Firecracker Chase returns, drawing over 250 runners

2013 Firecracker Chase (3) PAUL HENRY

staff writer

 After better than a 20-year absence, the Firecracker Chase has returned to Fayetteville.

Coordinated with Fayetteville Department of Recreation Director Rickey Honey, organizers Steve Swindall and Dawn Dixon brought the event back to life this year. The 2013 Firecracker included a 10.2-mile run, 5K run and one-mile fun run.

“Anytime we can put on an event like this in the city it tickles me to death,” Honey said. “I want us to be more than recreation that involves baseball and softball.

“There’s a lot of things we’re not able to do because of the lack of funding and help – and event like this is great for the whole city.

“Running had slowed down and interest died over 20 years ago,” Honey continued. “But it’s come back in a big way all across the country. I have to give all the credit to Steve Swindall and Dawn Dixon for this event coming off like it has this year – they were willing to come in and help.

“I knew it would take a lot of volunteers,” he added. “We’ve got the parents and kids from the swim team so we’ve got between 70-80 volunteers as well as the support from the Fayetteville Police Department and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.”

“There’s races most every weekend in cities across the country,” said Swindall. “The interest of people out and running has brought it back to Fayetteville. We’ve got 250 people registered and that’s a great turnout, especially for the first year event.”

Top finishers in the 10.2-mile event by category follow: female overall winner, Dana Overton, Albertville, Ala., 1:14.43; male overall winner, Logan Stockton, Estill Springs, 1:03.28; male 9U, Jackson Sellers, Chatsworth, Ga., 1:52.57; female 15-19, Emma Hammons, Fayetteville, 2:28.50; male 15-19, Eric Shull, 1:05.29; female 20-29, Sloane Southern, 1:21.30; male 20-29, Doug Daniel, Fayetteville, 1:12.40;

2013 Firecracker Chase (6)Female 30-39, Jane Reneau, Madison, Ala., 1:33.09; male 30-39, Jason Reneau, Madison, 1:03.48; female 40-49, Christy Scott, Owens Cross Roads, 1:20.51; male 40-49, Kevin Laury, Murfreesboro, 1:10.21; female 50-59, Gayle Hughes, Taft, 1:34.10; male 50-59, Terry Quillen, Tullahoma, 1:19.54; female 60 and over, Erin McGuire, Fayetteville, 1:44.57; and male 60 and over, Dean Bentley, New Market, Ala., 1:19.46.

Top finishers in the 5K event by category were: female overall winner, Kristy Bell, Chattanooga, 26.03; male overall winner, Jake Russell, Huntsville, 30.49; female 9U, Avery Raby, Fayetteville, 40:41; male 9U, Grant Gattis, Fayetteville, 32.52; female 10-14, Eve Schoenrock, Fayetteville, 27:33; male 10-14, David Carlton, Murfreesboro, 22:18; female 15-19, Mary Ann Avilla, 28:28; male 15-19, Evan Buck, Fayetteville, 23:51; female 20-29, Carolyn Hoagland, Chattanooga, 28:01; male 20-29, Paul Bell, Chattanooga, 26:04; female 30-39, Pierinne Thomas, Fayetteville, 32:30; Male 30-39, Trent Thomas, Petersburg, 29:51;

2013 Firecracker Chase (9)Female 40-49, Jennifer Taylor, Taft, 33:07; male 40-49, Rick Carlton, Murfreesboro, 25:49; female 50-59, Jodi Noe, Fayetteville, 27:27; male 50-59, Andrew Bailey, 21:56; female 60 and over, Helen Fussell, Fayetteville, 31:53; and male 60 and over, Don Bently, Fayetteville, 34:07.

For complete race results, go to runlincolncounty.com then click on Firecracker Chase at the top of the page.

Posted on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 3:35 pm