Columbus man wins Oldest Street Race

Overcast skies didn’t keep 118 runners and walkers from participating Monday in the 3rd annual Oldest Street Race in Bellefontaine.


Runners cross the starting line of the 2014 Oldest Street Race Monday in Bellefontaine. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | T.J. HUBBARD)

The 5k event, which allows participants to donate registration fees to the non-profit entity of their choice, raised about $1,180, event organizer and Bellefontaine High School faculty member Katie Rychener said.

Taking first place was 34-year-old Jamie Hart of Columbus, with a time of 19:48.5. Second place honors went to Bellefonaine area resident Mike Dickerson, 51, who finished with a time of 20:53.5. Brian Sprang, 36, of Kenton, was third with 22:04.4.

For the women, Debbie Ellis, 61, of Bellefontaine, finished first with a time of 24:59.3. Zanesfield residents Alexis Scheiderer, 39 and Heather Godwin, 41, were the second and third place finishers with times of 25:31.9 and 25:35.9, respectively. Ellis finished 15th overall; Scheiderer and Godwin were 19th and 20th.

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ABOVE LEFT: Katie Rychener presents 2014 Oldest Street Race winner Jamie Hart with a trophy. ABOVE RIGHT: City resident Debbie Ellis, top female finisher, poses with her trophy. 

This year’s race featured a new course and a new time keeper, Speedy Sneakers. Runners placed microchips in their shoes and were provided a chip time and a gun time at the conclusion of the race. There appeared to be no issues with time keeping efforts, which reportedly hampered last year’s event.

Mrs. Rychener’s DECA students prepped the course, handled race registration, passed out gift bags and guided participants during the race.

Trophies and medals were provided by Six Hundred Downtown. Participants also received free T-shirts.

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