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By Mark Brockman
Oldham Era guest columnist
Raylene Blair, I don't know how you do it, but you Fastline folks always have terrific August weather for your event.
What one would expect to be a typical steamy August morning turned out to be perfect - low humidity and a great temperature to run.
Obviously, you thought the same thing because there was a large turn-out on Aug. 9 to benefit United Way, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society and Habitat for Humanity.
You Grand Slammers are the best! We've enjoyed a record number of community members who are sticking with the challenge of completing four 5K races through the summer of 2008. I'm definitely noticing a number of you looking more trim and smiling more too.
After three out of four legs, the competition continues to be close.
Grace Whitworth, with a cumulative time of one-hour, seven minutes and 59 seconds for the three 5Ks, widened her lead to almost two minutes over Morgan Nieto in the women's division. Don Wright continues to lead among men with a cumulative time of 53 minutes and 35 seconds. Matthew Lawson is lurking close behind with a cumulative time of 54 minutes, 44 seconds.
As for the Public Servant's Challenge, the competition between the Oldham County Police and the La Grange Police, let's just say that Don Wright has not been cooperating by participating in any donut eating contests. Wright and Tara Kelton were again the dynamic duo for the LAPD, posting a combined time of 45 minutes, 26 seconds at the Fastline Funraising event. That gives the LAPD a cumulative time of two hours,19 minutes and 44 seconds. The OCPD trails by slightly less than 16 minutes after Chris Morris and Tim Wakefield carried the load. With one event left, it's gonna take a super human effort for the OCPD.
Remember OCPD officers what I always say - "You can do it!"
The last leg of the Oldham County Grand Slam is definitely the most scenic. The Apple Patch 5K or one-mile walk/run takes place in Brownsboro at the Brownsboro General Store at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 13. Go to www.OCGrandSlam.com to sign up.
I'll see you at the starting line.
The views expressed in this column may not necessarily represent the views of The Oldham Era.