Brashears, Culp race to Founders Day 5K wins

September 29, 2013


7 of top 10 finishers 20-and-under

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CAPON BRIDGE, W.Va., Sept. 29, 2013 — The 5th annual Founders Day 5K belonged to the younger folks on Sunday in Capon Bridge as a couple of teenagers took the individual wins in the men’s and women’s races.

Jacob Brashears, 16, of Capon Bridge, held a 10-second lead on Timothy Loughran, 20, of Romney, at the finish line for the overall win. Brashears finished in 18 minutes and 33.1 seconds while Loughran took second in 18:43.5. Loughran also placed second last year, in 19:32.2, and won in 2011 (20:53).

Neal Riemenschneider, 59, of Winchester, Va., placed third overall — two steps better than his 2012 performance — and earned the men’s masters win with a time of 21:39.8.

Toni Culp, meanwhile, won her second club race of the year — but it wasn’t easy. Culp, 13, of High View, took fifth overall in 23:59.4. She won the Red Bud 5K in Yellow Spring in April (24:40.6). On Sunday, Culp held off hard-charging Kayla Miller, 13, of Capon Bridge. Miller took second in the women’s race by stopping the clock in 24:00.9.

Brenda Trenary, 47, of High View, won the women’s masters title with a time of 30:31.6.

This year’s Founders Day 5K attracted 38 5K finishers under first-time race director Lindsay Brill — up from 27 last year, an increase of 40 percent. The race continues to grow, as there were only nine finishers in 2011. For the second straight year, the race started and finished near the Capon Bridge Public Library and traveled south on River Road for approximately 1.4 miles until hitting the turnaround point.


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