AVON PARK — The fifth annual Dirty Dozen and Half Dozen Fun Mud Run drew hundreds to the National Guard Armory in Avon Park last Saturday.
With enough mud to make Pig-Pen jealous, competitors ran in waves, with the youngster going first. Runners had to make their way through an obstacle course that featured mud pits, trenches, and pools, as well as navigate other obstructions similar to what those enlisted in the national guard must trek through. Runners could take a break from the blistering heat thanks to an “ice bath” situated on the course.
Ethan Duncan navigated the course in an impressive 12 minutes, 11 seconds to win the one mile race for the boys. Andrew Stephens was second in 12:33 and Anthony Queen finished third in 12:35.
Jordan Sinness defender her title from last year’s event, capturing the girls side with a sizzling 12:56. Maci Leaphart followed Sinness in seoncd at 13:38, while Jenna Haupert placed third in 17:01.
Competitors ages 13 and up completed a two-mile course. David Stephens was the overall male winner in 17:43 while Amy Dettman was the overall female winner in 19:24.
Carl Dassinger won the 13-19 class with a time of 18:39. Christian Suarz was second in 21:29, and Craig Dassinger was third in 21:47.
In the 20-29 age group, Jose Chavez captured first place for the men in 18:39. Ashley Rivera finished in second at 21:06 and Jack Kohl was third at 23:03.
Jeremy Freeze edged Josh Eveleth for first place in the 30-39 class. Freeze finished in 19:16 to Eveleth’s 19:21. Derek David was third in 20:39.
In the 40-49 age group, Chris Clinton breezed to victory with a time of 19:10. Wayne Hilton was second in 20:48 and Jow Ortiz was third in 21:53.
Sebring girls basketball coach Mike Lee dominated the 50-plus group, traversing the course in 22:26. Lamont Simpson was second in 29:43 and Walter Kohl finished third at 33:14.
Allie Mann, Lee’s protege and a former standout on the hardwood for the Blue Streaks, captured the 13-19 class in 22;17. Julia VanFleet was second in 23:03 and Katie Carol was third in 26:56.
Stephanie Rivera won the 20-29 age group with a time of 23:51. Rachel Clements was right behind her in 24:33. Linda Eveleth finished third in 25:23.
In the 30-39 class, Andrea Smyth (21:55) bested Laura VanFleet (22:32) for first place. Angel Nowling was third in 23:28.
Dawn Campbell won the 40-49 age group with a time of 24:05, while Kim Smoak finished second in 25:21. Vicki Hicks placed third in 26:54.
Dueling Dawns highlight the 50-plus class. Dawn Simpson edged Dawn Allen for first place, while Jane Long placed third in 32:22.
Timing was provided by Central Florida Striders.