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Summit High School runner Camden Hammer wins 5K race while Central Oregon Running Klub member J.J. Howard wins 10K at annual event

When weather forecasts called for snow last Saturday race organizer for the 11th annual Lord’s Acre Run were concerned that attendance at the race might be low.

“I was a little concerned what the turnout was going to be,” race director Dan Edwards said. “But I was extremely pleased with the results. It probably surpassed my expectations.”{img:54711}

They didn’t need to worry. Although temperatures were cool on Saturday, the weather was dry and runners flocked to the starting line. Nearly 120 runners braved the cold temperatures to run in the race, which is part of the annual Lord’s Acre Celebration in Powell Butte.Photo Credit: KEVIN SPERL/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Cold temperatures greeted the 5K and 10K runners to kick off the Lord's Acre celebration at the Powell Butte Christian Church last Saturday. From left to right on the front row are J.J. Howard, winner of the 10K race, Jayden Goeman, third place in the 5K race, Luke Walker, who finished second in the 10K, Brennan Buckley-Noonan, second in the 5K, Chuck Coats, third in 10K race, and Camden Hammer, the winner of the 5K race. More than 100 runners and walkers participated in the event.

The majority of runners and walkers competed in the 5K race with 81 competitors reaching the finish line. This year’s 5K race was especially competitive as a number of high school runners who, for one reason or another failed to qualify for the OSAA State Cross Country Championships, chose to run in the event.

Summit’s Camden Hammer ran a personal best time of 17:47.17 to edge Ridgeview’s Brennan Buckley-Noonan for the title, while Jayden Goeman, also of Ridgeview, came in third with a time of 20:25.88.

“I have a really great picture of Buckley-Noonan and Hammer both coming in and giving each other a hug,” Edwards said. “One of Brennan’s comments was ‘it was a great race and I didn’t need to win because this guy got his pr for a 5K so that was worth it.’”

Prineville’s James Blanchard finished fourth in the race with a time of 20:47.35 while Karly Nash was the first woman to finish, taking eighth place overall, covering the distance in 21:37.75.

While the 5K race was highly competitive among the early finishers, others chose to participate for a whorthwhile cause, or for the camaraderie of the event. For those individuals, it wasn’t about time, it was about finishing the course.

The final two finishers took well over an hour to complete the distance, finishing far after even most of the 10K runners were done. Amber Humphreys edged Bonnie Vanscott for the final two places with times of 67:14.50 and 67:15.20, respectively.

While youth was served in the 5K race, the 10K was dominated by master class runners (those 35 or older).

J.J. Howard steadily pulled away from the field to take first place by nearly a minute with a time of 37:13.60. Luke Walker took second with a career-best time of 38:13.19, while Chuck Coats finished third in 39:13.16.

“I didn’t beat Chuck, Chuck let me finish ahead of him,” Walker said. “He was running some kind of tempo run to warm up for a half marathon that he was planning on running the next day. About a mile into the race, he pulled up next to me and wanted to talk. I?was like ‘you have got to be kidding me I’m running as hard as I can here and you want to talk.’”

Misha Therrian was the first woman finisher, taking ninth place overall with a time of 45:05.07.

The Lord’s Acre Run is a unique event. Not only does it take place in an unusual spot for a running race, it offers pie to age group winners rather than the usual medals. Winners in each age group received an entire pie, while second and third place finishers earned a slice of pie.

“I got some feedback from people who said ‘gosh I got my best time ever at that race and we are coming back again,’” Edwards said. “Even new volunteers said it was an awesome race and they will do it again.”

Edwards added that race organizers are still looking to expand the event and are excited about next year.

“We are looking to expand it even greater than it is already,” he said. “It’s great to have something like this in the Powell Butte neck of the woods. Typically you don’t see a whole lot of running events happen here. They happen in the major cities. To have something like that here, and to look at the bigger picture that it’s an outreach to the Powell Butte Christian Church, is just awesome.”

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