Race raises $890 for downtown


Participants take off from the starting line during the inaugural Rock the Monument Four Miler Run/Walk held June 12 at Melvin Miller Park in Urbana.

Madilyn Long, 7, of Urbana, crosses the finish line during the Rock the Monument Four Miler Run/Walk held June 12 at Melvin Miller Park in Urbana. Competing in her first-ever 4-mile race, Long finished in a time of 54:49.3.

Over 60 participants turned out for the Monument Square District’s inaugural Rock the Monument Four Miler Run/Walk and 1.5-mile Fun Walk fundraiser held June 12 at Melvin Miller Park in Urbana.

“The rain held off, and for a first-time event, it went well,” said MSD Secretary Vicki Deere-Bunnell, who coordinated the event. “The volunteers were great with their enthusiasm and cheering. We couldn’t have pulled it off without them.”

While fewer than 10 people took part in the 1.5-mile fun walk, 60 individuals turned out to compete in the 4-mile run/walk.

“Speedy Feet (provided race services) said it may have been a small group, but the atmosphere was great, and they enjoyed doing this event,” Deere-Bunnell said.

The fundraiser helped MSD raise $890, which will be used to support downtown projects.

“Sponsorships and donations were great for a first-time event,” Deere-Bunnell said. “Everything just fell into place.”

Plans are for the Rock the Monument Four Miler Run/Walk to returnt, possibly on June 10, 2016, Deere-Bunnell said.

Results

Edward Mussi, 21, of Saline, Michigan, turned in the fastest 4-mile time of 27:20.6. Sandy Hoening, 56, of Burkettsville, was the first female to cross the finish line in a time of 32:11.4.

Finishing first in their respective age divisions on the male side were Mason MacGillivray (12 and under) in a time of 33:55.7, Keane Dunn (13-18) in a time of 30:26.2, Ryan Ropp (19-25) in a time of 40:52.7, Eric Warrick (26-35) in a time of 29:02.2, Andrew Wells (36-45) in a time of 33:27.7, Mike Dickerson (46-55) in a time of 28:34.7 and Philip Hisnay (56-65) in a time of 35:16.7.

Placing first in their respective age divisions on the female side were Abigail Wells (12 and under) in a time of 34:48.9, Christina Anderson (13-18) in a time of 43:12.3, Erin Hoening (19-25) in a time of 34:11.7, Tracy Anderson (26-35) in a time of 35:32.2, Joy Britton (36-45) in a time of 35:23.2, Lisa Blake (46-55) in a time of 37:40.7 and Carol Souza (56-65) in a time of 34:20.6.