Dr. Bender 5K Classic

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Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Rain did not stop hundreds of runners from participating in the 15th Annual Dr. John Bender Classic 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run the morning of July 16. Runners young and old alike stepped off from starting points on the grounds of Canal Winchester High School, running through neighborhoods and along grassy paths. Dr. Bender, a 1960 CWHS graduate, served on Canal Winchester for 17 years and spent 20 years as the coach of the Canal Winchester girls track team and boys and girls cross-country teams. Even though he passed away in 2013, his legacy continues to impact the community and its students as well. This year’s event had 494 total registrations for all three race options. The winner of the men’s race, as well as the overall 5K, was Steve Adams, 24, of Ashville, who ran the course in 15:32.65. The winner of the women’s race was Amber Carter, 17, of Canal Winchester, who finished with a time of 20:15.15. Results can be found at https://runsignup.com/drbender5k?remMeAttempt=

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