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First slam event draws crowd

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By Mark Brockman

 Less than 12 hours before the start of the Roman Road 5K at Crestwood Baptist Church, the parking lot was flooded. Lightning was crashing down – the rain was torrential – as we gazed out the windows, we felt like we should see Jim Cantore of the Weather Channel bracing himself against the wind reporting on the hurricane that had just hit Crestwood.

We were a little worried about what the weather would hold for the race the next morning. Two hours later, I was home walking my dog in the dark and the sky was clear and dotted with stars. The dawn brought a perfect day with blue skies and sunshine. God is Good. Another big crowd turned out to participate in the 10th Annual Roman Road 5K. Hard to believe it’s been ten years since we started this party. The Roman Road 5K race kicks off the four-race summer series called the Oldham County Grand Slam. There are more Slammers signed up this year than ever and judging from the Roman Road race, the competition will be close. Drew LaMaster won the men’s division in a time of 16:08. Lynn Riedling, our returning champ in the women’s division is back to defend her title and didn’t mess around posting a time of 20:35. In the Public Servant’s Challenge we have a three-way race this year. The Ballardsville Fire Department has decided to chase the cops. The La Grange Police Department will defend their stranglehold on the coveted trophy, with the Oldham County Police and the aforementioned fire fighters doing their best to wrestle it away. The LPD took home the donuts as Don Wright crossed the finish line first among the lawmen.Baptist Hosptal Northeast has fielded a team that will be hard to beat in the Corporate Cup most participants division. They don’t want to let go of that trophy. They say they’ve recruited some speed this year and will be going after the best combined time trophy too. It’s nice to see people take pride in their work and set a great example of how to live a healthy life. There’s time to train for the next leg of the Grand Slam. It’s July 16 in La Grange. The YMCA Oldham County Festival 5K will see cops, firemen, nurses, pastors, car dealers, publishers, concrete salesmen, bankers, journalists, you name it, our whole community, out to win the Grand Slam. Go to www.OCGrandSlam.com to sign up.   The views expressed in this column are those of the writer.