.