Locals do well in Peach Run

Published 3:02 pm Monday, June 25, 2012

Runners start the 9th annual Peach Run on Saturday morning at Cornerstone Fitness and Wellness in Clanton.

The 2012 Peach Run had more participants than ever — more than 120 people ran in either the 5K or 10K race.

Some were from places as far away as Alaska, Nebraska and South Carolina, who decided to sign-up while visiting Central Alabama.

“It will be the largest crowd we’ve ever had,” said Barry Baker of Cornerstone Fitness and Wellness, which sponsors the race.

The top four overall winners were Douglas Mims of Clanton (10K male), Julie Blankenship of Pike Road (10K female), Fred Yarenko of Clanton (5K male) and Amy Kendrick of Jemison (5K female).

Still, Chilton County residents did very well, claiming three out of four overall spots on a warm day with above average temperatures.

Fred Yarenko, owner of Clanton’s American Fitness and Wellness, was the first person to cross the finish line, winning the 5K with a time of 23:26.

Amy Kendrick of Jemison was the second person to finish the 5K race and the first woman with a time of 24:13.

The top five finishers in the 5K were Yarenko, Kendrick, Gordon Walker of Tuscaloosa, Donnie Hand of Clanton and Cecil Pavey of Montevallo.

A pair of 11-year-olds, Tyler Jackson and John Ryan Wood of Thorsby, tied for sixth place in the 5K.

Amy Kendrick crosses the finish line in the 5K.

Clanton’s Douglas Mims was the overall winner in the 10K with a time of 40:41. Julie Blankenship of Pike Road was the overall female winner with a time of 44:30.

The top five in the 10K were Mims, Don Alexander of Prattville, Lucas Culpepper of Clanton, Skip Powe of Prattville and Blankenship.

Other winners were as follows:

•5K male overall: Fred Yarenko, of Clanton, at 23:26.

•5K female overall: Amy Kendrick, of Jemison, at 24:13.

•5K male 1-12: Tyler Jackson and John Ryan Wood, of Thorsby, at 25:56.

•5K female 1-12: Lydia Patterson, of Clanton, at 35:03.

•5K male 13-25: Clay Hann, of Verbena, at 25:58.

•5K female 12-23: Sarah Bertram, of Prattville, at 26:36.

•5K male 26-40: Scott Poague, of Wetumpka, at 28:32.

•5K female 26-40: Joni Davenport, of Deatsville, at 30:41.

•5K male 41-55: Gordon Walker, of Tuscaloosa, at 24:37.

•5K female 41-55: Carollynne Blakney, of Bynum, at 31:48.

•5K male 56-70: Cecil Pavey, of Montevallo, at 25:17.

•5K female 56-70: Sue Connor, of Deatsville, at 33:15.

•5K male 71 and over: James O’Conner, of Jemison, at 31:40.


•10K male overall: Douglas Mims, of Clanton, at 40:41.

•10K female overall: Julie Blankenship, of Pike Road, at 44:30.

•10K male 13-25: Lucas Culpepper, of Clanton, at 40:49.

•10K female 13-25: Aleah Bell, of Jemison, at 53:21.

•10K male 26-40: Kris Wood, of Thorsby, 47:48.

•10K female 26-40: Samantha Sims, of Clanton, at 46:24.

•10K male 41-55: Don Alexander, of Prattville, at 40:44.

•10K female 41-55: Misty Samya, of Thomasville, at 48:23.

•10K male 56-70: Jerry Moore, of Prattville, at 51:44.

•10K female 56-70: Janice Charlesworth, of Montgomery, at 1:10:34.