Freedom runners brave cold to race

By Ed Brock

Cecelia Peacock still seemed to be shivering from the cold even as she waited in a relatively warm gym for the results of the Southlake Kiwanis Club's Second Annual 5K "Freedom Run."

Peacock, 27, pushed through Monday morning's numbing winds to finish the race in 23 minutes and 31 seconds, earning the first place position for her age category.

"I think it was a great course. The first mile and a half were all down hill," said Peacock, a resident of Marietta.

About 120 runners and walkers joined Peacock for the race that sent them jogging (or walking) along the roads surrounding Clayton College & State University in Morrow. They were competing for the many medallions and trophies that would be awarded at the end of the day, but they were also doing their share to help people they would probably never meet.

While the proceeds from the race have not yet been totaled, race organizer and Southlake Kiwanis member Kent Ross said he believes it raised between $1,500 and $2,000 for the club's Disadvantaged Youth Scholarship Fund. That fund will eventually disburse money to young people in the Morrow area who want to go to Clayton College but who don't qualify for other grants or scholarships.

"These are kids who are bright enough but they come home and have to baby-sit their baby sister because their mom's at work," Ross said previously. "Things are hard for them but you can see a spark in them that says they are good kids."

Monday's race went well, Ross said.

"We were very pleased with the turn out and the reception," Ross said. "People seemed to like the route."

Art Webster, 42, of Duluth gave the course his stamp of approval.

"There were no really bad hills ? It was just one long, gradual ride," said Webster, who added "I've been running a race just about every weekend since Thanksgiving."

Oscar Campos, 21, of Los Angeles, had the overall best time, finishing the course in 17 minutes and 27 seconds, making him also the best overall for the men's division. Kevin Finnegan, 46, of Atlanta took first in the master's category for racers over 40 with a time of 19 minutes 20 seconds.

Sherri Hintz, 48, of Villa Rica, took overall first place in the women's division with a time of 21 minutes 20 seconds while Jeanne Daprano, 67, of Fayetteville took first place in the master's category with 24 minutes 6 seconds.

Other winners in the women's division follow by age category and beginning with first place in those categories.

Ages 11-14: Kelsey Spinks, Anka Van Wyk and Kelley Spinks.

Ages 15-19: Libby Orendorff, Rosey Glidewell and Tyshe Nester.

Ages 20-29: Cecelia Peacock, Janet Trainer, Tracie Hawkins, Jameelah J. Greene and Tracey Adams.

Ages 30-39: Gaudalupe Gomez, Teresa Hobbs, Mindy Ostrom, Denise Newson and Shannon Mitchell.

Ages 40-49: Diane Glidewell, Estelle Van Wyle, Renee Finnegan, Laura McCormick and Michelle Thornton.

Ages 50-59: Elaine Delong and Colleen Stephens.

In the men's division the winners are as follows.

Ages 10 and under: Jacob Williams and Joshua Clark.

Ages 11-14: Benn Barrett, Zack Duncan, Jody Glidewell, Will Bell and Josh Robinson.

Ages 15-19: Bobby Ralston, Tyson Bonner, Lawrence Hamel, Reginald Whibbey and Logan Huber.

Ages 20-29: Jake McLemore, Scott Hughes and Manuel Juarez.

Ages 30-39: Curtis Crocker, Gordon Siskey, Andy Altman, Antonio Magwood and Curt Malone.

Ages 40-49: Wes Whitaker, William Hearn, Brian Sheehan, Larry Walters and Art Webster.

Ages 50-59: Bo Martin, Ed Davis, Roger Mills, David Carter and Will Glidewell.

Ages 60 and over: Maurice Cook, Bob Bullington, Charles Cohn and Clifford Paulin.

Other major sponsors for the race include Georgia Power, Heritage Bank and Allan Vigil Ford.