Chatfield College Holds First Annual Solomon’s 5K Fun Run/Walk
About 50 participants laced up their sneakers for the Chatfield College first annual 5K Solomon’s Run/Walk on Saturday, April 28 held at the college’s main campus in St. Martin, OH. The race was held as a fundraiser for scholarships in conjunction with the college’s annual quilt and craft show.
“We were very pleased with this year’s turn out,” said John Penrose, Director of Admissions at Chatfield College. "Especially since weather conditions were cool and overcast with temperatures hovering in the mid-40s.”
Andrew Bridges, a professor at Chatfield, attended the event with his brother, Allan Bridges. Professor Bridges thought the weather played to his advantage and helped him cut his time down significantly. "The cool temperatures and scenic landscape made for a very pleasant run," Bridges said.
The overall winner of the event was Andrew McFarland of Fayetteville, Ohio.
Other winners included Michelle Patton (overall women’s winner); Ralph Jennings (men’s 35+ winner); Angela Handra (women’s under 24 winner); Heather Green (women’s 25-35 winner); Charlotte Tafaro (women’s 45+ winner).
Brown County Commissioner Ralph Jennings, winner in the men’s 35+ running division said, “I thought it (the race) was well organized and a nice event for the community.”
In the walker’s division, Fran Siegler placed first in the women’s walkers and Jack Gaunce placed first in the men’s walkers.
"From the fundraising point of view, it was certainly successful," Penrose said. "We got our name out there a little more. I think we reached some individuals we haven't in the past." Penrose said event organizers are already planning next year's Solomon’s 5K Run/Walk.
Special thanks to John Penrose Sr. from Kroger, AA Safety, Bob Roncker's Running Spot, and Fayetteville Athletics for their assistance with the race.
(Photo caption: Overall winner Andrew McFarland of Fayetteville, Ohio crosses the finish line.)
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