Off and running

Messenger photos by Linda Dillman
A slight drizzle on July 17 did not stop runners from participating in the Dr. Bender 5K Classic Walk/Run. Dr. John Bender, a 1960 Canal Winchester graduate never strayed far from his alma mater where he served as both a coach for the cross country and track teams. Bender passed away in 2013, but his children and grandchildren participate in the annual event. Jacob Thompson from Carroll took first place with a time of 15:12.93. The first place female runner overall was Karoline Pees of Ashville with a time of 20:32.18.
According to organizers, 206 kids completed the one mile fun run (after 245 registered) that was part of the 14th annual Dr. Bender 5K Classic on July 17. The top time for girls was 5:59 for C. Retzke of Columbus. The top time for boys was 6:04 for G. Koenig of Dublin. “That huge turnout was due to the Columbus Running Company having their Summer Grasshopper running program for children entering grades 3-6 come for a live race experience,” said Bender 5K Race Director Steve Blades.


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