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Twilight Tomato Trot 5K works out just fine

WOODLEAF — Organizers decided to have the fourth annual Tomato Trot 5K in the evening for the first time this year.
Previous races had been held early on Saturday mornings. Several things contributed to the decision to move the race to Friday evening. Major construction is going on at Unity Presbyterian Church in Woodleaf, which serves as race headquarters. Available space would be at a premium on Saturday during the annual Tomato Festival, making things tight for the race events.
Other Friday night races had increased attendance recently, and the Tomato Trot wanted to follow suit.
The weather cooperated with a mild and comfortable evening, perfect for good racing.
Jonathan Ross won the race with a time of 17 minutes and 26 seconds, followed by Cal Myers in 18:21, and Josh Readling in 18:52. Dr. Acquawon Stallworth of Salisbury led the women with a time of 24 minutes and 36 seconds. Second was Cathy Michael in 25:05 and third was Shannon Hoff in 25:49. It was Stallworth’s first victory and she said “It was wonderful. I am glad that I didn’t know about the course beforehand. I passed the early leader just after the one mile mark. Then I kept telling myself to just keep it together. I didn’t know what to expect, but just kept pushing.”
Patti Safrit and Mallory Hodge served as race directors. Attendance did increase over last year. Food and entertainment were provided. Proceeds benefit Unity Presbyterian Church. The Salisbury Rowan Runners timed the race and provided results. Go to www.salisburyrowanrunners.org for complete results.

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