April 29, 2013
300 folks participate in second annual Ocracoke road run
…WITH SLIDE SHOW
By CONNIE LEINBACH
was an unofficial fitness day but official race day on Ocracoke on
Saturday, April 27, as almost 300 local and off-island runners
participated in the second annual Miller Lite Ocracoke Island 5K/10K
road run to benefit three local organizations.
Guerrero, 32, of Ocracoke won the 10K race out of about 65 runners with
a time of 37:04 minutes. Guerrero repeated his win from last year
when he won the inaugural event, which was only a 5K. This year,
race organizers simply had the runners repeat the 5K route twice for
Lauren Holesh, 25, of Chapel Hill, was second overall and also won the women’s division of the 10K with a time of 37:41.
far behind Guerrero in the 10K were Joseph Carippoli , 46, of Avon with
a time of 38:13 minutes, followed by Matt Devan, 38, of Ocracoke at
Lulu Perez, 37, of Ocracoke, who was second in
the women’s 5K last year, came in second in the women’s 10K at 45:20
minutes. Meredith Lovely, 33, of Greenville was third at 46:33
minutes. Perez also competed in the 5K and came in second in that
with 22:27 minutes.
In the 5K, Keith Gray, 48, of Buxton was the
men’s winner at 18:06 minutes. Gray’s fiancÚ Angela
Cothren, 31, also of Buxton, won the women’s division of the 5K with a
time of 21:40 minutes.
Cothren and Perez repeated their wins
from last year. Third place winner was Danielle Ranno, 37, of
Buxton with 24:47 minutes.
Second overall in the 5K was Craig Ruetzel, 52, of Ocracoke at 19:56 and third-place was Kevin Perez, 15, of Ocracoke at 20:01.
Guerrero will have a rival for the 10K crown next year with Gray.
said he had not known that this year’s event also included a 10K and
was the first to bound through the finishing arch for the 5K, but he
kept going to complete the 10K. After the race, his time-keeping
watch showed that his 10K time was 36:49.
“I thought the good
runners would be in the 5K,” Gray said about his error as he and
Cothren caught their breath and hydrated after the race.
they and fellow off-islander Carippoli were enjoying the festivities
outside Gaffer’s Sports Pub where the race began and ended.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Carippoli said. “I like running through the town, and the (race staff) along the route were very helpful.”
organizer Greg Honeycutt was busy during the race directing the racers
to the correct lanes outside the pub, and his voice held out to
announce all the winners.
Odyles Garcia, 9, of Ocracoke, won
first place in the under 10 category. William Griffin, 71, won the 70
to 79 age group with a time of 30:51.
“I was hoping to run it in under 30 minutes,” Griffin said afterwards.
finished!” Tammy Tolson, 52, who was running competitively for the
first time and was among a number of Ocracokers who said the same thing
after the 5K.
Ryan Mason, 32, of Raleigh, who ran the 10K, echoed Tolson’s words.
“I’m finished and I did it under an hour,” Mason said. Her time was 56 minutes.
“My goal was to make it through,” said William Howard of Ocracoke. “I haven’t run like that since high school.”
was just trying to keep up with Matt (Devan),” said David Tweedie, 41,
who ran his first 10K. “I feel good, but it’s not a run I do for
Devan, 38, of Ocracoke, was third overall winner of the 10K at 39:49.
Buxton, 71, who was the only woman in the 5K 70-to-79 age category (and
thus the winner), completed the course with fellow Ocracoker Jennifer
Esham, who came in third in the 60-to-69 age group at 39:17
Buxton noted that some spectators along the way yelled encouragement.
“Al Scarborough yelled at us that he was already back and had taken a shower,” Buxton said.
little more running didn’t faze Guerrero, who ran with his 4-year-old
son Imanol in the one-mile Family Fun Run. They were among about 50 who
made the trek from Gaffer’s to Ocracoke Coffee at Sunset and Back Road
after the main races.
Matteus Gilbert, 13, of Ocracoke, was the first to speed through the balloon arch on the shop’s parking lot.
LeBlanc, who with her husband Justin, owns the business, said they
became a sponsor this year to make the Family Run a bit different.
was pleased with the entire event which, when after expenses should net
about $25,000, which is more than double the amount raised last year.
heard nothing but positives,” he said about the event. “It was not just
tourists, but a lot of Ocracoke people who participated and enjoyed it.”
of the proceeds will go to Ocracoke’s community radio WOVV 90.1 FM and
half will go to the Ocracoke School Boosters, Honeycutt said. Then,
each will give back 10 percent to the nascent Ocracoke Community Park,
which is building a baseball field in the area behind Howard’s Pub.
year, though, Honeycutt hopes that the event will raise close to
$30,000 to be divided three ways among these local charities.
As the Family Fun Run concluded later in the morning, Vera Buxton rode by on her bicycle.
“I’ve got to get some exercise,” she said.
Official results can be found online at www.runtheeast.com.
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