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Annual 5K Obstance Challenge draws many

By Staff | May 5, 2014

More than 120 participants came out Saturday morning to take part in the second annual Sam Michael’s Obstacle Challenge and 5K held at Sam Michael’s Park. The event was sponsored jointly by The Outdoor Education Center of For Love of Children and the Jefferson County Parks and Recration.

The course spanned the park with obstacles along the way including tires, hay bales, walls to climb and a mud pit to travel through. Civil War re-enactors started each heat of the race with cannon fire and a horse and rider leading the way.

The first heat was comprised of more advanced runners who were set to compete. Cody Marsh, 22, of Harpers Ferry, won his second consecutive Challenge completing the course in 21 minutes, 25.2 seconds a course record. He had won the 2013 event in 23:25.3.

Jason Beard, 28, of Martinsburg, was second in 25:13 and Paul Marshall, 54, of Shepherdstown, was third in 25:33.8.

Women’s champion was Miriam Maltese, 14, who came in with a time of 26:12.6 to earn the title of women’s champion. Jennifer Seaton, 38, of Harpers Ferry, was second this year in 30:40 while Julie Hutchinson, 34, of Shepherdstown, was third in 32:43.

A kid’s race was held later in the day where youngsters ran nearly one mile, climbing smaller obstacles along the way.