Area runners pound the pavement for Young Life

First Posted: 4/26/2009

Runners from across the area came out in support of Surry County Young Life Saturday, to participate in a 5k run to help raise money for the non-profit youth organization.
There were 122 participants in Saturdays run, with 24 year-old Paul Mesi finishing first among all runners with a time of 18:09, a pace of 5:51 per mile.
45 year-old Todd Garner of State Road came in second with a time of 19:13 (6:11 per mile) followed by Joseph Dalton, 16, of Mount Airy at 19:29 and Richard Ferguson, 50, of Danville at a time of 19:38.
Sarina Russo, 13, of Winston Salem was the first female to finish the run, clocking in at 22:24 (7:13 per mile) just one second ahead of Mount Airys Angela Stroup.
Shelia Orem, 35, of Mount Airy followed Stroup with a time of 23:53 with Mount Airys Jayme Brant, 32, finishing fourth among women with a time of 24:15.
76-year old Richard Williams of Mount Airy was Saturdays oldest participant with 7-year old Sadie Williams of Mount Airy the youngest.
The money raised Saturday goes to cover salaries and benefits for the organizations four staff members and for its general operating costs.
In operation for nine years, Young Lifes stated mission is to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.

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