Rain doesn’t slow runners at the Dr. Bender 5K Classic

Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove
A soggy race course did not deter runners at the ninth annual Dr. Bender 5K Classic in Canal Winchester on July 22. The race began after a heavy morning rainstorm moved through the area. Eli Gerlach won the men’s division with a time of 15:34. Gerlach, who won the race for the second straight year, said he was pleased with his time since he did not get a lot of time to warm up prior to the race due to the rainstorm. The Dr. Bender 5K Classic is a fundraiser to benefit the Canal Winchester cross country and track teams.
Runners getting in a last minute warm up before the race.
Mackenzie Meyers won the women’s division with a time of 18:52. Meyers said there were some large puddles on the course, but that she plowed through them.
Runners at the start of the 2017 Dr. Bender 5K Classic.
Photo courtesy of Cristy Duckworth
Siblings Thomas Duckworth and Erin Duckworth of Canal Winchester ran the race together. “Thomas’ focus this season will be to stay in shape for the Navy and to encourage his freshman sister, Erin, to improve her time,” said their mother, Cristy Duckworth.
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