|Runners show varied looks, from pain to pleasure, on Weisenberger Mill Road, the last leg of the race.|
Photos by Adrian Rudd, University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications
Story by Midway Messenger Staff
|As dawn neared, the crowd began to gather under "the Tin Man," the old water tower.|
Organizers of the race estimated that for every two runners, three more people attended, making the estimated total crowd about 3,500.
The race is organized by John's Run/Walk Shop of Lexington. It makes a major donation to the Woodford Humane Society, which provides most of the volunteers who help along the route, and smaller donations to the Shop With a Cop program, the City of Midway and the Midway Ministerial Association.
|Motorcylist Walt Leaumont and bicyclists George Vanmeter III and Alan Siebenthaler led the pack.|
Mayor Grayson Vandegrift, third from right, thanked the attendees and blew an air horn to start the race.
|Runners gathered under the tower, preparing to start the 13.1-mile race at 8 a.m. It was 45 degrees.|
|The race started at Dudley and Brand streets, going up Brand Street to Stephens Street.|
|Alex Payne of Franklin, Tenn., in red shirt at left, led at the start and ended the race as the winner.|
|Another view looking east on Stephens Street illustrates the large number of runners; 1,375 finished.|
|Two women seemed to be supporting each other as they headed up Weisenberger Mill Road toward the finish line.|
|Later in the race, some stragglers set a slower pace in front of Midway University on East Stephens Street.|
|At the finish line on Brand Street, Jarred Brewster finished first in the 20-24 group and fifth overall.|
|Zaan Janse of Lexington finished third overall|
and second in the 25-29 age group.
|Overall winner Alex Payne after the race.|
His time was 1:17:49.61. He is 27 years old.
|David Florence of Lexington finished 130th, but eighth in the 45-49 group, and he was happy.|
|Emily Frith of Eastern Kentucky University|
was the women's overall winner, in 1:23:10.40.
|Jon Terry of Springfield, Va., who placed 49th overall,|
put his medallion on his daughter after the race.
|Denise Pfefferle of Lexington placed first in the 30-34 age group and 48th overall.|
|Justin Strickland of Lexington smiled as he finished the race.|
He placed 84th overall and 10th in the 20-24 age group.
|Nathan York checked his time (1:31:37.63),|
which placed him 25th overall and fourth in
the 35-39 age group.