Thirty-two runners kicked off the annual Cherry Days celebration by taking part in the annual 5k run/walk at Apple Valley Park Saturday, June 30.
At the age of 78, Jerry Harding was the oldest participant; the youngest was Beckham Reedy, who ran his first 5k at the age of 6. At the end of the run, he said he had no idea the course would be so long.
The fastest runner, Paul Kimpling, completed the course in 18:26. The top female runner was McKenna Broyles, who finished second overall at 19:22.
Other winners included:
17 and under -- male, Elijah Evans, 21:33; female, Aubre Andre, 27:55.
20-29 -- female, Mc-Kenna Broyles, 19:22.
30-39 -- male, Paul Kimpling, 18:26; female, Amber Trout, 26:06.
40-49 -- male, Trent Jacobson, 34:17; female, Cari Johnson, 38:06.
50-59 -- male, Levi Broyles, 20:09 and third overall; female, Karen Helleckson, 25:36.
Master's (60 and over) -- male, Dave Knutson 27:37; female, Lynn Callicutt, 38:29.
Awards were presented in eight categories, thanks to support from prize sponsors Indigo Autumn, Reedy's, Bank of Colorado, First Colorado National Bank, Paonia Flower Shop, Western Colorado Realty, Kevin Parks State Farm, North Fork Pool and Recreation District and Hands on Bodyworks.
All participants also received a pair of commemorative socks from the PHS cross-country team, sponsor of the event. Event organizer Brandy Parks expressed her appreciation to all who came out to support Paonia High School's cross country runners.