A 70% chance of rain failed to dent the enthusiasm as 63 participants came from as far as Richmond and Houston to compete in Mason’s 3rd Annual Gem of the Hill country 5&10k. According to racers, the weather was perfect and the course was great although 5k runner, Chris Vaughn, commented that the route was the most difficult he’d confronted in a long while. He vows to come back with a better show the next time. Nice to hear!
Brady resident, Kim Appleton, was the 5k overall female winner in a time of 24:17 and Mountain Home’s Perrin Wells took overall honors in the male division for the second year with a time of 21:18. Mary Kaplan of Sunrise Beach was the overall female Master.
In the 10k, Mason High School’s star cross country runner, Tomas Callejas, took first place honors for the second year in a row with the new course record of 37:12. Arlington’s Julie Sandoval broke the female division’s course record crossing the finish line in 45:25. Mason’s Gaylon Thorn and Sue Caldwell, of Pipe Creek, took overall Masters honors.
5k Masters stand-out, Mary Kaplan, comments: Thanks again for another fun morning. And please thank all the volunteers along the course and at the finish line. It is always a great help to have real live people at the turns. The water stops were great—one every mile is the best, the awards are beautiful and the course was accurately measured.
Thanks Mary, and thanks to our sponsors and volunteers. We couldn’t have done it without you.
10k racers Jacie Rychlik, Yolanda Gonzalez, Kaitlyn Cavness, Hillary Bibb, and Myles Banner prepare to take on all comers at the 3rd Annual Gem of the Hill Country 5& 10k.