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Posted: April 20, 2009 12:01 a.m.

Rising to the Cheerios Challenge

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The overall winner of the 10K road race was Tim Locke of Monroe with a time of 37:03.

About 725 runners and walkers were up bright and early Saturday morning for the eighth annual Cheerios Challenge, along with more than 500 onlookers and supporters and 102 volunteers who pitched in to make the event a success.

Covington YMCA Executive Director Louly Hay-Kapp said, "We're extremely grateful to those people who gave of their time and enegery to make it all come together. There were volunteers on the route as early as 5 a.m. in the morning during the week leading up to the race as well."

"We're also grateful to the Covington Police Department, led by Lt. Al Miller, and Lt. Chris Cain, who made sure the route was safe. That took a tremendous amount of coordination on the part of the police department."

The event raised about $5,500 to be donated to the Partner with Youth program, which allows children and families to participate in YMCA programs who otherwise would not be able to afford to participate.

Last year there were about 970 people served in the program, and Hay-Kapp said the number of enrollments in Partner with Youth has been on the rise. "Right now, we have many more requests because of the economy," she said. She pointed out the YMCA does not turn away particpants because of an inability to pay.

The event was sponsored by Advantage Fire, BB&T, General Mills, Longhorn Steakhouse of Covington, Police Who Care/Covington Police Department and Sunbelt Builders.

The complete results of the race are listed at www.coolrunning.com, or you can click here.

The top winners for the 5K race are:

  1   TRAVIS KNIGHT                19  M        OXFORD       GA 18:29.9
  2   ERIC JOHN                    37  M      COVINGTON      GA 19:25.2
  3   ANDREW NOLLEY                21  M     JACKSONVILLE    NC 19:44.6

The top winners for the 10K race are:

  1   TIM LOCKE                    44  M        MONROE       GA 0:37:03.3
  2   ERIC JOHN                    37  M      COVINGTON      GA 0:39:45.9
  3   GARETH STRIDE                55  M        DULUTH       GA 0:41:04.1

The top winners for the 1-mile fun run are:

  1   KYLE PUGH                    10  M      COVINGTON      GA  6:02.8
  2   SEAN EAGAN                   10  M      COVINGTON      GA  6:03.4
  3   TAYLOR KNORPP                10  F      COVINGTON      GA  6:07.2

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