Thousands turn out for annual St. Jude run

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More than 1,600 runners took to Minden’s streets during the 8th annual Minden Run for St. Jude 5K, 10K, half marathon Saturday morning.

More than 1,600 participants took part in Saturday’s Minden Race for St. Jude. Bruce Franklin/Press-Herald
More than 1,600 participants took part in Saturday’s Minden Race for St. Jude. Bruce Franklin/Press-Herald

The event grew by nearly 500 runners over last year’s race.

“Each year it gets bigger and bigger,” race director Erin Ramsey said. “We get a lot of runners from out of town and state that come.”

The race raised more than $75,000 for the children’s cancer research hospital.

The majority of runners were not serious athletes, but just supporters of St. Jude raising money for the cause.

“Majority of our runners come out just to support St. Jude,” Ramsey said. “Out of the 1,150 people that did the 5K, I’d say that 700 of them just came out for the cause.”

Ramsey said overall, the race went on without any hiccups thanks to all the volunteers that helped as well as the other race organizers, which included Jeff and Dr. Jennifer Lee, Judilyn Wise and Danita Rentz.

5K Winners

Open winners of the women’s 5K were Shauna Perez of Monroe with a time of 21:48; Amelia Christy of Minden with a time of 22:24; and Kaylee Davis of Minden, with a time of 23.26.

Open winners of the men’s division were Josiah Perez of Monroe with a time of 17:49; Cade Clemons of Minden with a time of 18:17; and Trey Allen of Haughton with a time of 19:14.

10K Winners

Open winners of the women’s 10K were Nichole Nuccio of Bossier City with a time of 46:39; Shelly Christy of Minden with a time of 48:23; and Ashley Pate of Sibley, with a time of 49:21.

Open winners of the men’s division were Austin Mikovich of Keithville with a time of 37:39; Matt Catha of Shreveport with a time of 40:02; and Kent Carlisle of Shreveport with a time of 43:14.

Half Marathon Winners

Open winners of the women’s half marathon were Shelly Armstrong of Shreveport with a time of 1:32:54; Elda Campos of Longview, Texas with a time of 1:39:11; and Kelci Rodgers of Farmerville, with a time of 1:41:11.

Open winners of the men’s division were Dwain McDuffie of West Monroe with a time of 1:18:30; Andrew Dawson of New Market, Virginia with a time of 1:27:53; and Jorge Palacios of Bossier City with a time of 1:30:33.

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