Saturday, May 31, 2008

News Courier article - Cotton Row

The names of Limestone County runners who completed Cotton Row are published in today's issue of The News Courier.

Please note that though my name appears at the top of the story, the content of what I submitted was changed during the editing process at the paper. This is not really a problem and is to be expected any time an outsider submits something for publication at any media outlet.

The only reason I mention this is because of the unintended slight in the headline, which declares "Six Limestone County residents do well at 29th Cotton Row Run."

I am instantly reminded of a couple of years ago when Athens' Phillip Stewart ran the New York Marathon and The News Courier article about his feat read "Stewart runs New York Marathon but finishes back in pack." That one simple word "but" cast such an undeservedly negative slant on Phillip's outstanding (or should I say outrunning) accomplishment. While I'm sure neither of these were intentional barbs, they are barbs, still, sharp and scratchy.

Anyone who puts forth the effort to get out there and complete such a race has done extremely well and deserves to be recognized for their courage and endurance. As those familiar with the running community know, very few people run to win. Running is about something deep inside oneself. Running is about meeting a personal goal. It's about fellowship and fun, happiness and well-being. If everyone ran to win, what an ugly sport it might be.

Also, let me say, I worked at The News Courier myself for nearly six years and during that time I made plenty of mis-steps and mistakes in my work. I absolutely appreciate the News Courier sports guy, Scot Beard, for publishing this info in order that our local runners get the recognition they deserve.

Kudos to all 93 Limestone finishers in the race (actually there may have been more for I didn't include runners from places like Madison, Toney and Harvest, which may or may not lie in annexed portions of the county).

Kudos to all of the nearly 3,000 finishers in both races and

Kudos to Scot, too, for doing alone the job that in most other like-sized communities is probably done by a staff of at least three or four.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Cotton Row Run 10K photos

Cotton Row Run results

For full Cotton Row Run 2008 results as posted on the official Cotton Row website, click here.

The 29th annual Cotton Row Run 10K & 5K races took place Monday in Huntsville. The above link also leads to several pre- and post-race articles as published in The Huntsville Times.

Limestone County runners who brought home 10K race awards are:

Andy Davidson, 18, of Athens, who took second place in his age group with a finish time of 39:48;
Whitney Hollingsworth, 44, of Elkmont, who claimed fifth overall female masters by finishing in 44:57;
Betty Byrne, 68, of Athens, ran a 1:08:08 for an age-group second. Byrne is among a handfull of runners with the distinction of having participated in Cotton Row every year since its inception.

Limestone finishers in the 10K include:

Betty Byrne, 68, Athens, 1:08:08 (second in age group)
Pamela G. Henderson, 58, Athens, 1:17:04
William Bet-Sayad, 56, Athens, 48:41
Eddy Burks, 55, Athens, 51:58
Lars Edwards, 58, Ardmore, 1:03:31
Richard Brown, 50, Athens, 49:38
Denny Thornton, 54, Athens, 50:59
Phillip Dean, 54, Athens, 55:31
Meg C. Stroud, 46, Athens, 57:14
Tim Fogg, 46, Athens, 48:52
Glen King, 47, Athens, 51:01
James Grantham, 45, Athens, 53:04
Brian Schrimsher, 45, Athens, 59:11
Robert Kerstetter, 46, Athens, 1:03:38
David Ray Gregory, 45, Athens, 1:05:13
Whitney Hollingsworth, 44, Elkmont, 44:57 (fifth overall, female masters)
Sally Shelly, 44, Athens, 1:23:09
Tom Holt, 42, Athens, 44:45
Barry Pugh, 40, Elkmont, 50:29
Chris Furno, 44, Athens, 56:13
Tom Ridinger, 43, Athens, 57:14
Ricky McCarver, 41, Athens, 59:19
Anna Underwood, 39, Athens, 1:04:28
Sue Noah, 38, Athens, 1:04:40
Todd Bohanan, 39, Athens, 45:34
Eric Patterson, 36, Athens, 45:53
Lanier Greenhaw, 37, Athens, 47:48
Brian Jarrett, 35, Athens, 51:31
Kenneth Lewis, 39, Athens, 54:53
Tim Richter, 36, Athens, 58:54
Todd Matthews, 39, Athens, 1:04:19
Megan Haney, 32, Athens, 1:23:28
Morgan Ellis, 31, Elkmont, 49:15
Shannon Allen, 32, Athens, 51:21
Matthew Kyle, 30, Athens, 56:26
Chris Burgreen, 34, Athens, 1:00:27
Jennifer Pitts, 27, Tanner, 51:19
Callie Burgreen, 28, Athens, 56:42
Alison Kincannon, 27, Ardmore, 1:11:58
Tyrone Harris, 28, Athens, 35:12
Andy Davidson, 18, Athens, 39:48 (second in age group)
Myles Underwood, 14, Athens, 54:32

