April 28, 2015
was sports day on Ocracoke Saturday as 266 runners of all ages competed
in the Foothills Brewing 5K/10K races in the morning and children
competed on the new ball field in the afternoon.
266 runners of all ages compete in
Ocracoke races....WITH SLIDE SHOW
By CONNIE LEINBACH
Keith Gray, 50, of Buxton, won the
10K in the men’s division, with a time of 37:25. It was his first win,
besting Alfonso “Chito” Guerrero of Ocracoke, the defending champion
who won the race last year with a time of 38:58.
“I’ll take it,”
Gray, 50, said as he cooled down in front of Gaffer’s Sports Pub where
the race ended. “The older you get, the better you are at longer
Guerrero, 34, also beat Gray the prior two years
when the event was still only 5K. Guerrero noted that he had twisted
his ankle a couple of months ago and that it was still bothering him.
he gets extra points for running in the one-mile family fun run that
started at 10 a.m. at the Ocracoke Child Care Center and ended at the
Ocracoke Coffee Company, Back Road and Sunset Drive.
son, Imanol, 6, came in second in that event, behind Vanessa Lora, an
Ocracoke School seventh-grader. Jade Lopez, 16, a ninth-grader was
Lulu Perez, 39, of Ocracoke was the women’s 10K winner
with a time of 45:19. She was followed by Marissa Gross, 36, of
Ocracoke at 46:01, and Chelsea Smith, 28, was third with a time of
Before that, Kevin Perez, 17, repeated his performance of
last year and was the overall winner of the 5K with a time of 18:40.
Gustavo Trejo of Ocracoke was second at 20:17, and Herb Clements of
Hatteras was third at 20:32.
Angela Gray, 33, of Buxton, who is
Keith’s wife, was the overall women’s winner in the 5 K with a 21:52
time. Karen Perez, 15, of Ocracoke and Kevin’s sister, was second at
21:59, and Jordan Jones, 22, was third at 23:52.
race director, was again pleased with the turnout and the day as he sat
in the bleachers of the new ball field at Ocracoke Community Park after
the dedication ceremony.
“I don’t think it could have been
better,” he said, though noting that his goal is to eventually see 400
participating. This year’s race had one fewer participant than last
“I had so many people come up and tell me it’s their favorite race,” he said.
A number of first-time runners participated.
group of 13 runners, some pushing baby carriages and accompanied by
dogs, from Cedar Island wore T-shirts proclaiming, “We Got the Runs”
Southern Pamlico Sounders.
They are family members of Noel Goodwin, the middle school girls’ basketball coach.
“We do runs every year,” said Maggie Smith, a member of the group. “We’re going to keep on wearing the shirts wherever we go.”
and Chris Robbins of Greenville were celebrating a birthday and their
anniversary by running in Ocracoke’s 10K for the first time.
runner for 14 years, Kelly said she enjoyed the Ocracoke 10K but
prefers half-marathons. She’s fully expecting to return next year to
participate in a half-marathon that will be added to the race weekend.
he announced the addition of the half marathon for next year, Honeycutt
said the proceeds will benefit the Ocracoke Child Care Center.
expects this year’s race will again raise more than $30,000 for three
island charities -- Ocracoke Community Park, WOVV 90.1 FM, and the
Ocracoke School Athletic Boosters.
For complete results, visit the website www.runtheeast.com.
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