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January 27, 2015

GHS runners take top spots in annual 5K


Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jon Hein finished at 23:56. He runs each year because “it’s for a good cause.” (Bob Robinson photo)

GREENVILLE – Jacob Butsch, Greenville High School junior, took first place at the annual Breast Cancer Awareness 5K Run/Walk in downtown Greenville July 26 with an unofficial time of 16:58. Four seconds later he welcomed 2014 GHS graduate Calen Bruner.

Bruner said he was heading off to college this fall and wanted to get an idea about his running time. Butsch said he liked playing football. “I wasn’t big enough,” he said. “I got concussions… so I decided to run instead.”

Before the official race started, there was a race for young people. They started at the Annie Oakley statue, went north around the circle and back to the statue… approximately a mile. Some of them then joined approximately 325 others for the 5K. A future runner, 11-month-old Parker Eikenberry, was exploring barriers and testing his balance as mom, Kellie, tried to keep up with him. She said he’d been walking since he was nine months old.

Hayley Maher, Miss Annie Oakley 2014, ran the 5K in 28:12. “That’s my best time yet,” she said proudly.

One annual runner, typically leading the pack in his age group, is Darke County Common Pleas Judge Jonathan Hein. His time this year was 23:56. “It’s for a good cause,” he said. “That’s why we do it. Good cause. Good people.”

Runners came in all ages. A young girl, about eight or nine, was pacing herself down the home stretch. Bystanders were calling out to her… “Good job, you’re almost there.” She passed Fourth Street then suddenly kicked it into high gear… sprinting to the finish line. Not too long after, a woman and her husband were wrapping up their walk… “He’s 78 today!” she announced, proudly. Time about 60 minutes.

First place runner GHS senior Jacob Butsch welcomes recent GHS graduate Calen Bruner, following right behind, for the two top spots. They finished at 16:58 and 17:02 respectively. (Bob Robinson photo)

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