Despite a very warm summer morning Saturday, July 30, 2011, runners were off to a good start in a five-mile run to kick off the Washington Town and Country Fair week last year. Approximately 200 took part in a the run, children’s fun run and 5K walk. There were approximately 127 runners.

Despite the early morning heat and humidity, close to 200 people turned out Saturday for the Washington Fair run and walk.

“We’re excited with how everything went and we got some great feedback from the participants,” said Marsha Meyer who co-chaired the event with Greg Birkmann for the first time.

“We had plenty of volunteers and many new sponsors this year, which were well received. We’re very thankful to all of those who helped,” she said.

Meyer said participants seemed to like the new routes for both the run and walk, both of which were a little more challenging than in the past. The starting point for both was the city park pavilion on Veterans Drive.

The five-mile run began at 7 a.m. followed by the 5K walk and then a one-mile kids run.

There were about 127 adult runners and 40 walkers. Thirty-three kids were registered for the fun run.

Fair Board members and the 23 queen contestants also participated.

After the run and walk, participants were treated to ice cream, donated by Siedhoff Distributing, pizza from Philly’s, and Michelob Ultra, all provided by the sponsors.

“I don’t think the heat and humidity hurt us, especially for those who run regularly,” Meyer said.

Prizes and medals were given out to the top winners.

The overall male and female winners in the run were Brian Holdmeyer with a time of 27 minutes, 2 seconds, and Hilary Orf who finised at 30 minutes, 14 seconds.

The first queen contestant to cross the line was Rachael Beckerman with a time of 46:28.

A breakdown of the top finishers in each age division are as follows:

Female, 13-19 — First place, Addie Mengwasser, 37:26; second, Haley Russell, 40:41; third, Anna Bretzke, 45:49; and fourth, Sara Mohesky, 50:48.

Male, 13-19 — First place, Tyler Malone, 31:55; second, Zach Malone, 35:06; and third, Tate Kitchell, 36:43.

Female, 20-29 — First place, Nicole Hackmann, 43:08; second, Lizzy Kluesner, 43:51; and third, Rachel Pezold, 45:06.

Male, 20-29 — First place, Derek Schriewer, 40:26; second, Justin Voss, 44:16; and third, Adam Wood, 45:07.

Female, 30-39 — First place, Melissa Brown, 39:09; second, Melissa Gerdel, 40:39; and third, Kasi Meyer, 44:01.

Male, 30-39 — First place, Joel Frye, 29:35; second, Ben Martin, 32:03; and third, Rodolfo Flores, 41:37.

Female, 40-49 — First place, Ximena Kriete, 45:02; second, Beth Auchly, 45:26; and third, Jennifer Parmentier, 50:54.

Male, 40-49 — First place, Dale Dyson, 34:38; second, Andy Beckerman, 35:35, and third, Dean Weber, 36:23.

Female, 50-59 — First place, Teresa Maraccini, 46:54; second, Ida Vogelgesang, 50:40; and third, Joan Obermark, 56:30.

Male, 50-59 — First place, Stephen Denford, 39:18; second, Rusty Saunders, 41:06; and third, Tom Adkerson, 41:32.

Female, Over 60 — First place, Mary Behrens, 1:02:00, and second, Carol Kuhlmann, 1:02:20.

Male, Over 60 — First place, Jim Cassat, 44:45; second, Bill Hall, 50:04; and third, Larry Kloppe, 56:39.

The top finishers in the Kids Fun run were Cassidy Nurnberger with a time of 6 minutes and 58 seconds; Jason Sides, 7:15; and Scott Bonastia, 8:08.