2012-11-08 / Sports

Over 100 compete in Optimists’ Hidden Gold Rush 5k race

Saturday’s Optimist Club 2012 Hidden Gold Rush and Run brought out more than 100 runners, adding to an already-full weekend in Washington.

“The race was a great success,” said Washington Optimist race organizer Peggy Anderson. “We had over 100 runners with a wonderful turnout from locals as well as out of town, with participants ranging from 11 years old to 81 years. This is a wonderful family event!”

The first-place finisher was Clint Watkins of Madison with a time of 19:04.2. Washington’s Jeff Lukich was second, and tops in the Masters class, with a 19:22.8, while Bryan Fanning of Crawford took third overall and first in his class with a 20:52.8.

Washington’s Andy Vazquez was fourth overall and first in his age group with a 21:27.5, while Tignall’s Jack Martin ran fifth overall and tops in the 15-19 age group with a 23:24.9. Tanya Boyd placed sixth overall, was the first female finisher, and was first in her group with a time of 23:41.5. Karen Swann, formerly of Washington was the first female Master with a time of 24:32.7.

Runners can see how they placed and their times at Coolrunning.com.

It was fortunate that the Optimist-sponsored race coincided with an active weekend in Washington-Wilkes, Anderson said. “It was an asset to have the Washington ArtFest the same weekend. Many of the out-of-town participants were excited to know there was more to do while they were here. They loved the town and how kind everyone was to them. We look forward to next year’s race with more participating. We want to really grow the event.”

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