POMEROY — Runners and walkers alike came out to Meigs High School this past Saturday to participate in the 16th annual Keep Your Fork 5k.
Keep Your Fork is a run that raises money for The Brandi Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund that gives two Meigs High School seniors involved in cross country and/or track and field an academic scholarship.
John and Cheryl Thomas had a memorial table set up for their daughter Brandi Thomas recognizing the life she led for 16 years. Since Brandi was an organ donor, the event had a booth set up regarding information about organ donation and two donor memorial quilts were hanging, one with a square for Brandi and another for a fellow MHS student and organ donor, Matthew Ault.
Participants and guests at the race could sign up for door prizes and those who ran or walked had access to bananas, water, and Gatorade after the race.
At the line up of the race, Mike Kennedy said a prayer giving thanks to the participants of the race and shared how much everyone’s involvement with this event truly makes a difference in a student’s life. He recognized runners participating in the race who had received the Brandi Thomas Memorial Scholarship from years past.
The first person to cross the finish line at the Keep Your Fork 5k was Hunter Parsons, a Meigs High School student, with a time of 18.06.
Results are as follows:
Overall Male Race Finishers – Dillon Mahr (22.19), Colton Heater (21.52), Hunter Parsons (18.06)
Overall Female Race Finishers – Jennifer Bartrum (25.44), Morgan Lentes (25.08), Jess Cook (24.54)
Top Female Finishers 13&Under (Fifth to First) – Alexis Grubb, Taylor Barnes, Addison Well, Andrea Mahr, Taylor Bartrum
Top Male Finishers 13&Under (Fifth to First)- Grant Roush, Jacob Roush, Caden O’Neil, Cyle Kennedy, Jasper Roush
Top Female Finishers 14-17 (Third to First)- Mary Roush, Sydney Kennedy, Jess Cook
Top Male Finishers 14-17 (Second to First)- Jesse Chapman, Colton Heater
Top Female Finishers 18-22 (Third to First)- Ashley Morgan, Byrnn Harris, Haley Kennedy
Top Male Finishers 18-22 (Fifth to First)- Brandon Mahr, Jake Roush, Tyler Fields, Dillon Mahr, Hunter Parsons
Top Female Finishers 23-29 (Fifth to First) – Shellie Bailey, Hayley Aanestad, Bobbi Sayre, Jamie Bailey, Morgan Lentes
Top Male Finishers 23-29 (Fifth to First)- Dru Reed, Nathan Becker, Crockett Crow, Steven Mahr, Cody Ridgway
Top Female Finishers 30-39 (Fifth to First) – Beverly Smith, Juli Well, Meghan Lee, Renee Buckley, Gabby Sanders
Top Male Finishers 30-39 (Fifth to First) – Justin Roush, Wes Sanders, Erik Love, Josh Witherell, David S. Kennedy
Top Female Finishers 40-49 (Fifth to First) – Heather Hawley, Megan Ebert, Jess Welker, Dee Swartz, Jennifer Bartrum
Top Male Finishers 40-49 (Third to First) – Mike O’Neil, Ray Johnson, Toby Swartz
Top Female Finishers 50-59 (Fifth to First) – Laura Winston, Pat Letson, Gina Tillis, Brenda Scott, Anna Vanderlaan
Top Male Finishers 50-59 (Fifth to First)- Jim Freeman, James Soulsby, Brian Roush, Steve Brooks, Steve Watson
Top Female Finishers 60&Over (Fifth to First)- Sheila Harris, Bette Hackett, Dinah Stewart, Francie Shrimplin, Pamela Kenniston
Top Male Finishers 60&Over (Fifth to First)- Barry Boyer, Jerry Well, Cecil Snow, Rich Haft, William Condee
Awards for the participants in the River City Race series were presented as well.
Results are as follows:
Male and Female Third Place Winners of $200 – Jess Welker and Nathan Becker
Male and Female Second Place Winners of $300- Cheryl O’Bryant and Jim Freeman
Male and Female First Place Winners of $500- Jennifer Bartrum and Don Tillis
Participation Winners – Ross Stewart, Gina Tillis, Nathan Jeffers
Even though the proceeds for this race do not go towards the funding for the River City Runners, Keep Your Fork is the end of the season race. The organization will be beginning their race series for their 2017-18 season, starting with the Jingle All The Way 5k at Riverside Golf Course on Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. in Mason, W.Va.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing.