Firecracker 5k draws mass runners
This year’s Marengo Firecracker 5k, on Saturday morning, June 30, featured 1,663 runners and walkers, the most in its five-year history and more than triple the number who participated last year.
The race, which begins at Crawford County Middle School and winds its way downtown, where runners and walkers make their way underground for two-plus miles in the old quarry that is now the Marengo Warehouse and Distribution Center, attracted participants from 18 states, including from as far away as San Diego and Waterville, Wash.
Race participants and spectators were treated to live music before, during and after the race, while there were plenty of bottles of water, bananas and other snacks on hand to help runners and walkers recover after crossing the finish line.
Proceeds from the race, put on by Crawford County Celebrates, will be used to fund the Marengo Labor Day Weekend Festival, including a concert by the band Confederate Railroad.
Marcus Graham of Bristow had the fastest time, completing the 3.1-mile race in 16:25.93. Alissa Bennett of Memphis was the top female for the second year in a row, finishing in a time of 18:28.86.
Awards also were given to the top three male and female finishers in each age group. Following are the final results listed by order of finish:
Male Overall ‘ Marcus Graham, Bristow; Sam Meredith, Louisville; Kris Sensenbrenner, New Albany.
Female Overall ‘ Alissa Bennett, Memphis; Flannery Musk, New Albany; Courtney Bardach, Floyds Knobs.
Male 0 to 14 ‘ Jaryn Weinel; T. Hindorff, Prospect, Ky.; Cole Hess, Cannelton.
Female 0 to 14 ‘ I. O’Brien, wSan Diego; T. Tracy, Louisville; B. Montgomery, Louisville.
Male 15 to 19 ‘ Austin Montgomery, Louisville; Joshua McCoy; Justin McWilliams, Floyds Knobs.
Female 15 to 19 ‘ Gabi Gaines, Depauw; Ali Kerby, Paoli; Zoe Wallace, Campbellsburg.
Male 20 to 29 ‘ Sam Meredith, Louisville; Paul Zemba, Leavenworth; Clay Scarafia, Evansville.
Female 20 to 29 ‘ Alissa Bennet, Memphis; Flannery Musk, New Albany; Bailey Knable, Sellersburg.
Male 30 to 39 ‘ Kris Sensenbrenner, New Albany; Jeffrey Stilwell, Evansville; Matt Rowe, Owensboro, Ky.
Female 30 to 39 ‘ Courtney Bardach, Floyds Knobs; Molly Sensenbrenner, New Albany; Monica Shanks, Louisville.
Male 40 to 49 ‘ Matt Keck, La Grange, Ky.; Marc Hindorff, Prospect, Ky.; Jason Barnett, Santa Claus.
Female 40 to 49 ‘ Christina Linde, West Lafayette; Christina Paul, Ellettsville; Carrie Newman, Newburgh.
Male 50 to 59 ‘ Earl Cavender, Owensboro, Ky.; Bret Maynard, Owensboro, Ky.; Timothy Trine, Berrien Springs, Mich.
Female 50 to 59 ‘ Janna Cavender, Owensboro, Ky.; Jill Acton-Brown, Evansville; Jana Sheets, Bloomington.
Male 60 to 69 ‘ Kenny Stottman, Louisville; Donald Knieriem, Tell City; John Miller, Owensboro, Ky.
Female 60 to 69 ‘ Nancy Palmer, Oviedo, Fla.; Dorrie LoBue, Elberfeld; Donna Ferguson, Jeffersonville.
Male 70 and older ‘ Jon Train, Depauw; Stuart Thickman, Beech Grove; Leo Striegel, Jasper.
Female 70 and older ‘ Eileen Lampert Lowery, Jasper; Lelani Wittwer, Jasper; Barbara McDonald, Hardinsburg.