Saturday, December 20, 2014

19-year-old leads Color Craze pack

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 5/5/2014

Dalton Ramsey raised his arms in victory as he crossed the finish line in first place Saturday morning at Ottawa’s Forest Park.

The 19-year-old Osawatomie man covered the course in 20 minutes, 6 seconds to win the Communities In Schools of Ottawa Color Craze 5K Run/Walk, which began and ended near the east shelter house in Forest Park, 320 N. Locust St.

Dalton Ramsey raised his arms in victory as he crossed the finish line in first place Saturday morning at Ottawa’s Forest Park.

The 19-year-old Osawatomie man covered the course in 20 minutes, 6 seconds to win the Communities In Schools of Ottawa Color Craze 5K Run/Walk, which began and ended near the east shelter house in Forest Park, 320 N. Locust St.

“It was a great morning for a race,” Ramsey said as he sipped on a bottle of water moments after completing his sprint to the finish line. “I usually compete in half and full marathons — this is the first 5K I’ve run in awhile.”

The Communities in Schools fundraiser attracted more than 160 runners, organizers said Saturday morning. Communities In Schools coordinates after-school programs and helps keep students in school through its drop-out prevention work.

While the race’s attendance was down from more than 200 runners last year, organizers said, this year’s race had the novelty of a bride and groom participating in the race in their wedding attire. Melissa Hubbard and Damien Emley were married in the park shortly after they finished the race together.

Other community events and regional races competed for people’s time Saturday morning, Jamie Keiter, Communities in Schools program director, said.

“Given everything going on this weekend, I’m pleased with the turnout,” she said. “And we’ve got great weather for it.”

Sara Ochs, Ottawa, was the first woman to cross the finish line in a time of 24:58, while her 14-year-old son, Cameron, led the youth movement to the finish line with a time of 21:41. Mom and her eighth-grader at Ottawa Middle School said their times were personal records for a 5K race, which equals 3.1 miles. The course wound through the downtown area and City Park before returning to Forest Park.

Cameron has been running races since he was 7, Sara Ochs, who runs for Kansas City-area Team 413 and local Front Row Sports, said. Team 413 is “about spreading the good news of Christ,” according to its Facebook page.

“When Cameron first started running, I could beat him,” Ochs said. “Now, I can’t even see him [when he finishes]. This day was totally perfect.”

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