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Mark Forester memorial event raises money for scholarship funds
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By Jesse Lamar
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nwasports@centurytel.net
HALEYVILLE  -  The fifth annual Mark Forester Price of Freedom Race along with the 34-mile memorial walk was held Saturday, May 16, at the Haleyville High School football field. The purpose of the event is to help raise money for the Mark Forester Foundation that gives a scholarship to one student at Haleyville High School each year.
Seventy people came out to bear the weather and participate in the 34-mile memorial walk. The walk honors how old SrA Mark Forester would have been that year. Each year an additional mile is added to pay tribute to the fallen hero.
This year, a local former US Navy SEAL Kyle Defoor ran the 34-miles to help raise money for The Mark Forester Foundation. He posted his weekly workouts and running schedules on his Facebook page as a way to provide coaching and to draw attention to the event. He also asked his supporters to donate to the cause.
Another 120-140 people participated in the racing events. The events ranged from a half marathon to a 1-mile fun run that concluded the day. The morning started out with the half marathon that began at approximately 8 a.m. Following that, the 5K lined up across the starting line to begin. Next up was the double dip event which was a combination of both the 5K and 10K races. The 10K was the third event to begin, and the 1-mile fun run followed, rounding out the racing events of the day.
A special to this year’s racing events was the presence of the Ainsley’s Angels. The mission of the “Angel Team” is to give someone who does not have the ability to run the ability to fly. The set of two runners push a rider who is physically unable to compete in the race, giving them the opportunity to compete.
The overall winner of the half marathon was Chris Kinne with a time of 1:28:59. The top female finisher in the 30-39 age division was Kelly Farris. Kinne was the first male in that division. In the 40-49 age division, Michelle Ward was the top female finisher. Vint Anderson was the top male. In the 50+ age division, the top female finisher was Karen Monosky. Scott Butler was the top male finisher.
The overall winner of the 10K was Luke Culpepper. He finished the race with a time of 44:45. Aly Donaldson was the top finisher in the 6th-8th grade division. Addison Cook was the top finisher in the 9th-12th grade division. In the 18-29 age division Culpepper was the first place finisher. Jeremy Straightman was the top finisher in the 30-39 age division.
Culpepper was also the top finisher in the 5K. He finished with a time of 18:23. Lewis Barber was the first male finisher in the K-5th grade division. Abbigale Nordheim was the top female finisher. In the 6th-8th grade division, Tristian Carter was the top male finisher. Kylie Spinks, who was a rider athlete with Ainsley’s Angels, was the top female finisher in her division. Spinks was pushed by Vera Spinks and Cheryl Letson.
In the 9th-12th grade division, Michael Painter was the top male finisher. Harlee Bass, another rider athlete, was the top female.She was pushed by Brooke Hood and Hannah Jones. In the 18-29 age division Culpepper was the top male finisher. Jerrica Stambaugh was the top female finisher. Daniel Reaume was the top male finisher in the 30-39 age division. Wenonah Hulsey was the top female finisher. In the 40-49 age division Jeremy Farris was the top male finisher. Kim Edmonds was the top female finisher. Lee Carter was the top finisher in the 50+ age division.
In the 1-mile fun run, Tristan Carter was the top finisher. He crossed the line with a time of 4:56. In the Pre-K division, Wade Stubbs was the top male finisher. Harper Stambaugh was the top female finisher. In the K-1st grade division Bradley Stubbs was the top male finisher. Josephine Hutto was the top female. In the 2nd-3rd grade division John Evan Sprayberry was the top male finisher. Carlise Hutto was the top female. In the 4th-6th grade division, Blake Forester was the top male finisher. Addisyn Stubbs was the top female. Tristan Carter was the top male finisher in the 7th-8th grade division. Hannah Forester was the top female finisher.
Lauren Forester was the top finisher in the 9th-12th grade division. Katie Culpepper was the top finisher in the 18-29 age division. In the 30-39 age division, Cheyenne Martin was first to come across the finish line. In the 40+ age division, Sheila Jones was the top finisher.
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