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By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer

By Nick Nunn staff writer The Morgan County Elementary School held their second annual Trick or Trot 5K and Fun Run this past Saturday, Oct. 26 in downtown Rutledge.

The races attracted a total of 455 runners, with 169 registered runners competing in the 5K.

The total of 455 runners shows a marked increase in participation. Only 325 runners registered to compete in the first Trick or Trot last year.

“We definitely think that last year’s success helped us to build more awareness this year,” said Kristi Friddell, who headed up the event. “Drawing on last year’s experiences, we started our planning earlier this year which boosted interest and participation as well as community support.”

Until Oct. 16, registration fees were $10 for ages 12 and under and $20 for ages 13 and up. After Oct. 16 the fees went up $5 in each category. All proceeds go toward technology enrichment at MCES.

The race route stayed the same as it was last year, beginning and ending near the four-way stop in the middle of downtown Rutledge.

“The cooperation and the enthusiasm of the city of Rutledge was also key,” said Friddell, who noted that they are “already looking forward to an even bigger success next year.”

Zach Massey took first place overall in the 5K with a time of 18:37.1 and Elizabeth Branch was the top female runner, finishing eleventh overall with a time of 22:50.7.

Top place finishers in their age divisions were Alex Branch (M 13-19), Dennis Sitzmann (M 40-49), Lee Abney (M 30-39), Carolina Zant (F 13-19), Landon Breedlove (M 9-10) Walter Parker (M 50-59), Joelle McElveen (F 20-29), Emma Cowart (F 9-12), Scarlett Watson (F 30-39), Peyton Camp (M 1-8), Sarah Proctor (F 1-8), and Jane Bell (F 60-99).