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Rotary 5K a success

October 28, 2012
By CRAIG HOWELL - Managing editor ( , Weirton Daily Times

WEIRTON - The rain stayed away just long enough Saturday to make the second-annual Run with Rotary 5K a success.

The event, held by the Rotary Club of Weirton Heights, included a run and walk race along the Panhandle Trail.

"It was a great turnout," organizer Amanda Mesler said. "We had a few more than last year."

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Close to 50 runners and walkers took part this year, beginning at the head of the local trail and going 1.55 miles before turning around and heading back.

The overall winner of the race was Ron Ritter of Weirton, with a finishing time of 21:18.

Following Ritter, the first male participant to finish was Bruce Harris of Weirton at 22:59 and the first female finisher was Susan Cunningham of Weirton at 27:33.

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Close to 50 area residents took part in the second-annual Run with Rotary 5K Saturday on the Panhandle Trail. Proceeds from the event will benefit the programs of the Rotary Club of Weirton Heights. -- Craig Howell

Special recognitions were given to Zach Brinkley of New Cumberland, as the first participant under the age of 12 to finish, with a time of 27:27, as well as 81-year-old Jim Fenske, of Weirton, who finished with a time of 38:04.

With gray skies overhead all morning, rain stayed away for most of the event with a few drops starting to fall as the final entrants began crossing the finish line.

"I'm glad the weather held out," Mesler said.

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Those recognized following the race included

Ron Ritter, of Weirton, first overall finisher

Bruce Harris, of Weirton, first male finisher

Susan Cunningham, of Weirton, first female finisher

Zach Brinkley, of New Cumberland, first under 12

Jim Fenske, of Weirton, first senior

Every runner walked away with goody bags containing items provided by the race sponsors. They also will be receiving a race T-shirt.

Because of the closeness to Halloween, participants also were encouraged to come in costume, with a few arriving dressed as pirates, princesses and super heroes.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the programs of the Rotary Club of Weirton Heights.

(Howell can be contacted at, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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