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Veteran runner wins first Walk for Hope 5K

Veteran runner Ryn Morrison clocked a time of 25:52 to win the first-ever 5K event at the Halifax County Cancer Association’s annual Walk for Hope Saturday at the Halifax County Fairgrounds.

Or was it a little more than the 3.1 miles normally run in a 5K event, Morrisson casually asked race organizers following her run.

“I had my GBS, and it was 3.3 miles, said Morrison with a smile.

“The first mile was pretty much downhill, and the last mile was uphill, which made it challenging.

Morrison had competed in four marathons and three 50K events prior to Saturday’s 5K, and plans to do the annual Outer Banks marathon in November.

“That’s nice and flat,” she remarked.

The top male finisher was Army National Guard recruit and Halifax County native Jacob Saunders, who finished in a time of 28:56.

A member of the Guard for eight months, Saunders gets plenty of running experience, running two and one-half miles a day while at home.

Saunders, who ran his first-ever 5K race on Saturday, plans to compete in even more 5Ks in the future.

Rounding out the top-three female finishers Saturday were Laura Thompson, with a time of 30:29 and Angela Allred, with a time of 35:05.

David Conner, with a time of 29:17, finished second among male runners, with Alan Briley coming home third in 29:52.


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