140 run in 5K at Tawawa


Staff report

SIDNEY — More than 140 runners took off at 8 a.m. last Saturday at the sound of the gun in the 17th annual Tawawa Park Runners Scholarship Run.

It was a good morning to run and the runners responded with excellent times.

“We were thankful for a great day,” race director Kristin Allen said. “ The weather was good and many runners showed up on race day.”

The Spitzer family runners from Versailles swept to first place finishes. Sixteen-year-old Joe Spitzer finished in 16:31 to win the men’s title. Sister Kara won the women’s race, breaking 20 minutes with a time of 19:58. She is 15.

Local runners established the race in 2000 with a goal of raising funds for scholarships given out annually to county runners graduating from high school. Winning a $1,000 scholarship was Molly Kearns of Russia, who had an outstanding career, breaking the all-time Russia record in the 3200 meter run. She will continue her academic and running career at Wright State.

Sidney High School runner Jonathon Perin and Botkins runner Cameron Flora were each awarded a scholarship.

Perin, who will be attending Miami University, finished high school with a 4.0 GPA. He ran one of the top ten fastest times ever at his school.

Flora won the county meet in cross country and was academic All-Ohio three times. He will be attending Bowling Green State University.

The high school team race trophy was captured by Russia. A total of 17 Russia runners ran together. The top five runners for Russia were Alex Seger, Caleb Ball, Zachary Bell, Gavin George and Andrew Deloye.

The Houston Wildcats finished a close second with top runners Tristin Freistuhler, Ethan Knouff, Parker Cox, Devyn Ostrander and Joseph Earl. Sidney High School finished third.

Following are the age-group winners:


Overall — Kara Spitzer, Versailles

10-and-under — Brittany Arnold, Sidney.

11-14 — Ana Adams, Sidney

15-19 — Claire Meyer

20-24 — Haley Lemperkle

25-29 — Jarica DeLoye, Russia

30-34 — Alexandra Hedrick, Troy

35-39 — Bridget Davis, Sidney

40-44 — Jenny Wagner, Sidney

45-49 — Chris Helman

50-54 — Maggie Burch, Sidney

55-59 — Nancy Hirt, Wapakoneta

60-64 — Mary Siegrist, Sidney


Overall — Joe Spitzer, Versailles

10-and-under — Grant Flora, Botkins

11-14 — Andrew DeLoye, Russia

15-19 — Tristin Freistuhler, Sidney

20-24 — Jack Van Horn, Sidney

25-29 — Alex Massey, Anna

30-34 — Greg Zumberger, Minster

35-39 — Tony Arnold, Sidney

40-44 — Bill McKinney, Sidney

45-49 — Mike Thomas, Anna

50-54 — Steve Young, Sidney

55-59 — David Mikesell

60-64 — Gregg Gooding, Jackson Center

65-69 — Phil Kocher, Quincy

New Life Center 5k

at Tawawa on Sept. 5

The Elizabeth’s New Life Center 5K run/walk will be held at Tawawa Park on Sept. 5 starting at 8:30 a.m.

The course will run through the park, and strollers, wheelchairs, wagons and families are welcome.

Packet pickup and same-day registration begins at 7 a.m. at the gazebo at Tawawa Park.

Online registration is available at cantstoprunningco.com/events-list/, and forms are also available in the lobby at Russell Road Church.

If you register by Aug. 26, you are guaranteed a T-shirt. The cost before Aug. 26 is $20 with a shirt and after that date it’s $20 without a shirt.

For more information about Elizabeth’s New Life Center, visit www.ElizabethNewLife.org.