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Sun Drop Sizzler draws 100 runners
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Main Street Live wasn’t the only thing drawing a crowd downtown last Friday night. The Sun Drop Sizzler brought in 105 runners who competed in a 5K event which encircled downtown and ended at Exchange Furniture.
The fastest runner in the field of over 100 people was Chaz Miller, who won with a time of 19 minutes and four seconds.
Charity Lynch was the overall female winner as she finished in 28:30.
Miller, 19, has competed in several 5K races in Warren County and has become accustom to being the first across the finish line. Miller won his age group in the Tennessee State Park challenge last year, which included a race in Rock Island.
Miller, a former member of the WCHS cross country and track teams, has also been a top finisher in his age group while competing in the  Downtown after Dark 5K, Stars and Stripes 5K and several other local races.
 Miller thought the Sun Drop Sizzler 5K, which traveled through downtown and toward the Civic Center before ending at Exchange Furniture, provided a challenge, nice scenary and a reward to its runners.
“The course was decent and not too hilly. I would say the most exciting part was getting to pass by a baby blue GT 500,” said Miller.
“It was cool how they mixed Main Street Live with the race and announced the winners to the crowd.”
Blaine Wilcher, who helped organize the race, was the male masters winner with a time of 21:25.
Leslie Hayes claimed the female masters plaque by finishing in 31:28.
Other winners included Brady Gross and Dalton Brooks (ages 9-12), Matthew Bratcher and Lexis Hobbs (13-19), Takua Anzai and Monica Reed (20-29), Jonathan Sutton and Niki Woodlee (30-39), Jeff Cordell and Kim Wilkinson (40-49), Paul Newby and Sandy Dawes (50-59), and Richard Evans and Linda Holden (60+).
Special awards were given to Chad McCord, Emma Sharp and Cassie Sharp for their participation in the event.
Shirts were given at the Sun Drop Sizzler, but supply was limited. Race officials advise that those who didn’t get a shirt will be called when they are ready for pick up at Stewart Trophies.
Runners wishing to compete in more 5K events in Warren County will have plenty of opportunities in the upcoming weeks.
The Stars and Stripes Fourth of July 5K is already accepting runners for the morning event that begins on Court Square July 4.
Also, the third annual Downtown after Dark 5K will be held Friday, July 18 in correspondence with Main Street Live. Registration for the event can be found online at www.racesonline.com or www.mainstreetmcminnville.org.
For more information, call the Main Street McMinnville office at 506-5335.