Monday, May 13, 2013

Young Talent Discovered at the Doo Rag Run

Overall Winner: Mickey Hooke
On May 11th the Englewood YMCA held the 3rd race in their 2013 series at Englewood Beach. The formerly named "County Line 5k," was ramped up with a new name and a new gimmick. The Doo Rag Run was a sprint attended by some of the areas top athletes. The goal - the first 25 men, women and kids who grabbed a colored Doo Rag at the halfway mark would win special prizes at the finish.

The idea was so popular that the race drew a crowd of 390 runners! That is 100+ more than last year. The rush to the line was so crowded that the organizers ran out of water bottles. They apologized for the short resources but they were thrilled with such an enthusiastic turn out.

Female Overall Winner: Heather Butcher
The male overall winner was Mickey Hooke who aced the field with a pace of 5:41 a mile. At 52 years old Mickey beat hundreds of younger runners and proved once again that age is only a number. His overall time was 17:37.

The female overall winner was local favorite Heather Butcher. Not only was she the first lady to grab a pink Doo Rag, she was also the second fastest racer overall with a pace of 5:57 and an overall time of 18:26.

Male 9 and Under Winner: Sean Perry
The big revelation of the race was all of the new, young runners. There were 90 competitors between the ages of 6 to 14 years old. The Girls 10-14 class alone had 43 runners! That has to be some kind of record.

Within those 90 runners there were 4 winners but check out their times - Leah Bartlett 26:58, Sheralyn Hibbens 27:15, Sean Perry 21:38 and Jeffrey Feyes 21:32. Keep an eye on these outstanding athletes! We could have some future champions growing up right here in SouthWest Florida.

Girls 9 and Under Winner: Leah Bartlett
It was a humid morning where many runners suffered from the thick air but nothing could extinguish the fun atmosphere. Zoomers Run Club provided timing services and explained that all of these kids will have their scores included in their new Kids Run Series.

Photos and Race Results are posted at their website:

Englewood Runner Todd Park took 5th in Male 10-14

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