Thousands turn out Monday for Franklin Classic
By Carole Robinson, Staff Writer
Although the weather was iffy Monday morning, a record-breaking 3,509 people turned out to run in Monday morning’s Franklin Classic to benefit Mercy Children’s Clinic. The 34th annual 10K, 5K and 1K Children’s Run is Mercy’s biggest fundraiser.
“It will help us cover the cost of serving the uninsured and TennCare kids,” said Tracie Dycus, marketing and development coordinator for Mercy. “It means we can keep doing what we’re doing and keep doing it well.”
Top 10K finishers included Chris Duncan, of Brentwood, who was the first to cross the finish line in the 10K. He did it in just 35:39 – that’s a pace of 5:45 per mile. Scott Bennet of Nashville came in second with a time of 36:27 and Daniel McGinley was third. His chip time was 37:55.
Franklin’s Sharon Thompson was the first woman and the third person to cross the line with a chip time of 36:47. Ashley Evans from Nashville was the second woman across the line followed by Jillian Skinner. Ashley’s time was 39:55 and Jillian’s was 40:11.
In the 5K Race Scott Wietecha was the first to cross the finish line. He ran a five-minute mile with a total chip time of 15:29. Bob Carrigan came in second with a 16:44 chip time and Kentucky Wempe was third. His chip time was 17:09.
Sonya Friend-Uhl was the first woman in the 5K Race to cross the line. Her time 17:37. Carolyn Yates came in second with a 19:50 chip time and Ginny Bond was third. Her chip time was 20:47.
At age 83 Fred Lovelace was the oldest runner. He ran the 10K in 1:20:45. Nine-year old Cole Hargett was the youngest person to run the 10K. He finished in 1:11:01
Two men ran the 5K Race on prosthetic legs and one in his wheelchair.
Pat Price, age 31, used his wheelchair as legs and “ran” the 5K in 20:10.
John Mabry, age 34, of Brentwood ran with one prosthetic leg and made it to the finish line in 33:00.
Daryl Farler, 32 of Murfreesboro ran the race in 44:50 on two prosthetic legs beating his father, David who ran with him. Last year, as Daryl approached the finish line, one of his prosthetic legs broke causing him to fall and break his shoulder. This year he was much more successful.
“We are thankful to everyone who came out to run and to all our sponsors and the more than 300 volunteers who were here to work all through the weekend,” Dycus said.
Posted on: 9/5/2012