Sat, Nov 02, 2013
|Brigham won his 2nd straight 10K in 30:28.|
MOBILE -- John Brigham had so much fun winning the Wells Fargo Senior Bowl Charity Run last year, he decided he’d do it again.
Under perfect weather conditions, the Mobilian ran away from the pack to win the 10K Saturday in downtown Mobile. It was his fourth Charity Run victory, having won it in 2008, 2010 and last year. His time of 30:28 was nearly one minute better than his time a year ago. He beat out 2nd-place Alan Ash of Atmore by nearly two minutes.
“I wanted to take it out and take the lead – set the pace,” said Brigham, who is the cross country coach at St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Mobile. “I didn’t anticipate going out that fast (4:43 first mile). I had an adrenaline rush at the start, but then after that I settled in to a good rhythm.”
Leanna Guinn of Mobile, running her first 10K, was the first female to finish, crossing the finish line in 39:07.
“I didn’t really know what to expect,” Guinn said. “I was hoping to run a little faster, but it’s my first 10K, so I can’t be too upset.”
Keith Clark of Mobile took the 5K (17:40), while Paula Piazza of Fort Walton Beach was the first female to finish (20:55).
The winners of the one-mile Fun Run were Isabella Valencuela, 11, from Semmes Middle School and Chris Cupp, 17, of Bryant High School.
|Guinn was the top female finisher (39:07).|
The Fun Run winners will be recognized on the field during the 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl on Saturday, January 25.Nearly 5,000 people participated in one or more of the three races. More than 2,600 were students, teachers and parents participating in the one-mile Fun Run through the Charity Run School Program. The program is designed to give money back to the schools, and more than $10,000 will go back to Mobile-area schools this year.
All of the winners were acknowledged during a post-race awards ceremony in Bienville Square, held in conjunction with the annual Family Fun Festival. Race participants and their families enjoyed free food and drinks, interactive activities, a petting zoo, clowns and face painting.
In addition to the presentation of awards to race winners, Wells Fargo and the Reese’s Senior Bowl donated $10,000 to the Mobile Area Education Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving local public schools in Mobile County.
The 65th Annual Senior Bowl game will be played January 25 at 3pm at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. The game and practices will be televised live nationally on the NFL Network. Tickets for the game are $30, $20 and $10 and are available at seniorbowl.com or by calling 251-432-4109.