FREDERICKTOWN — With a time of 15.51, Eric Schulz was the first person across the finish line Thursday, outrunning 101 other individuals who took part in Fredericktown’s Blast in the Park 5K run/walk. The event started at Fredericktown High School. looped through town and ended up at the community park. Isaac Potes and Brian Cull rounded out the top three spots, and Sarah Fowler was the first woman to reach the winners’ table.
Seth Bennett, costumed in a grass skirt and lei, won the “best dressed” prize.
Some of the runners were accompanied by canine companions, and there were a few parent/child pairs. McKenzie, age 10, and Rob Gannon made up one of the father-daughter duos and enjoyed running together. They weren’t real concerned with their time, though. “We just did it for fun,” McKenzie said.
Emily Higgins was pleased with her time of 27.21. Obviously a veteran runner, Higgins added to the challenge by pushing a baby stroller with two passengers — infants Brock and Holley Murphy. “We all had a good time,” she said. “They were pretty happy all the way.”
Blast in the Park is a fundraising effort for the Fredericktown Community Foundation and raises money for scholarships, summer reading programs and other scholastic endeavors in the village. Major sponsors for the race included Andy & Jennifer Fox, Buckeye Stoves, Divelbiss Corp., Dumbaugh Insurance, Kokosing Construction, Paradox Productions and Todd & Robin McClay.
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