Runners, walkers step up for Lucy Corr

In spite of the heat and humidity, more than 130 runners hit the streets Saturday morning for the Lucy Corr Foundation’s annual 5K Run for the Future.

“We have a lot of repeat runners, they come back and run this race,” said Bonnie Meyers, assistant to the executive director of Lucy Corr Village. “We’re very encouraged that it’s still going strong.”

Jon Molz, 23, placed first overall with a time of 15 minutes, 27 seconds, according to information from Meyers. Natalie Kretzer, 23, finished third overall and was the first woman to finish the race, posting a time of 17 minutes, 34 seconds.

Along with a flat-loop course in the Courthouse area for runners, the event included a 2.5K scenic trail for walkers. This year, the walk was opened to strollers and dogs on leashes, Meyers said.

Bermuda District Supervisor Dorothy Jaeckle, who was among this year’s walkers, called the annual 5K “a great event.” Jodi Anderson and her 14-year-old daughter, Lauren, pushed strollers carrying Anderson’s sons, Nathan and Sawyer, in the walk. This is the family’s first year participating in the event, Anderson said, and they may run next year.

The family’s motivation for participation was simple: “Just to get back in shape,” she said.

Stephanie Gomes, of Chester, ran Saturday’s race with her husband, Ed. As she stretched before the run, Gomes said her husband had lost 85 pounds in about six months.

“We both started running right before the Monument Avenue 10K,” she said, and they liked that one so much that they looked for other races to run in.

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