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Record turnout for ShamWalk/Run

Nearly a hundred walkers and runners turned out at Steninger Track at Lakeview High School on Saturday morning to participate in the 5K ShamWalk/Run, presented by the Mile High Striders Club.

The first official event of the day for the Irish Days festivities, from the littlest tikes to seniors it was a record number of people that signed up to participate and trek the 5,000 meter (3.1 mile) course.

Lakeview High School Track Coach Bobbie Steninger oversaw the event, with assistance from Melinda Howard of the Mile High Striders to track the top finishers and times.

The first event was a quarter mile children’s run for ages 8 and under, with 13 kids making the loop around the track, though some required a little assistance from mom and dad to be carried across the finish line. Zach Gray won first place in the quarter mile race.

Ninety-nine people in all then made their way to the start line of the course, some traveling from as far away as Klamath Falls to participate in the race, which included several members of the Lakeview High School Track team.

Nick Wiebelhause was the first to cross the finish line, completing the 5K course in 19:34 minutes, while Lily Sabin was the first woman to finish, with a total time of 24:11 minutes. Both Wiebelhause and Sabin are members of the LHS track team.

Katherine McKenzie was the first of the walkers to complete the course in a time of 42:08 minutes, with Michael Cuff being the top male walker at 45:50 minutes.

After every participant had crossed the finish line, prizes were awarded based on age group and category, as well as drawings for gift cards and bigger prizes while Bobbie Steninger handed out balloons to children.

The ShamWalk/Run was sponsored by Howard’s Pharmacy, the Cuff family, Subway, Back Yard Floral, Yankee Screen Printing and the Chamber of Commerce.

Overall winners: Male runner – Nick Wiebelhaus. Male walker – Michael Cuff. Female runner – Lily Sabin. Female walker – Katherine McKenzie. Ages 12 and under: Male runner – Sedrick Marchesano. Female runner – Alyvia Hamrick. Female walker – Hailey Neal. Ages 13-19: Male runner – Dominic Leal. Male walker – Michael Cuff Jr. Female runner – Anna Fledderjohan. Female walker – Michaela Cuff. Ages 20-29: Male runner – Stephen Griffin. Female runner – Lisa Vantieghen. Female walker – Jillian Hansen. Ages 30-39: Male runner – Chris Finetti. Female runner – Breanna O’Connor. Female walker – Deseree Thornton. Ages 40-49: Male runner – Mike Tighe. Female runner – Bunny West. Female walker – Wendy Conley. Ages 50-59: Male runner – Mike Price. Male walker – Mike Zacher. Female runner – Connie Cummins. Female walker – Diana Hansen. Ages 60 and up: Male runner – Greg Christensen. Male walker – Reggie Cozzalio. Female runner – Karen Smith.

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