By Jackie Nelson
The 24th Annual Emma CreekClassic was run this past weekend. Over 1,000 ladies from 98 Kansas communities and eight different states turned out despite the chilly and damp weather. This year, 95-year-old Ruth Schmidt of Hesston was honored as the oldest finisher of the race.
“We had 1,005 runners this year. Runner registration went really well the morning of,” said Hesston Recreation Commission Director John Earl.
This year’s Emma Creek had an unusual circumstance that led to the race not qualifying as a certified 5K race.
An inadvertent deviation from the race route left the Classic .3 kilometers short of a 5K race. This slight hiccup did not diminish the runners’ enjoyment of the event.
The runners and walkers on Team Tammy came out to support their long-time friend through medical challenges.
“A woman at our church has a heart condition. We are doing this to strengthen her heart. We are looking forward to the finish line and the camaraderie,” said runner and Team Tammy member Kristy Nattier of Newton.
Melanie McBeth of Newton said the Classic had special significance for her as well.
“I’m a cancer survivor. I’m excited to even get to do this; it’s a big deal for me,” she said.
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