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Run for the Trails 5K: Pair pursuing year of running

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    Songa Halstead, left, and Tina Romig from Wadsworth pose for a picture after finishing their ninth 5K this year. Their goal is to do one each month.


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    Participants in the Run for the Trails 5K in Seville take off from the starting line at 9 a.m. on Labor Day.


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    Runners approach the finish line around the 25 minute mark. The shade that covered the home stretch provided a cool break for the runners.



SEVILLE — Sonja Halstead and Tina Romig of Wadsworth dressed in matching tank tops that said “I hate running” to a 5K in Seville on Monday.

Despite the sentiment expressed on her shirt, this was not Romig’s first time participating in the Run for the Trails 5K.

“I’ve done it before,” said Romig, who competed in the 40-44 age group. “This is the second. Last time I did it was maybe three or four years ago.”

Halstead and Romig have a goal to do one 5K a month this year and the 5K at Stanhope Park in Seville on Labor Day was their ninth.

“We’re just training to live to be 100,” said Halstead, who ran in the 45-49 age group. “We have three more for the year. I hurt my knee in March, so I’m pushing through it.”

The race started and ended in Stanhope Park. Runners did a 3.1 mile loop along Chippewa Creek and Leohr Park.

“It started 18 years ago,” said race director Dennis Gordon.

“Basically, it was established for Labor Day as a Labor Day attraction up in the village,” Gordon added but the race began primarily in order to fund the building of hiking and biking trails in Seville.

A trail was built in Seville three years after the start of the 5K, which continues to raise money for an expansion of that trail and for other trails in the village.

About 150 runners participated in the race despite the heat, 77 degrees during the race, and the humidity that was prevalent in the early morning hours. Registration for the event began at 7:30 a.m. and runners crossed the starting line at 9 a.m. The race lasted about an hour, although most of the runners finished in 40 minutes or less. The trees and Gazebo in Stanhope provided refuge from the heat for the runners and their families.

The overall awards were divided into two age groups. The overall female and male were for those with the best times.

The overall master’s award was for the best male and female over 40.

However, this year, all four winners were over 40.

Michelle Farr who ran in the 45-49 age group won the title of overall female with a time of 20:17 and Tricia Hibler who ran in the 40-44 age group won the title of overall masters for the female division with a time of 22:26.

For the men’s division Sean Sullivan who ran in the 40-44 age group won overall male with a time of 19:01 and Steve Marshall who ran in the 50-54 age group won overall masters with a time of 20:52.

Registration cost $20 for those who preregistered and $25 for those who registered on the day of the race.

Runners were provided with a T-shirt and breakfast after the race. Breakfast consisted of bananas, apples and baked goods. Water was also provided to the runners.

Family and friends of participants were able to participate in a raffle in which local businesses donated prizes.

Some of the prizes included gift cards provided by American Heritage Restaurant, Seville Flower and Gift, and Caf← on Main.

Polish Pottery in Medina donated a 16 ounce gentleman’s mug and the Look Salon in Medina donated a $30 hair treatment.

For more information about the Run for the Trails 5K, visit

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or
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