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900 runners raise $25,000 for charities

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    Saturdays half-marathon race course took runners to North Harmony Street and Ridge Drive in Medina.

    PHOTO COURTESY KEITH DIRHAM

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    Plenty of oranges await runners Saturday at the end of the half marathon held in Medina.

    BOB SANDRICK / GAZETTE

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MEDINA — More than 900 runners from 23 states took part Saturday morning in the fourth annual Medina Half Marathon and 5K Run that raised about $25,000 for local charities, according to Beth Bugner, race director and a member of Medina County Road Runners.

The runners club organized the half-marathon and 5K, and the title sponsor was Summa Health System.

Race proceeds will be given to the Road Runners’ scholarship fund, Stand Up for Downs and the Mary Grace Memorial Foundation, which helps families dealing with cancer. Organizers said the half-marathon and 5K has brought in more than $100,000 over the past four years.

Two Medina residents were among the top finishers.

Placing first in the half-marathon was Brian Cull, of Akron, in 1:16:33. Stephen Cullen, of Medina, came in second at 1:18:26, and Daniel Malcolm, of Canton, finished third at 1:19:02.

Among women, Medina resident Chelsea Oswald finished first in 1:21:45.

“Chelsea won three years in a row,” Bugner said. “She broke her own course record by two minutes this year, which is amazing.”

Jamie Adams, of Cleveland, came in second among women in the half-marathon in 1:27:56, and Teresa Ferguson, of Akron, came in third in 1:29:14.

In the 5K event, Jon Trout, of Medina, won in 18:39; Josh Hawley, of Homerville, was second at 18:50; and Sean Sullivan, of Medina, was third in 19:22.

Results also were recorded for a half-marathon walk, with Kathleen Pierce, of Geneva, first in 2:12:10; Rachel James, of Cleveland, second at 2:52:25; and Jeannine Nicholson, of Medina, third at 2:52:26.

All results are online.

Heather Bush, of Hartville, was not among the early finishers Saturday, but she didn’t mind. It was her first half-marathon, and she was thrilled to cross the finish line.

Bush ran with her husband, Gary Bush, who already had competed in a couple half-marathons.

“I was not a runner,” Heather said. “My husband runs, so I started walking to get in shape.”

Heather Bush said she felt relatively comfortable throughout the race.

“It hurt, but I knew that I could do it,” she said. “My husband supported me all the way.”

Another runner was Alison Smith, 65, of Brecksville.

“I started running when I was 62,” Smith said. “This was my first half-marathon in Medina.”

The course started and ended in Public Square. It wound through the eastern part of town, starting in the north, and crossed state Route 18 at about the midpoint, proceeding through both Medina Township and Montville Township.

TOP FINISHERS

The top 10 in Saturday’s Medina Half Marathon:

  1. Brian Cull, Akron 1:16:34
  2. Stephen Cullen, Medina, 1:18:27
  3. Daniel Malcolm, Canton, Mich., 1:19:03
  4. Evan Close, Lakewood, 1:20:15
  5. Arlen Glick, Massillon, 1:20:37
  6. Chelsea Oswald, Medina, 1:21:46
  7. Ryan Stenquist, Provo, Utah, 1:22:16
  8. Michael Iacofano, Medina, 1:22:25
  9. Jake Simon, Medina, 1:22:34
  10. Jason McDowell, Burghill, 1:22:34

The top 10 in Medina 5K:

  1. Jon Trout, Medina, 18:39
  2. Josh Hawley, Homerville, 18:50
  3. Sean Sullivan, Medina, 19:22
  4. Jim Chaney, Akron, 19:23
  5. Seth Hothem, Cleveland, 19:41
  6. Jimmy Kendel, Medina, 20:25
  7. Jared Edens, Akron, 20:27
  8. Mark Armelie, Akron, 20:45
  9. Roy Salazar, Medina, 20:57
  10. Chad Larson, Strongsville, 21:17

The top 10 in Medina Half Marathon Walk

  1. Kathleen Pierce, Geneva, 2:12:10
  2. Rachel James, Cleveland, 2:52:25
  3. Jeannine Nicholson, Medina, 2:52:26
  4. Mandy Golod, Medina, 2:52:49
  5. Julie Shinn, Akron, 3:00:36
  6. Eric Eisenmann, Lakewood, 3:02:10
  7. Michaleen Ensworth, Beaver Falls, Pa., 3:04:26
  8. Monica Gorman, Medina, 3:11:44
  9. Robert Hiram Johnson, Akron, 3:18:00
  10. Debbie Munoz, Tallmadge, 3:18:01

Messages may be left for Bob Sandrick at (330) 721-4065.

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