10/30/2019 10:51:00 AM Rain dampens participation
in Spooktacular 5K event
One of the runners who braved the rain to finish the Spooktactular 5K Saturday. (Blake Nash photo)
Despite the rain, 40 people still participated in the 10th Annual Oblong Spooktacular 5K Saturday. Nearly 100 registered men, women, and children were poised and ready for the event, but the number who crossed the finish line was much smaller, chiefly due to the continual rain. Those who did finish ranged in age from 7 to 76.
"This 5K is a fun community event for us," said Amy Kemp, executive director of operations for the Oblong Children's Christian Home, which the event benefits. "Despite the rain, we saw smiling faces and were greeted at the registration windows with warm words of encouragement. The Home is blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community."
Top finishers in each age division were honored with a medal, and the overall male and female competitors received trophies. Crossing the finish line first among women was Darcy Newnum of Sulivan, Ind. Newnum completed the 5K route in 29:06. Among male competitors, Jeremy Ackman of Oblong took first place with an impressive time of 19:47. Ackman is a veteran of the race, finishing first in 2018 as well.
Competitors were divided into six age categories. Among those 10 and under, the top female participant was Avery Ackman, the7-year-old daughter of the top finisher (Jeremy). Avery finished the race 11th overall with a time of 30:21. The top male for this age division was Grayson Craffets of Terre Haute, Ind. Craffets' time was an impressive 26:49. There were no competitors in the 11-15 age grouping. In the 16-20 age division, first place among women went to McKenzie Wolfe of Sumner. Wolfe was announced at the race as having been 20 years old; however, her age is 22. Due to human error, the medal for the age division went to her nonetheless for her finish time of 29:26. Zaine Davis was the top male finisher. The 20-year-old Olney resident finished the route in 1.11:13. Moving up to the 21-30 age division, the top female competitor was Athena Tuel at 30:05. No male counterpart entered the race. At 36 years old, Matthew Kirts finished top among those ages 31-40. Kirts crossed the finish line at 25:52. On the female side of this same age division, Lyndsey Ackman won top honors, completing a winning Ackman trio for the morning. Lyndsey finished the race with a time of 30:22. Another out-of-town runner, David Jayne, nabbed the top spot for men ages 41-50. Forty-five year old Jayne completed the morning event with a time of 25:31, making him the third finisher overall.
Lisa Brenton finished first among women ages 41 to 50. Brenton, of Lawrenceville, boasted a time of 32:54. In the 51-60 age division, the two top competitors were Kevin Colclasure of Newton and Nina Lemeron of Bridgeport. Their times, respectively, were 21:55 and 29:54. And, in the final age category (61 and over), Don Richart completed the course in 32:57, and Vicki May ran it in 30:20.