Wrape, Cloninger lead 46 county runners in Reindeer Fun Run

1,691 runners complete 5K, 12K races 

Staff report

ABERDEEN — Greg Wrape is, if nothing else, the model of consistency.

The 30-year-old Hamlet man was less than 13 seconds off from his 2013 performance on Saturday in the 8th annual Reindeer Fun Run 12K, a 7.45-mile footrace through downtown Aberdeen. Proceeds benefitted the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Sandhills. Wrape’s effort earned him fifth place — same as last year — among 389 finishers.

The 12K incorporates the 5K route plus a self-paced tour of Bethesda and the Malcolm Blue Farm. Both courses finish on a sloping downhill toward downtown Aberdeen and historic Union Station.

A Reindeer Fun Run photo

A Reindeer Fun Run photo

Wrape was the first of nine Richmond County runners to complete the distance. Geoff Washburn, 33, of Southern Pines, won in a gun time of 44 minutes and 5.6 seconds. Wrape was fifth in 48:25.8 (48:13 in 2013).

Mark Long, 51, of Hamlet, placed 81st in 59:28.5, followed by: 200. Clea Smith, 46, Rockingham, 1:11:19.3; 210. Justin Clark, 30, Hamlet, 1:12:00.5; 215. John Porter, 49, Rockingham, 1:12:36.8; 291. Tonya Baldwin, 50, 1:21:00.3, Rockingham; 335. Melissa Smith, 38, 1:32:01, Rockingham; 336. Clarissa Reynolds, 47, 1:32:05.2, Hamlet; and 372. Susan Long, 53, 1:40:55, Hamlet.

In the 5K, John Grimm, 16, of Pinehurst, led 1,302 finishers in 20:15.9. Chip Cloninger, 34, of Ellerbe, was the top Richmond County finisher. His 21:57.9 earned him 13th place overall and first of 37 county runners.

Ed Napier, 63, of Hamlet, finished 69th in 24:12.3 while Jeremy Smith, 20, of Rockingham, placed 96th in 25:14.1. Other local finishers include: 116. Marvin Hudson, 50, 25:52.9, Rockingham; 319. Colin Wheeler, 11, 30:28.1, Hamlet; 344. Kristin Keiser, 22, 30:57, Rockingham; 347. Shari Brown, 51, 31:07.8, Rockingham; 403. Katherine Bendell, 33, 32:19.9, Hamlet; 527. Jerry Lindstrand, 56, 34:36.6, Rockingham; 528. Andrew Conyers, 8, 34:46.7, Rockingham; 531. Rachel Bradley, 33, Rockingham, 34:40.8; 567. Renee Williams, 43, Rockingham, 35:26; 606. Michael Greene, 23, Rockingham, 36:02.4; 639. Pam Tyler, 34, Rockingham, 36:32.7; Ernie Shepard, 44, Rockingham, 38:11.6; 746. Meredith North, 16, Ellerbe, 38:36.8; 764. Mary Catherine Coltrane, 16, Rockingham, 38:55.1; 765. Jenna Staub, 15, Rockingham, 38:55.3; 771. Rene Anderson, 33, Rockingham, 39:06.8; 799. Daniel Ruperd, 21, Marston, 39:47.3; 871. Diane Brown, 55, Hamlet, 41:54.2; 873. Kim Puckett, 38, Hamlet, 41:56.3; 896. Heather Long, 21, Hamlet, 42:46.1; 897. Brittany Ruperd, 21, Marston, 42:46.3; 947. Tabatha Bryant, 29, Hamlet, 44:20.5; 1023. Jace Bendell, 9, Hamlet, 47:10.4; 1024. Jody Shove, 25, Hamlet, 47:15.1; 1033. Pam Greene, 49, Rockingham, 47:55.3; 1041. Carya Smith, 42, Rockingham, 48:48; 1053. Lori Clark, 53, Rockingham, 49:00.5; 1117. Beth Shepard, 31, Rockingham, 52:47.9; 1118. Luiz Nascimento, 69, Hamlet, 52:48.1; 1144. Katlyn Fulp, 11, Ellerbe, 53:58.7; 1152. Amy Fulp, 47, Ellerbe, 54:25.8; 1162. Sandra Roberts, 58, Hamlet, 54:45.2; 1247. Sarah Minks, 31, Rockingham, 1:00:59.6; and 1295. Cynthia Butler, 42, Rockingham, 1:10:29.6.

If you are a Richmond County finisher and your name is not listed here among local results, please send an email to peedeepost@gmail.com and provide your name, the distance (12K or 5K) and bib number. 

Filed in: Ellerbe/Norman, Hamlet, Latest Headlines, Outdoors, Rockingham, Sports

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