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5K Fun Run Successful for Community and Competitors

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Article by Kimberly Boyd
Mansfield Mayor, Mike Gipson was happy to host the 1st Annual 5k & Fun Run on Saturday, June 30th.
Mansfield had over thirty people in attendance as supporters and runners.  Fifteen runners took the starting line varying from Mansfield Junior High runners, Mansfield Alumni and citizens as well as even the Mayor’s wife, Karen Gipson.
In the beginning of the race, the runners stayed close in time, but in the end, Megan Rose, Mansfield Cross Country Star and Alumni, took the lead, winning and finishing with a 23:43 time, and first place.  Close behind, Resident Press’ Representative, Brandy Jeffrey took second with a finishing time of 26:15, and closing in third was Faith Rainwater, Mansfield’s Junior High Cross Country runner, with 29:52 as her time.
Trent Hayslip, grilled pancakes for runners and supporters at the finishing line per Mayor Gipson’s request as a treat for all those who came out to enjoy the run.  Amanda and Marty Wilson helped with registration, set up and assisted with time keeping for the runners, and a special thank you to Coach Mackey for allowing Mansfield to use the time keeping machine to keep track of official times of each runner.
Also, a special thanks to Mansfield First Baptist and Today’s Bank of Mansfield for providing water stations along the way for the runners, and thank you to the Mansfield Police and Fire Department for directing traffic and runners along the route.   All proceeds from the race went to supporting the Mansfield Fire Department.
Final results and times:

1. Megan Rose  23:43
2. Brandy Jeffrey  26:15
3. Faith Rainwater  29:52
4. Hope Rainwater  35:36
5. Shelby Cole  35:38
6. Natalie Allison  35: 39
7. Miranda Allison  35:56
8. Karen Gipson 40:17 (Fun Run)
9. Jordan Martin 40:58
10. Susan Martin  40:59
11. Penny Taylor  44:05
12. Karen Vorabouth  46:52
13. Delilah McKusker  52:58
14. Britany Moore  53:02
15. Brittany Moore  53:06

Photos courtesy of Olivia Boyd

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