Grand slam of running wraps up

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By Mark Brockman

Whew wee! That was fun! The 5th annual Oldham County Grand Slam was a resounding success. Thanks to you.

We had a record number of participants finish all four races. Which just goes to show that Oldham Countians are the best! I want to congratulate each of you that are now proudly wearing your 2008 Grand Slam shirts. Way to go. To those of you that participated in one or more of the events this summer, I say, good job. Make this year’s effort a springboard to increasing your fitness leading in to next year’s Grand Slam.

There are only eight months until we lace ‘em up again for the first leg of the Grand Slam on May 30.

Here’s more big news...Grace Whitworth is the 2008 Oldham County Grand Slam champion in the women’s division. Grace blew through all four races like hurricane Ike blew through Oldham County the day after the Apple Patch 5K, with a combined time of 1:30:17. Don Wright won his second Grand Slam title this year covering the four race total of 20 kilometers in 1:02:00, that’s less time than it takes some of us to complete a 5K. Don edged out Matt Slovick by less than one minute after all four races. Watch out Don... Matt says he’s coming back next year. Grace and Don received the coveted Oldham County Grand Slam grand prize of a personalized Louisville Slugger bat.

The fourth and final leg of the Grand Slam, the Apple Patch Scenic Road 5K, put a nice finishing touch on the summer. Joe Spoelker did his usual excellent job along with the leadership and residents at Apple Patch and put on a super event. The 5K course of this event is just beautiful. Many think this is our best course. If you were there Sept. 13, you saw a great turnout on a humid day. There were lots of smiles as runners and walkers made their way down the last hill to the finish line. More hardware was distributed to other big winners after the finish at the Apple Patch Scenic Road 5K in Brownsboro.

Public Servant’s Challenge

La Grange Police took home the big shiny trophy and will proudly display that they are the first champions of the Public Servant’s Challenge. The Oldham County Police were strong competitors and we, the Grand Slam organizing team want to express our gratitude for the time and effort both departments invested in the friendly competition. Our law enforcement officers don’t get enough recognition for what they do. So here’s a salute to both departments for your service to Oldham County. Next year, I know both police departments would love to see you bring a team to challenge them for the trophy. Firefighters, EMS, county employees, and Oldham County Schools personnel should form teams now and bring it on in 2009! It’s fun to train as a team and it keeps you motivated.

There are two other traveling trophies bestowed for Grand Slam speed and participation. One is for most participants from one corporation and is appropriately entitled the Corporate Cup. Crestwood Baptist Church, last year’s winner, handed the trophy over to Bruce Ogle at The Rawlings Company which brought a strong team to the Grand Slam in 2008. The Rawlings Company in La Grange took the Corporate Challenge honors as well. This award, won by Champion Chevrolet in 2008, is for the best combined time for all four events by two participants from one company. Bruce assures me that the fine folks from The Rawlings Company will be back to defend both crowns next year, so talk it up at your business and get a team together. Your receptionist will enjoy looking at one of those big trophies all year where you work.

All-in-all, the 2008 Oldham County Grand Slam has been a wonderful series of events. I have talked with a number of you that participated. Your feedback has been very positive and is appreciated. We definitely have a more fit Oldham County thanks to your training. Keep it up!

Final 2008 Oldham County Grand Slam results will be printed in a later edition. We’re still behind due to the high winds. Or, that’s our excuse anyway. Stay tuned.

See you next year. You can do it!

The views expressed in this column are those of the writer.