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Runners take to the road to aid victims and survivors of sexual abuse

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Updated: Thursday, March 28, 2013 10:03

It was a beautiful day for a race on Saturday as the runners took to the course for the running of the Take Back the Night 5K at East Tennessee State University, and yours truly was amongst them. The temperature was a bit on the chilly side, but that didn’t stop a massive and excited crowd from running a race that would benefit a worthy cause.

The race started in front of Gilbreath Hall and runners looped their way around campus before running toward the Tree Streets. The route made a circle through the neighborhood before sending the runners back up the numerous hills to reach the Culp Center, — the finishing point for the race.

The course was not terribly challenging although running up the hill on the way back to campus did slow some runners down. I finished the race with a time of 29:44, which isn’t too bad considering I’ve never considered myself to be a distance runner.

In addition to the runners enjoying the run, the proceeds from the run help victims of sexual abuse.

There were several classes in the race, which meant there were many different winners. Amanda Livingston, 28, placed first in the overall women’s standings with a time of 24:07. Erika Santucci and Patti Vanhook won the Masters Female and Grandmasters Female races, respectively, with times of 27:04 and 30:28.

Other notable finishers in the female division were Kim Bushore-Maki, finishing with a time of 28:07 in the women’s 40-44 age bracket, and Cassandra Bainbridge, winning the women’s 65-69 age bracket with a time of 34:45.

On the men’s side, Dustin Greene, 24, crossed the line first with a time of 20 minutes flat to take home the win in the overall standings. Gary Pleasant, 49, won the Masters division with a time of 21:24 and Tom Ecay, 54, won the Grandmasters division with a time of 24:52.

Other notable finishers included Jimmy Moates who posted a time of 30:31 in the men’s 50-54 bracket. Equally impressive was 65-year-old Roger Ketron who won the 60-over age division with a time of 26:22.

Overall, the race went well. Sponsors for the race included Women’s Nutritional Health Center, ETSU IFC, WUJ Medical Alliance, ETSU Campus Recreation, Women’s Studies and the RHA. For more information about Take Back the Night, visit www.takebackthenight.org.

 

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