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By Mark Brockman
Whew. The summer of 2012 has been a challenging time to keep in running shape, but you’ve done an awesome job. The numbers of participants have remained strong in spite of the oppressive heat.
From the first race at Crestwood Baptist on a warm May morning to near Death Valley temperatures during the YMCA 5K in July to a very pleasant morning in Buckner, we’ve been amazed to see great turn outs of runners and walkers at every event. Way to go!
With a record number of hot days this summer, you should be proud that you’ve stuck with it and finished strong in the first three legs of the Oldham County Grand Slam.
I want to report to you the standings for all six championships that will be awarded on Sept. 22 in Brownsboro at the Apple Patch Scenic Road 5K. We’ve got another great finale brewing, so let’s get right to it.
Ladies first: Shannon Knable has a commanding lead in the overall female competition. She leads all ladies who have completed the first three events by more than 10 minutes with a cumulative time of 1:00:50. Kristen Campbell is in second place at 1:11:42. Alex Ruhs (1:13:37), Kendra Kiser (1:14:35) and Judy Tolsdorf (1:14:50) round out the top five.
In the men’s category, John Campbell has maintained a steady pace and kept multi-year champion, Don Wright, just behind him in the standings. John’s cumulative time for the three events is 53:35 while Don’s is 55:49. The next three men in order have all posted respectable times. In third place is teenager Samuel Kiser at 56:55, while fourth place finds another teen, Zechariah Rumsey, at 1:01:32. Fifth place is held by Jonathan Marcum, who has posted a time of 1:02:16 for the three events.
Baptist Hospital Northeast has all but secured another win for most participants. This same team from the hospital in La Grange also holds a lead for best cumulative time in the large organization division. Fred Tolsdorf and his Champion Chevrolet team, “Team Champion,” are the front runners to take the small company division trophy back to their dealership for another year, and the Oldham County Police look to repeat in the Public Servant’s division.
It’s not too late for you to join in at the Apple Patch 5K on Sept. 22. The weather will most likely be much more favorable and you can start your quest for an ultra cool Grand Slam shirt by participating on all four races in the 2013 season. Sign up online at OCGrandSlam.com today to experience a great community event in Brownsboro.
For those of you that will complete the fourth and last leg of this year’s Grand Slam in Brownsboro in a couple of weeks, I say keep training, stay hydrated and watch out for the increased traffic on the roads now that school is back in session. I want to encourage you to take a shot at your best time ever. I’ll see you out there.
You can do it.
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