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Speedy 5-year-old takes 1st in Pumpkin Run

October 2nd, 2010 Posted in Arts and Life, Sports

By Chelsee Niebergall

NORTH LOGAN–More than 100 people from all over the valley gathered to participate in the Pumpkin Run this morning.

Participants met at Elk Ridge Park at 8 a.m. to start the race. Runners were divided into their age groups, given numbers and lined up at the starting line.

There was a 5k race and a mile race. Anyone from 3 to 65 could participate. They had a category for everyone from moms with strollers to the elderly with walking sticks. Every age group was represented at the run.

“We had over 100 people register for the race. So it was a pretty good turn-out for this being our first year,” Alan Luce, director of Parks and Recreation, said.

The first person to cross the finish line was 5-year-old Austin Farnsworth, who ran the one-mile race. Farnsworth was closely followed by Jerrell Mock, 15, who ran the 5k.

Farnsworth and Mock were the overall winners of the races. They were awarded with giant pumpkins in honor of the upcoming Pumpkin Walk.

“We thought about giving out trophies, but we thought giving out pumpkins would be more fun,” said Luce.

Cody Robbins, 18, who came in second in the 5k, said, “I can’t believe (Mock) beat me. He is only 15!”

At the end of October North Logan hosts its annual Pumpkin Walk that brings over 50,000 people to North Logan. Luce hopes to make the Pumpkin Run the kick-off event for the month.

“We hope to one day have events all month long leading up to the Pumpkin Walk,” Luce said.

The goal is to add community-building events every year and this is the first time that members of parks and recreation and volunteers are doing it. They hope one day it will be called “Pumpkin Days,” Luce said.

The next event is the Pumpkin Smash Soccer Tournament, which will be held Oct. 9 at Elkridge Park.


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