Several FC participants excel at Freedom Run
By John Estridge, Sports Editor
Ninety-six people took part in the 41st annual Liberty Freedom Run Saturday, July 6.
Among those runners and walkers were several from Franklin County.
The course is an arduous one running from Liberty to Brownsville. It has been a staple to go along with the annual Liberty Festival for several decades.
Overall, Adam Arndt, Connersville won the 4.7-mile (7.5-K) event with a time of 28:29.4. Arndt is 16. Placing second was Eaton, Ohio's Jason Newport, 48, with a time of 28:53.0. Rounding out the top five finishers and their times were: Aaron Cox, 48, Alexandria, Ken., 44, 29:09.6; Austin Wampler, 19, Milton, 29:18.3; and Logan Torre, 18, Greens Fork, 30:04.4.
On the ladies' side, Missy King, 52, Williamsburg, ran a 34:21.7, which was first for the female running participants and 11th overall. Second for the ladies and right behind King was Gwynne Justice, 50, Williamsburg, 34:21.9
Rounding out the top five women were: Priscilla Kelly, 15, Liberty, 36:45.7; Katie Stofleth, 30, 38:53.7; and Britini Gettinger, 37, Richmond, 40:42.3.
Locally, Megan Ellinger 24, Bath finished third in the Female 19-24 class with a time of 45:01.8. Abby Hildebrand of Brookville was second in the 30-34 age group with a time of 48:23.1.
Age-group wise in the male contestants, 16-year-old Andrew Grant of Laurel was fifth in the 16-18 age group with a time of 36:26.9.
Several Franklin County walkers took part in that segment of the race. The winner was Krista Carr of Connersville. The 60-year-old walker finished the course in 1:03:25.4. She was followed by Hamilton Ohio's Jennifer Cashdollar, 44, with a time of 1:04.11.8.
Franklin County walkers captured three of the next four positions: Ruth Rowlett, 52, Brookville, 1:07:36.6, third place; Nichole Grant, 43, Laurel, 1:08:19.1, fourth place; and Deana Jackson, 46, Brookville, 1:17:18.9, sixth place.
Lori and Addie Ellinger of Bath, ages 53 and 19, respectively came in 18th and 19th, respectively with times of 1:26:44.7 and 1:26:46.6, respectively.
In the male walker classification, Gary Ellinger, 58, Bath came in fifth with a time of 1:26.46.9.
Many runners and walkers were upset there were no water stations set up along the course. It was hot and humid during the contest.