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Run through History benefits today's children

June 02, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

For details about the Run Through History, go to www.runthroughhistory.org.

SHARPSBURG - Justin Richmond ran his first 10K race Sunday at just 9 years old.

The New Market, Md., boy started the Run Through History race with his father, Jim Richmond, but finished alone -- and ahead of his father -- in about one hour. Sunday was the 29th annual race at Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg.

Justin said that before Sunday, he'd only run about 3 miles, and wanted to race a longer distance to prepare for sports. He plays lacrosse and football.

"I like it," Justin said of the race. "You could see all the scenery."

The 10K and a two-mile fun run/walk held Sunday circled the historic battlefield. A total of 277 people participated in the day's races.

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The fastest time of the day was from Jared Abuya, of Fairfax, Va., who finished in just more than 32 minutes.

All of the money from the registered runners and walkers and from the event's sponsors will go to APPLES for Children Inc., a nonprofit organization providing child-care referral services, training and technical assistance. Proceeds also will go to Head Start of Washington County, said race director Dick Snyder.

"We're hoping to raise close to $10,000," he said.

Snyder said it is likely the Run Through History could raise more money for those organizations this year due to the additional sponsors the race had. Sponsors included Citi Cards, the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, First Data, Staples and Edward Jones financial services.

"We want to keep it going to raise money for early childhood programs in Washington County," Snyder said.

Top finishers received cash prizes and other runners received door prizes. Snyder said this was the first year that free massages were available for participants following the race.

While he couldn't eat right after finishing the 10K in 38 minutes and 34 seconds Sunday, Brad Rippey picked up a bagel and apple slices for the ride home.

The Bunker Hill, W.Va., resident said he has participated in the Run Through History on and off since 1988. His time Sunday was a bit slower than usual.

Rippey and other runners said the lack of shade on the course took its toll. He said the scenic course keeps him coming back to the race.

"I like the battlefield," he said. "I like the scenery."

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