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The fifth annual Thumperthon 5K saw near-perfect running conditions on Saturday morning at Stewart Park. Competitive runners gathered near the front for the start, while most of those running or walking with their dogs followed. The event raises money for the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society. See story and additional photos in this edition.
TD Photo ~ John Bland

Ideal weather enhances Thumperthon 5K

Weather conditions were near perfect for Saturday's fifth annual Thumperthon 5K held at Walnut Ridge's Stewart Park. "You couldn't have asked for better weather," said Fran Cavenaugh, one of the race organizers.

The race is a fundraiser for the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society and is held in honor of automobile dealer Don Cavenaugh of Walnut Ridge and in memory of his canine running partner, Thumper.

Fran, who is Don's wife, said there were approximately 130 runners and walkers in the event, which raised approximately $7,000. Many of the participants brought their dogs to join them for the race.

She added that changes are planned for next year to make the 5K bigger and better and to bring more people to Walnut Ridge.

Shannon Box, age 41, of Batesville was the overall winner in the race and had a time of 19:39. Other top overall winners were: Spencer Hardin of Piggott, second; Chris Richardson of Walnut Ridge, third; Emily Harbour of Little Rock, fourth; Terry Hammett of Hoxie, fifth; John Long of Walnut Ridge, sixth; Edward Harthorn of Walnut Ridge, seventh, Dillon Horn of Piggott, eighth; Robert Thompson of Paragould, ninth; and Alexander Williams of Piggott, 10th.

Among the other male division winners, excluding overall winners, from Lawrence County were:

Masters Division, Donald Cavenaugh of Walnut Ridge, third.

Ages 15-16, Easton Householder of Walnut Ridge, third.

Ages 30-34, Jeff Greer of Walnut Ridge, first.

Ages 40-44, John Householder of Walnut Ridge, first.

Ages, 60-64, Terry Spradlin of Walnut Ridge, third.

Among the other female division winners from Lawrence County were:

Overall, Katelin Cavenaugh of Walnut Ridge, third; and Emily Davis of Hoxie, fourth.

Division winners, excluding overall female winners, were:

Ages 10-12, Mya Pinkston of Walnut Ridge, first.

Ages 15-16, Leah Howard of Hoxie, first.

Ages 25-29, Tiffany Bullard of Jonesboro (formerly of Minturn), first; and Adrian Freeman of Walnut Ridge, fifth.

Ages 30-34, Stephanie Greer of Walnut Ridge, second; Michelle Sanders of Hoxie, fourth; and Ashley Cavenaugh of Walnut Ridge, fifth.

Ages 35-39, Yvonne Doyle of Walnut Ridge, first; Candis Barker of Walnut Ridge, third.

Ages 40-44, Julie Webb of Walnut Ridge, fourth.

Divisions included runners, walkers and runners and walkers with dogs.

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