Heat doesn’t slow down runners in 5K

“Hot” is how people described conditions after the Fourth of July 5K on Pensacola Beach.

Dewayne Riley, from Milton, and Stephanie Rafferty, from Pensacola, set respectably course records – as this was the first use of this route.

Riley crossed the line in 17 minutes,29 seconds – besting the field by more than a minute. Rafferty was the first woman across the finish line. She posted a time of 21:38 in steamy conditions.

At the gun, the temperature was 81 degrees with 85 percent humidity and no wind.

It was also Danika Turner’s birthday. The Navarre resident turned 43, and her friend – Pensacola’s Elizabeth Orr – had plans that included the race.

“She signed me up for it,” Turner said. “I don’t even know what my time was.”

It was 27:07.

“I’m definitely more of a long-distance runner,” she said, comparing herself to Orr. “She’s a bullet.”

Orr – who is training for the Berlin Marathon in September — finished just a touch over two minutes faster than Turner.

A little further back the field, a pair of runners stayed together the entire run and finished at the exact same time. It was a special pairing – blind runner Joey Beckman and his running guide Misty Guess.

Read the full article in the July 11 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38


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