The Mosswood Golf Course was filled with athletes on the morning of June 8. There were 70 registered participants for the seventh annual Mosswood Fun Run. The event, hosted by the Knights of Columbus each year, donates all proceeds to the Knights of Columbus Charities which support the youth of Holy Rosary and Monroe City Schools along with various organizations in the area.
The event started promptly at 6:30 a.m. All pre-registered participants formed in line as they arrived to get their goody bag, t-shirt and number for the race. Anyone not registered could still sign-up prior to the start of the race and received the same gifts for participating. At 7:30 a.m. the race began with runners and walkers taking off for the set goal of the finish line.
There were serious competitors with intentions to gain personal time and place in the top score. Others were there just to enjoy a morning jog or walk and come to support a good cause.
At the end of the course, near the finish line, runners could enjoy drink stations set up with Gatorade and water for those who would need to hydrate themselves upon completion of the race. Next to the drinks, a snack table was provided with fruit, snack bars and muffins.
The first runner across the finish line was Charlie Pendleton, of Choctaw, Oklahoma with a time of 22.10. Charlie received the medal for best overall runner out of all the men division’s. Charlie attended the Mosswood Run with his parents, Bill and Lisa, along with his sister Mia. Lisa explained, “We have attended the Mosswood 5k every year since it started. Often, when out as a family we search for other 5k’s we can take part in as a family,” adding, “Coming here each year is like a family reunion. We get to see so many friends and family.”
Emily Barrick, of Shelbina, received the medal for best overall runner out of all the women division’s. She completed the 5k in 22.13 minutes. Barrick stated, “This is the second time I have been able to win the best overall medal”.
After all the runners/walkers were finished, organizer Mark Yager announced that the Kids Fun Run would begin for any child 12 and under. Then, the children followed a golf cart driven through a mile course fun run.
Lastly, all the winners were announced for each division and given a medal. In the division age 50 and older men Mike Greenwell took first-place, Bill Pendleton came in second-place and Jimmy Hagan placed third-place and for the women Lisa Mattingly received first-place, Marilyn Minor came in second-place and Marilyn Coupland placed third. In the 30-49 age division men’s John Russell took first-place, Neal Minor came in second-place and Brian Barrick received third-place and the in the women’s Danielle Lorenson came in first-place, Beth Keller placed second and Aimie Spalding received third-place. In the 15-29 age group division Luis Camacho and Emmalee Williams took first place, Cash and Katie Vannoy received second place and Whitney Bichsel placed third. In the 14 and under division Russell Lemongelli and Emily Spalding came in first place, Michael Spalding and Bradi Keller took second place and Tanner Lorenson and Tatyon Foltz received third place.