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SLIDESHOW: Castle, Clark win Cinderella Dash 5K

Nobody turned into a pumpkin and Rick Castle of Clarksville and Jenny Clark of Halifax emerged with the winner’s trophies in Saturday night’s Cinderella Dash 5K at The Prizery.

Castle, who was running in his third race of the year and competing in his first 5K of the year, won the 3.1-mile race with a time of 20 minutes and 33.13 seconds. He beat runner-up Kevin Underwood of Bassett by almost two minutes. Underwood clocked in with a time of 22:22.08.

“It was quite tough,” Castle said of the race that started at 11 p.m. and concluded just shy of midnight.

“There were a lot of hills. The heat and the hills made it quite challenging. 

“I expected it to be tough, just because of the heat,” added Castle, noting that he usually competes in marathons and half-marathons.

“I used to work up here, and I knew there were hills, but I was surprised by how many hills. It was quite a challenging course.”

Underwood echoed Castle’s sentiment that it was a tough race.

“It was the second-toughest race I’ve run this year,” Underwood pointed out.

“I normally run 20 to 22 of these races a year. We ran a mountain trail race in Martinsville and that was the hardest race I’ve run this year.”

The only quirk, Underwood said, was an unclear turn on the course.

“They (the race officials) didn’t have one of the turn-arounds marked well, and some people went the wrong way. My brother (third-place finisher Patrick Underwood, a rising senior at Bassett High School and a member of the Bassett High School cross country team) would have won, but he ran the wrong way.”

Patrick Underwood finished the race in a time of 23:09.07

Jenny Clark of Halifax won the women’s race, turning in a time of 25:10.41. She edged Kari-Ann Dyckman of Collinsville by just under 15 seconds. Dyckman’s time was 25:25.29.

“It was hot and the hills were pretty bad, but it was a good race,” said Clark who was competing in her first race in two years.

“I thought the hills were pretty bad, and the heat didn’t help. The last hill is what really got me, but I made it and didn’t walk. 

“It was a very fair course,” added Clark.

“It was tough with all of the hills, but it was great.”

Alyssa Gravitt of Alton finished third with a time of 25:33.84. 

A field of 118 runners and walkers participated in the race, some of whom raced in costumes to coincide with the Cinderella story theme. Corey Rice of Mebane, N.C. won best costume honors among the male runners competing in the race and Scotty Felton of South Boston won the prize for the best costume among the women runners.

The event was the first event staged by the South Boston Running Club, with all proceeds raised from the event going to benefit The Prizery.

Formed in May of this year, the South Boston Running Club’s slate of officers includes Andy Rice, president; Beth Tingen, vice president; Amanda Everett, treasurer; Anne Leggett, secretary and Audra Webb, program director.

Donations may be sent to the South Boston Running Club, P.O. Box 903, South Boston, VA 24592.

Area businesses helped support and sponsor the event.


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