The 8th annual Race Street Run sponsored by St. Mark's Church was run this past Saturday through the streets and byways of Jim Thorpe in simmering heat and humidity.
The Run, which benefits the restoration of the church's set of 12 bells in the church tower, consisted of both 4 mile and 15K (9.3 miles) races.
Volunteers manned water stops and checkpoints along the race routes, the longer of which extended to Mauch Chunk Lake Park before returning eventually to Race Street and St. Mark's Church.
The races had "staggered" starts with the 4 mile run starting at 8:30 am and the 15K run starting at 8:45 am.
Both runs started on Broadway in front of the Carbon County Court House and finished on Race Street at St. Mark's Church.
After the completion of each race, awards were presented along with refreshments for the runners.
The event was revived by St. Mark's Church which took over the race in 2006, having last been run prior to that in the mid 90s by the Switchback Road Runners.
In the 4 mile event, the overall winners and their times were:
Ÿ Men 1st - Andrew Bernado 22:55; 2nd - Drew Gantert 24:40; 3rd - Sam Ramsey 24:41.
Ÿ Women 1st - Alexandra Bull 26:16; 2nd - Amanda Kane 29:08; 3rd - Ashley Underkafler 29:55.
In the 15K event, the overall winners and their times were:
Ÿ Men 1st - Jeremy Scheid 56:08; 2nd - Jason Kennedy 57:52: 3rd - John Martino 59:14.
Ÿ Women 1st - Jaclyn Shokey 1:08:31; 2nd - Debbie McLaughlin 1:11:41; 3rd - Kerry Dwerak 1:12:33.
Additional awards were also presented to men and women by age categories.