LAKE PLACID - The Samaritan's Touch 5K got off to a rousing start Saturday morning. More than 140 runners trekked through the streets of Lake Placid's historical downtown to honor the memory of Dr. Tom McDonald.
"We had all different ages out here today," race director Rev. Ray Cameron said. "We had a really great turnout. I saw some kids as young as 5 years old. And I think our oldest was in their 80s. That's the great thing about running, everyone can do it."
Cameron helped start the event with McDonald, a local dentist who was also an avid runner. According to Cameron, he was approached by McDonald in 2003 about starting a race to get the Lake Placid community involved with running.
"He ran in races all around the world," Cameron said. "When he passed away, he was still ranked nationally. And he came to me 10 years ago and said, 'let's start this race - I'll help you do it.' So we decided to name it in his honor."
Michael Quigley won the event and captured the top spot for the men's side with a time of 19 minutes and 13 seconds, while Regan Davenport repeated as the female open winner with a time of 21:40. Davenport finished fourth overall.
"This is great. I love supporting the local community," Quigley said. "I always try and do the Caladium 5K."
Quigley almost passed up this year's run because of a triatholon he had on his schedule. But his dedication to involving the youth of Lake Placid in running got the better of him.
"I thought, 'I've been doing it every year and never missed one,'" he said. "So I wanted to continue to support the local community and get younger kids involved in running."
"And maybe if we get them involved when they're younger, we'll get to see them on the world stage for the United States," Quigley said.
Davenport said she also enjoys the local aspect of the race.
"It's pretty neat," she said. "It was just me today, but this is what we do as a family. We appreciate local things like this."
"Running is a sport anybody can do. It's not too expensive - you just need some shoes."
Following Davenport on the female side was Jeri McDonald, who won the 85 and over class with a time of 50:42. Mary Jane Seitz won the 80 to 84 class with a time of 46:14. Jane McKay topped the 75 to 79 age group with a time of 46:27. Vivian Johnson won the 70 to 74 class with a time of 29:11.
Mary Rucker captured the top spot in the 65 to 69 class with a time of 38:39. Essex-Klammer finished first in the 60 to 64 age group with a time of 33:32.
Leesa Skipper won the 55 to 59 class in 35:14. Jaye Williams placed first in the 50 to 54 class with a time of 29:52.
Deborah Witmer placed first in the 45 to 49 class with a time of 32:36. Evelyn Colon won the 40 to 44 age group in 27:21.
Emily Sigrist captured the top spot in the 35 to 39 class with a time of 30:46. Rachel Nawrocki placed first in the 30 to 34 class, one of the race's larger groups, in 22:58.
Jennifer Cameron placed first in the 25 to 29 class with a time of 31:16. Erica Resendiz won the 20 to 24 class in 24:19.
Former Lake Placid athletic standout Alex Coyne won the 15 to 19 class with a time of 23:30. Brice Creel placed first in the 10 to 14 class with a time of 27:10. Chloe LeBlanc finished just ahead of her sister, Chelsea, to take home the top spot for the 9 and under age group with a time of 36:35. Maria Linden was the female masters winner with a time of 26:02.
Meanwhile, on the men's side, Harold Smith won the 75 to 79 class with a time of 30:39. Dale Bargar placed first in the 70 to 74 class in 39:48.
Charles McLochlin captured first in the 60 to 64 age group with a time of 23:29. Glenn Leonard placed first in the 55 to 59 age group in 40:57.
Tom Creel placed first in the 50 to 54 class with a time of 23:56. Tom Eskut topped the 45 to 49 class with a time of 26:37. Zbigniew Nawrocki won the 40 to 44 age group in 25:01.
Josh Zahler placed first in the 35 to 39 class with a time of 20:19. Brody Jones won the 30 to 34 class in 30:36.
Jonathan Cameron topped the 25 to 29 class with a time of 27:45. Bud Stracker won the 20 to 24 class with a time of 21:37.
Luke Haney won the 15 to 19 age group with a time of 25:31. Scott Sigrist captured the top spot in the largest group of the day, the 10 to 14 class, with a time of 23:19. Keith Sigrist placed first in the 9 and under class in 29:44.
Louis Irwin was the masters winner with a time of 23:23.