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Joe's Run draws big crowd for 13th annual event


Start of the 10K

Start of the 5K and more

By Charles Clines

The wind was a little too high (gusting more than 20 mph) to be enjoyable, but after last year's cold AND wind, Saturday morning (March 27) seemed perfect to the Joe's Run officials. Apparently, the morning met the approval of participants, too, as about 2,200 registered for the 10K and 5K that started on Hemphill, near the intersection of Rosedale in Fort Worth. After fighting the wind, most runners said their times were a little slower than their recent efforts.

Besides the 10K and 5K events, Joe's Run again had activities for the youngsters, including a bounce house and face painting, a live band and several choices of tasty food along with coffee and other drinks. And then there were the colorful parrot trophies to be won.

Among the winners was Andrew Montes, 22, a recent graduate of Texas A&M and winner of the Cowtown 10K in February. He also took charge of Joe's 10K to win in 33:29.9. Winning the female 10K race was 14-year-old Kellee McCann of Newark with a 40:54.2. Masters winners were Kristi Grimes, 41, of Colleyville with a 48:08.7 and Robert Rose, 50, of North Richland Hills in 37:58.1.

In the 5K, another 14-year-old, Sydney Brown of Lewsville, won the female title with an 18:46.1 while Jake Powers, 18, won the male race with a 17:52.6. Winning the masters titles were David Holtsford, 48, of Lipan with an 18:46.8 and Ruthie Tate, 45, of Burleson with a 21:08.3. Tate won her third consecutive women's masters Cowtown title in February.