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Running in the rain
Over 100 competitors take part in soaked Stars and Stripes 5K
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Rain may have dampened the path of the 32nd annual Stars and Stripes Fun Run, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the 128 runners who showed up downtown Thursday for the Fourth of July 5K.The downpour that canceled many of the festivities on Court Square Thursday morning didn’t faze runners, who enjoyed a blissful break from the rain from start to finish.When the start was signaled by gun shot at 7:30 a.m. in front of the Warren County Courthouse, the drizzle which had been hanging around during sign-ups suddenly stopped. The rain held off long enough for all 128 participants, who competed in the 5K by either running or walking or doing the one-mile run, to finish without getting too wet.The fastest finisher was Amiel Emerson, a 19-year-old student at University of the South at Sewanee. Emerson finished the 5K in 18 minutes, 12 seconds to win the coveted six-foot-tall Danny Stubblefield Memorial Trophy.Emerson is a former student at WCHS who set several records while competing on the school track team.