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Despite the threat of heavy thunderstorms all day, the 10th ProActive for Life 5K was held Friday evening with perfect running weather prevailing from about 5:00 p.m. on throughout the evening.  Over 700 people registered to run or walk the 5K, with 630 finishers.  A record number of cheer teams lined the streets to cheer the runners and walkers on throughout the course.

Congratulations to the overall male and female winners:
1 Aaron Schaffner 655 38 M 1 35-39 16:30.5
2 Brandon Pulliam 759 24 M 1 20-24 16:51.2
3 Scott Buser 776 49 M 1 45-49 17:28.2
1   Roberta Meyer 790 52 F 1 50-54 20:38.1
2   Madalyn Stichnot 630 24 F 1 20-24 21:19.5
3  Erin Harper 787 36 F 1 35-39 21:31.1
The top finishing First Timers (those who have never or not in the last 5 years completed a 5K or longer road race) were 43 year old Jason Ransdell with a time of 23:57.2 and 10 year  old Ella Luking with a time of 27:15.5.
In the School Challenge, Second Street School came in first, winning the $500 cash with 179 participants.  Hearn Elementary won the $300 award with 59 runners/walkers, followed by Westridge Elementary with 44 participants, winning the $200 award.
The school with the highest percentage of students participating was Second Street School, with 109 students total.  For this effort, Second Street won $100 cash plus will have a Monarch Way Station planted at their school, complements of the Capital Area Master Gardeners.
The two fastest teams also happened to be school teams, with Second Street again coming in first place and Good Shepherd School’s team a close second.
Since this was the 10th year, and the race fell on Earth Day, several other activities were held in conjunction with the race, including the “Grow Your Own Butterflies” presentation by Kentucky authors Judy Burris and Wayne Richards held at the Grand Theatre, the Healthy Earth/Healthy Bodies Expo held on the Old Capitol Lawn, and custom made ceramic medals for all age group winners.
Unclaimed race packets and medals can be picked up at ProActive Therapy, 1004 Leawood Drive, now through May 13.  Race results are on the Facebook page and will be posted soon atwww.proactivetherapy.org.

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