>Race Director Jim Aldrich poses with female entrants (left photo) and male medal winners (right photo).
AND SAY HURRAH FOR LEXIE
Kay Aldridge was back in form after a year’s delay, sweeping to two Gold Medals in the Northwest District’s Mile and 5-kiloometer Rec Walks Monday Brownlee Park. She was joined in a sweep of gold by Duane Chilton.
And in a first for the District, a puppy was awarded a Gold Medal. Lexie, Velma Johnson’s puppy, followed her master through the entire mile course. When the Gold Medal was placed around Velma’s neck for first in the 55-69 age bracket for women, Lexie got her own medallion. “It’s okay,” assured Johnson, referencing the Senior Olympics target demographic, males and females 50 years of age and older. “:She’s 50 in dog years.”
Aldridge swept to two golds in 2014 but didn’t repeat last year because the event was rained out. She had best times of 13.13 in the one mile and 42.17 in the 5-K. Those ranked behind only Chilton’s 12.18 and 39.44 among the males.
Faye Scroggins managed to medal in the women’s 5-k (bronze in the females 55-69 age group). “That’s my first 5-k in 37 years,” she said proudly when she accepted award.
Females Ages 55-69: Velma Johnson 15.05 Gold. Donna Monroe 16.07 Silver. Faye Scroggins 16.58 Bronze. 70-79: Kay Aldridge 13.13 Gold. Sherrie Vullo 13.37 Silver. Jeanette Kohlnhofer 17.36 Bronze.
Males Ages 70-74: Duane Chilton 12.18 Gold. Ed Reynolds 14.44 Silver. 75-79: Fred Walters 13.18 Gold. Curtis Boyett 15.27 Silver. Doyle Blasingame 17.38 Bronze.
Females Ages 55-69: Donna Monroe 48.43 Gold. Velma Johnson 48.44 Silver. Faye Scroggins 52.11 Bronze. 70-79: Kay Aldridge 42.17 Gold. Sherrie Vullo 45.53 Silver.
Males Ages 70-74: Duane Chilton 39.44 Gold. Ed Reynolds 47.09 Silver. 75-79: Fred Walters 43.11 Gold. Curtis Boyett 49.23 Silver.