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Fort Gibson

August 27, 2013

‘Around the town run’ great success

What a great turnout to our 17th annual and “First Ever” through town 5K with an added 10K Run.

With much thanks to the participation of the Cherokee Nation Wings Program, we had 843 paid entries for this year's event, that will undoubtedly be forever dubbed the “Annual Around Town Fort Gibson Run.”

Although warm, the weather was great and everything got off to a fast start at the scheduled 7:30 a.m. start time. All the runners, including the 10K’ers, 5K’ers, and One-Mile Fun Runners gathered in the soccer field area, northeast of the school administration building, to head down a course that would take them through many Fort Gibson neighborhoods, past the National Cemetery, alongside the Historic Site and old fort, and down both main Fort Gibson streets, including historic downtown.

The race ended in back of the school cafeteria, and all timing was based on special chips, that each 5K and 10K runners were given to place on their shoes.

The first to finish their race were the milers. Overall male mile winner was Ryan Girty, 28, of Tahlequah. He was closely followed by Sydney Murray, 16, of Fort Gibson.

They were awarded trophies, while all finishers of the Mile Fun Run, were given participation medals. Attention then focused on the longer runs, first being the 5K (3.1 miles). Overall male winner of the 5K was Daniel Mutai, 43, of Muskogee with a time of 17:11.

Overall, he was followed by Crawley Coleman, and Gerbrandt Kenyon. First overall for the female 5K’ers was Lindsay Chaffin, 17, of Tahlequah with a time of 23:21. She was followed, overall, by Hannah Young, and Faith Ketcher.

Overall 5K winners each received a trophy and medal.

Overall male 10K winning time went to Kevin Bugg, 53, of Claremore with a winning time of 42:44.

He was followed for the overall honors by Caleb Harlin and Clay Turner. Overall Female 10K winner was Suriyah Fish, 19, of Moodys with a time of 47:25.

She was followed very closely by her sister, Ezriyah Fish, for second place by only 3/10 of a second. Third overall was Lindsay McCarter. The overall winners, both male and female, also received trophies along with medals.

We want to thank all those that participated in our run, either as runners, or behind-the-scene with the logistics, street control, water stations and event signups.

We also want to especially thank the people of Fort Gibson for allowing us to interrupt their Saturday morning for a short period of time to put this event on.

Several homeowners put up water stations, and were out to cheer the runners on. Additional water stations were also provided by Frank and Carolyn Feldman, Cliff and Carman Garrett, the crew at Steve Clinkenbeard's Century 21, and Mark Seabolt and the folks at FBTCC.

Also, special thanks to Clint Vernon and his staff at the Fort Gibson Police Department for all their efforts in making sure the streets were blocked as necessary, and everyone was safe throughout the run.

Along with Chief Vernon, I especially want to thank Jesse Rigsby, Bryan Cantrell, and Brandon Combs for their individual efforts.

Thanks to Will Crawford and Harps Food Stores for the bananas and apples, Love Bottling for the water, SonBurst Graphics for the outstanding T-shirts, Jason Shelor and Trina Jackson and their crew at Cherokee Nation's Wings for their help and support.

Also thanks to Brian Hoover, Channing Wendt, and Julie Wendt, with TATUR Racing for their help with all the timing and logistics.

And, last, but far from least, the volunteers that came out early Saturday morning to give us a hand... I apologize if I miss anyone, but you know you are appreciated.

Special thanks to Kathy Perkins, who endured me for the past month, along with Cheryl Hill and Tonia Cooper, who helped with the packet preparation, T-shirt sorting, and all the last-minute details.

Lending a hand both Friday evening and Saturday morning, were: David Perkins, Cheryl and Steven Hill, Tonia Cooper, Kathy Perkins, Justin Young, David Perry, Mark and Sherry Young, Tim and Tracey Smith, Denise and Russell Bain, Steve Woods, Carol Milligan, Linda Carr, Lisa Walkingstick, Melody Stacey, Shannon Clark, Mark Seabolt and FBTCC crew, along with several students from Fort Gibson High. Again, if I missed anyone, I am so sorry, but please know your contribution was much appreciated.  

Special thanks to sponsors: Fort Gibson State Bank, Clinkenbeard Agency-Century 21, SonBurst Graphics, Perry Financial Services, Edward Jones Investments, Charlie's Chicken, Simple Simon's Pizza, TM Manufacturing/Ear Plug Super Store, Renfro Electric, Dr. Michael Nelson DDS, Fort Gibson Nursing Home, ServiceMaster Elite Cleaning and Restoration, Fort Gibson Chiropractic, Garrett Funeral Home, Old Depot Recycling, Tim & Kim Murphy, Harp's Food Store, Love Bottling, Muskogee Run Club, and of course, the Fort Gibson Chamber of Commerce.

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