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Saturday, July 19, 2003 -- Westernport, MD
The 3rd Annual Lisa Wade Memorial 5K Run (iPO Event Id#: 5388) Story and photos by Tara Struyk

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The racing begins in Westernport
When runners and walkers came to Westernport, Maryland, Saturday morning to compete in memory of local high school sophomore, Lisa Wade, they didn't come to mourn. Over 150 participants took to the starting line for the 3rd annual Lisa Wade Memorial 5K run in proud memory of the local young woman who died tragically in September of 2000.

And despite the tragedy that inspired the race, the morning was cool and bright as local athletes of all ages jogged, stretched and congregated on the starting line. The race began precisely at 9:00 a.m. and the crowd began to make its way along Rt. 36.

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Racing to the finish in the Fun race
First to come through the line were participants in the 1.5 mile walk/fun run. Brandon Kimble, 18, sprinted right through Creekside Park to the finish line in a time of 8:56. He was followed by Andrew Lewis, 13, in 9:04 and T.K. Feaster in 9:07.

In the main event, last year's winner, Jaron Hawkins, 20, pulled to an early lead to take home his second Westernport victory. His time of 16:28 bested last year's winning time by two seconds.

Not far behind was Dennis Mickey, 38, who finished in 16:44. Third place went to Tony Yurko, 40, a veteran of the course who won the first Lisa Wade race in 2000. His finishing time was 17:19.

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Jaron Hawkins heads for another win
In the women's race, fifteen-year-old Jennifer Patton rounded the turn into Creekside Park at top speed. She was the first woman to cross the line in a time of 20:22. Her time was nearly two minutes faster than her sixth place time in 2002.

She was followed by Mary Siemann, 46, in 20:55. Siemann just barely beat out Lauryn Macfawn, 13, who was also clocked in 20:55.

Another notable photo finish was that between Ian Macfawn and Chuckie Upperman, both 10. Both boys made a mad dash for the finish line but Macfawn was able to edge out Upperman for forty-second place in the race. Both finished in a hard-fought 22:49.

The Lisa Wade Memorial 5K Run was a fine tribute to the young woman it sought to commemorate. The energy, determination and sportsmanship of every participant was a great example of the strength and resilience of this small community.