A threat of rain failed to keep more than 600 runners and walkers from turning out for the 28th annual Run for the Oaks on Saturday in downtown Raleigh.
The race is put on by the Raleigh
Parks and Recreation Department to raise money to plant oak trees in
the city known as the “City of Oaks.”
N.C. State junior Srini Iyer, 20, of Raleigh covered the 5K
route in 15:59, reported race organizer Jim Young of Young & Associates. Derrin Pierret, 20, also of Raleigh, was second in
16:08. Eric Blessed, 25, of Durham was third in 16:29.
Kimberly Bowler, 39, of Raleigh led the women with a 19:27 finish.
She was followed by two master runners - former U.S. 10,000-meters
Olympian Joan Nesbit Mabe, 48, of Chapel Hill in 19:40 and Debra
Warner, 45, of Cary in 20:03.
The race was the first event in the six-race Eastern Carolina
Corporate Road Race Series. IBM teams won the Open Men and Male
Masters competitions, and Paraxel took the Women’s Open team title.
For more running results, check the Running Honor Roll.
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- Teri Boggess