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Runners raise $7,700 for students

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By Dwane Wilder

Perspiration wasn’t the only thing flowing Saturday morning at Deerfield.

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Money poured in at a record pace — $7,700 total — during the 3rd annual Firecracker 5K to Benefit Campbell County Public Schools.

Race organizers said the proceeds generated from this year’s race would go toward a scholarship for a deserving high school senior.

“We want to help someone get past a high school education, to get into college,” said Manning, who, along with fellow Dayton, Ohio resident Mary Gunlock, helped to organize the annual fundraiser in 2007.

Sponsors included Springs Dock, G-Rides, BC Bonding, James Capitol Alliance, Peoples Bank, Deerfield Rentals, Rainbow Nursery, Terre’s Dance Workshop, the Webster family, Ryan Media, Stardust Marina, Budde Sports, Kash-n-Karry, Lindsey’s Carpets and the Cropper family.

This year’s race featured over 80 participants, who braved the hilly Deerfield course for a good cause.

Former University of Dayton distance runners Zack Lewis, Brett Fisher and Matt Manning finished first, second and third, respectively.

Lewis (17:45) and Fisher (17:52) battled back and forth throughout the winding course before the former took the lead during the last mile, which was all uphill except for the final 200-yard sprint to the finish line.

Nick Manning, a former college linebacker at the University of Miami (Ohio) finished fourth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Doug Foster of LaFollette, 5th; David Bobka, 6th; Diane Striebel, 7th; Nick Riedel of LaFollette, 8th; Eric Cantross, 9th; and Ryan Fisher, 10th.

Striebel (20:56) led the women, followed by Alison Leever, 2nd; Lauren Davidson, 3rd; Annie and Peggy Colavincento, 4th and 5th; Annie Blazer, 6th; Suze Manning, 7th; Kelly Acres, 8th; and Gretchen Tongco, 9th.

The race has generated $17,000 total the past three years to benefit the students of Campbell County Public Schools.