Familiar faces win Hound Dog Hustle 5K
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Ken Hall and Molly Tucker are no strangers to Lake Grapevine Walkers and Runners (LGRAW) events and both have had numerous successes. Molly, an eighth grader, set her 5K PR at the 2007 Hound Dog Hustle of 18:05 when she was only 10 years old. Ken won the male overall that year with a 16:14 when he was 43.
Both were the first across in their respective divisions again on Saturday (April 24) morning. Ken, 46, of Colleyville won the male overall title with a 16:44.2 and Molly, 13, of Southlake took the female division with an 18:14.8. Between Saturday morning's race and the one in 2007, Ken has recorded three masters victories and Molly won her age division in 2008. Ken also won overall in 2006. Taking the male's Masters title was Robert Fowler, 48, of Grapevine with a 19:07.2. The event served as the RRCA State Championship 5K.
Another familiar runner in the winners' circle was Leana Sloan, 47, of Grapevine, who won the female masters title in 20:30.6. Leana made it a deja vu morning by winning the masters title, which she also did in 2007 when Ken and Molly won overall trophies. She won the female overall title in 2009 and almost matched her 20:29 time despite recent injuries, surgery and a bout with pneumonia. Kathryn Hutchinson, 41, of Grapevine won the female Grand Masters with a 25:52.2
Runners, walkers and dogs enjoyed a near perfect morning although as rain clouds disappeared by start time. Before the dark clouds zipped away, rain had fallen as most participants were on their way to Lake Grapevine. After the 5K, many took their dogs for a run/walk in the 1-mile event. Numerous dogs of all sizes participated.