The Southern Standard has joined the ranks and thrown its running shoes into the 5K ring. It sponsored the first Halloween Hustle 5K and Cruise-In. It was held Saturday in historic downtown McMinnville.
The first-year race featured a field of just under 40 runners who ranged in ages from 8-69 and the winner of the inaugural event was none other than Warren County native 15-year-old Grant Hitchcock. He took the first place prize for male overall winner with a time of 19:39.
The female overall winner was McMinnville resident Anne Myers with a time of 21:08. Male and female master’s winners were Blaine Wilcher (20:54) and Becky Gipson (28:52).
It was not the most ideal weather conditions for running although temperatures were moderate for a 5K race. Not even the overcast skies or a drizzling rain could have dampened the spirits of people who share the same passion for running.
The race started under the streetlights just in front of the Blue Building on the corner of High and Colville streets. The pack started strong and stayed close together as it circled the block. Hitchcock maintained a slight lead from very early on with Wilcher keeping up with his pace.
From there the competitors circled the block and made their way back to Westwood Bridge where the frontrunners started to separate themselves.
The top runners had separated themselves as the group ran up Morrison Street and headed up to Westwood Fifth. After a small circle through Westwood and an uphill climb, the pack started to re-emerge from Westwood Drive with Hitchcock out front.
At this point Hitchcock was clearly in the lead and he crossed the bridge and headed back to the Blue Building before the next runner appeared.
It was Hitchcock’s race to lose and once up to level ground again he made a mad dash to the finish line for the win, a little over a full minute ahead of second place overall finisher Blaine Wilcher.
Myers, the female overall winner, finished a full three minutes ahead the next closest women’s competitor.
Several participants took advantage of the Halloween season and dressed up in full costume for the costume contest before the actual 5K race. There was plenty of food, music, and fun, not to mention candy for any trick-or-treaters in attendance.
If you missed the first year of the Halloween Hustle 5K and Cruise-In ideas are already being talked about for next year’s event.
Grant Hitchcock 19:39
Anne Myers 21:08
Blaine Wilcher 20:54
Becky Gipson 28:52
Drake Stubblefield 24:01
Matthew Bratcher 20:01
Yoshitake Takahashi 25:42
Chris Panter 23:36
Paul Walker 31:31
James Clark 24:12
Scott Hertwig 33:00
John Nunley 31:56
Ron Horton 49:28
Makenzie Haile 29:47
Marissa Walker 31:30
Kirsten Wilson 27:11
Bethany Carter 32:05
Emily Stefanick 24:09
Beth Underhill 34:39
Jennifer Seider 33:07
Kylie Crouch 34:40
Tammy Panter 29:08
Paige Northcutt 29:45
Linda Holder 43:18