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Rotary hosts successful 5K run
by Joseph Miller
Oct 05, 2013 | 25 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Austin's Shoes Run with Rotary 5K fundraiser had another great turnout for the event in 2013.

Runners, joggers, and walkers were all on hand on Saturday as the event kicked off Saturday morning.

The Fifth Annual Austin's Shoes Run race allowed for spectators to watch the first runner to cross the finish line with Nathan Ginn cruising across the line at an impressive time of 19:13.

Ginn was in the male overall age category and is a junior at Kossuth High School. He said he had a hard time running Saturday morning because of the warmer weather.

“This is my fourth year running at this event and it was a bit more humid and warmer than in the past few years,” Ginn explained. “I think I could have had a better time if it would have been a little cooler but I did the best I could today. I wanted to go out of the gate a little bit harder than I did but, it all worked out and I am glad that I had a chance to finish first.”

Ginn was followed by the second place runner, Braden Hardy of Blue Mountain, who ran a 19:31, and the third place finish went to, Clay Johnson of Saltillo, with a time of 19:45.

First place winner for the female overall age category was, Julie Johnson of Saltillo, who posted an impressive 20:00 time with an average mile of 6:27. Kate Hoyt of Savannah, Tenn., placed second behind Johnson with a time of 21:10, while Catherine Snyder from New Albany round out the top three with a pace of 6:53 for an overall time of 21:23.

“This year was another great and fun event,” said race chairperson Greg Cooley. “This is a great fundraiser for our rotary program and our running community always comes out to show their support. All these participants did a great job today in this warmer weather.”

Temperatures reached around 90 degrees on Saturday with the humidity above 50-percent according the www.weatherchannel.com report. However, it wasn't enough to stop the participants or the spectators from being apart of the fundraising event.

Rotary's 3.1-mile run through downtown Corinth has raised over $65,000 for the club's numerous projects over the past few years.
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