By Deb Patterson
SYRACUSE — The rains held off and it was a cool, slightly humid, Saturday morning, June 26, for the Women of Today’s 5K Run/Walk.
Close to 60 runners participated in the event for all ages. The race was held on the property of Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation and used a portion of the Syracuse-Wawasee Trails system.
Will Clark, Essexville, Mich., who was visiting the area, was the first to cross the finish line in 19:38.29.
The participants ran the trails on the WACF property and used a portion of the Conklin Bay Trail as part of the route. The race began at the Ruddell Pavilion, included paths through a section of trail 3, onto Grandview Drive and then north on the new Syracuse-Wawasee Trail before returning to the Conklin Bay Trail and the WACF property. This leg of the race took runners through the north portion of Trail 1 on WACF property, past the amphitheater and out to the lake before circling back around to hit Trail 3 and ending at the pavilion.
Other top 20 winners were:
Ryan Thwaits, Syracuse, 21:06.52
Brandi Niles, Cromwell, 23:54.95
Megan Heil, Syracuse, 24:12.92
Amy Kuhn, Syracuse, 24:21.96
Mia Hodgson, Syracuse, 24:48.37
Johnny Likens, North Webster, 25:14.17
Neil Likens, North Webster, 25:14.37
Jason VanCuren, Cromwell, 25:58.19
Ashley Tenney, Syracuse, 26:21.10
Michael Casey, Milford, 26:29.41
Resia Rinker, Syracuse, 27:26.60
Haley Hawkins, Warsaw, 28:31.76
Jeff Clark, Leesburg, 29:51.67
Cory Snep, Warsaw, 29:57.47
Ron Baumgartner, Syracuse, 30:12.48
Cheryl Miller, Leesburg, 31:10.61
Satiah Doty, Syracuse, 32:26.67
Cierra Snep, Warsaw, 32:30.49
Derek Snep, Warsaw, 32:30.72.
All proceeds will be used by WOT for various projects involving area children.