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Winners in each age group earn pies at annual race, which had nearly 80 competitors

JASON CHANEY/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Daniel Friesen nears the finish line of the 10K race at the Lord's Acre run this past Saturday. Friesen won the 10K race with a time of 34:59.4. Friesen's time was nearly four minutes faster than second place J.J. Howard. Nearly 80 runners raced in this year's event. Nearly 80 competitors took to the backroads around Powell Butte for the annual Lord's Acre Run on Saturday, Nov. 2.

Unlike the past several years, when poor weather has made the race difficult to run, this year's Lord's Acre race took place in perfect conditions with crisp cool air, no wind, and partly cloudy skies.

Run in conjunction with the annual Lord's Acre celebration, the race has attracted some of the top local runners for the past 14 years.

This year was no exception as both the 5K and 10K races were competitive.

Jason Colquhoun took the early lead in the 5K race, and held the lead to the finish, taking first in a time of 19:53.7. Running in the 46-56 age division, Colquhoun held off a late charge from Savannah Jessee.

Jessee, who runs on the Crook County High School girls cross country team, just missed a trip to the state meet, finishing in sixth place at Thursday's Intermountain Conference Championships.

Running in the 13-19 age group, the high school freshman started in the middle of the pack and slowly moved up throughout the race, taking second place with a time of 21:13.9.

Finishing third in the 5K race was Ellie Colquhoun, who won the 12 and under division with a time of 22:38.8.

Rounding out the top five in the 5K race were Rod Thompson, and Chris Felton.

Thompson took first in the mens 69 and over division with a time of 22:47, while Felton won the mens 36-45 age group with a time of 23:14.5.

Although competition was fierce at the front of the pack, many competitors in the 5K race adopted a more leisurely pace, with walkers welcome in the event.

Crook County Middle School principal Kurt Sloper, David Battlemay and Ron Sloper brought up the rear of the field, finishing with times of 58:15.7, 58:16.2, and 58:16.8, respectively.

Meanwhile, Daniel Friesen ran away from the pack to easily win the 10K race with a time of 34:59.4. Taking second was J.J. Howard in a time of 39:43.9.

Rounding out the top five were Dustin Miller, 42:43.9, Dieter Koehler, 45:45.3 and Shannon Bradley, the first woman finisher, with a time of 46:58.

One of the unique features of the Lord's Acre run is that, instead of the traditional medals to race winners, the winners in each age group receive a homemade pie, while the remaining finishers earn a slice of pie.

With the 10K race having fewer entries than the 5K race, Friesen and Bradley were the pie winners.

5K pie winners in the mens races were Garfield Cordell (12U, 25:36.1), Noah Felton (13-19, 25:18.2), Austin Phipps (20-35, 28:55.6), Chris Felton (36-45, 23:14.5), Jason Colquhoun (46-56, 19:53.7), Ted Wolfe (57-68, 24:20.4) and Rod Thompson (69 and up, 22:47).

Pie winners in the womens race included Ellie Colquhoun (12U, 22:38.8), Savannah Jessee (13-19, 21:13.9), Lizz Duhn (20-35, 37:50.5), Pia Snowbeck (46-56, 40:37.4), Maria Madden (57-68, 29:18.6) and Darrline Norton (69 and up, 56:00.2).

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