Of 1,606 finishers in the 10K race, the senior-most was Jim Howell, 86, Huntsville, 1:21:44 (third in age group). The junior-most was Regan Weakley, 7, Huntsville, 1:06:22 (first in age group).

Limestone runners who brought home awards in the 5K race include:

Julie Thomason, 59, Ardmore, 28:12 (second in age group);
Bud Bowen, 58, Elkmont, 20:31 (first in age group);
Alison Jay, 13, Athens, 22:37 (first in age group);

Other Limestone runners in the 5K event were:

Julie Thomason, 59, Ardmore, 28:12 (second in age group)
Bud Bowen, 58, Elkmont, 20:31 (first in age group)
Barbara Burks, 51, Athens, 41:02
Sandi Draper, 46, Elkmont, 37:26
Tamara Warner, 45, Elkmont, 37:49
Amy Holmes, 45, Athens, 49:47
Glen King, 47, Athens, 23:30
Jim Logan, 46, Elkmont, 27:43
Danny Holmes, 45, Athens, 49:47
Susan Lynn Phillips, 41, Athens, 33:38
Janet Couch, 41, Elkmont, 37:03
Anita Gail Bates, 44, Elkmont, 37:26
Melinda Quinn, 42, Athens, 46:37
Sabrina J. Holt, 42, Athens, 49:19
David Quinn, 42, Athens, 24:26
Tanjie Schrimsher, 39, Athens, 27:17
Keri Johnson, 35, Athens, 35:20
Deanna McNeill, 38, Athens, 45:59
Angie Holt, 38, Elkmont, 47:18
Heather Kyle, 39, Athens, 49:59
Tim McNeill, 37, Athens, 23:32
Jeff Grisham, 38, Athens, 26:03
Troy Johnson, 37, Ardmore, 33:13
Cynthia Cross, 33, Tanner, 27:58
Jennifer Gresham, 33, Athens, 31:12
Atina English, 31, Athens, 33:21
Jenny Jarrett, 32, Athens, 33:36
Erin Rae Tyler, 32, Elkmont, 40:10
Kristy Leann Swanner, 34, Athens, 42:10
Allen Tucker, 34, Athens, 25:11
Leah Dison, 26, Athens, 30:58
Lori Lovett Vining, 28, Athens, 32:12
Jenny Stockton, 38, Athens, 35:06
Anna Olson, 22, Athens, 30:28
Douglas Pennington, 22, Athens, 34:11
Lee Jeffreys, 24, Athens, 34:14
Amanda Bohanan, 17, Athens, 29:23
Laurie Bohanan, 17, Athens, 30:40
Amy Holmes, 17, Athens, 49:47
Andy Davidson, 18, Athens, 20:24
Dalton Burks, 17, Athens, 34:19
Charlotte Quinn, 15, Athens, 45:50
Daniel Logan, 15, Elkmont, 34:02
Brian Nelson, 14, Athens, 43:44
Alison Jay, 13, Athens, 22:37 (first in age group)
Chloe Hollingsworth, 12, Elkmont, 44:30
Rylea Holt, 11, Elkmont, 45:48
Andrew Brian Snider, 11, Athens, 24:46
Adam Harvey, 13, Athens, 26:13
Clinton M. Holt, 12, Athens, 32:10
Warren McNeill, 13, Athens, 36:56
Malynne Holt, 10, Elkmont, 44:30

Of the 1,234 finishers in the 5K, the Senior-most was John Laughlin, 87, Charlotte, TN, 52:01, while two 6-year-olds were the junior-most: Austin Kimbrough, New Market, 38:48; and Slate Rucker, Harvest, 46:01.