September 14, 2016 Edition

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Thumperthon raises $9,000
for animal shelters

Lawrence County native Nathan Davis and his dog, Rya, cross the finish line of the Cavenaugh Thumperthon 5K. Davis is the Northeast Arkansas field director for Sen. John Boozman. He and Rya placed second in the four-legged results.
TD Photo ~ John Bland

Thanks to the participants and sponsors of the Cavenaugh Thumperthon 5K, the NEA Humane Society in Jonesboro and Jumpstart Animal Shelter in Walnut Ridge will split approximately $9,000 in proceeds.

The sixth annual Cavenaugh Thumperthon 5K was held Saturday morning at Stewart Park in Walnut Ridge. Despite a slight chance of showers, warm temperatures and sunny skies greeted dogs and their owners.

Wading pools provided both drinking water and relief from the heat for dogs participating in the 5K as well as those brought by the Humane Society and Jumpstart shelter for adoption.

Organizer Fran Cavenaugh said, "I want to thank everybody for coming out and supporting Thumperthon again. I hope they'll come out next year and help make it bigger and better."

The race was established to honor Fran's husband, Don Cavenaugh, on his 60th birthday. Cavenaugh is an avid runner and animal lover, and Thumper was his canine running partner. A kids fun run was held following the 5K.

Overall winner of the 5K was John Fairris, age 20, with a time of 19:14. Fairris is a cross-country runner at Williams Baptist College and his hometown is Strong. The winning female runner was Kelsey Dupuis, age 15, of Paragould.

Other top overall winners were: Shannon Box of Batesville, second; Colton Yarbro of Jonesboro, third; Sam McBride of Paragould, fourth; Sam Cook of Paragould, fifth; Kelsey Dupuis of Paragould, sixth; Seth Parnell of Portia, seventh; Katelin Cavenaugh of Walnut Ridge, eighth; Donald Cavenaugh of Walnut Ridge, ninth; Emily Davis of Hoxie, 10th; and Elizabeth Collins of Walnut Ridge, 11th.

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

Ages 10-12, Bo Kersey, age 10, of Walnut Ridge, first.

Ages 20-24, Colton Babbitt, age 20, of Walnut Ridge, first.

Ages 35-39, Jacob Kersey, age 39, of Walnut Ridge, first.

Among the other female overall and division winners from Lawrence County were:

Overall, Katelin Cavenaugh, age 26, of Walnut Ridge, second; Emily Davis, age 15, of Hoxie, third; Elizabeth Collins, age 33, of Walnut Ridge, fourth; and Leah Howard, age 16, of Hoxie, fifth.

Ages 40-44, Candis Barker, age 40, of Walnut Ridge, first.

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