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The fifth annual Freedom Run held

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The fifth annual Freedom Run held

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—The fifth annual Freedom Run, organized by the Cotton Club, took place on September 8. A record number of 52 runners participated in the event—a 5K run that began and ended at Eastern Arizona College’s John Mickelson Field.

The winners in each division were:

Youth to 8-year old, male: No entrants

Youth to 8-year old, female: Sarah Loya

Nine to 14-year old, male: Tommy Schnell

Nine to 14-year old, female: Rebeka Barney

15 to 18-year old, male: Garrett Jensen

15 to 18-year old, female: Giannina Mulky

19 to 25-year old, male: Matthew Smith

19 to 25-year old, female: Cami Barney

26 to 40-year old, male: Peter Lujan

26 to 40-year old, female: Melinda Nelson

41 to 65-year old, male: Tom Schnell

41 to 65-year old, female: Clara Ochoa

65 and over: Bill Conger

The winners received gift packages and all participants received a Freedom Run T-shirt. Donations from Safeway, Bashas, Dairy Queen, Sapphire Cinemas, and R & R Pizza provided water and fruit for the runners as well as items for the gift packages that went to the winners.

“The race is for fun, camaraderie, competition, etc.,” said Kate McCluskey, organizer of the event. “And it seems to get bigger every year with many of the competitors having been with us for more than one race.”

The next races on the schedule are the 2nd Annual Pima Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day (for information please call Cody Marshall at 485-0240); and the 6th Annual Best Cotton Pickin’ Race, set for Saturday, May 3, starting at Glenn Meadows Park.

Local sponsors of the Cotton Club include Eastern Arizona Courier, Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center, SAVE Organization, Safeway, Bashas, Trophies ’N Tees, and Eastern Arizona College.