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Over 150 people ran and walked in the Red, White and Run 5K at the campus trail at Ohio University Zanesville. The event, which is the first of it's kind in our area, was started as a special way to celebrate Independence Day.
"Being our first event, we hope to continue the partnership with Rotary and the other sponsors for many years to come. This is a unique event because it is on July 4th, but again we want to focus on the Fourth of July and being patriotic with it and have as much fun as we can," said Beth Chapman, Executive Director for the Muskingum Recreation Center.
Prizes were given to the male and female first, second and third place runners who finished with the best time and to the most patriotic participant, Nichole Younkins, who brought along a cardboard photo of her husband who is currently serving a 7 month tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Younkins said, "This is flat daddy. This is my husband Adam. We got it for his first tour over in Afghanistan. His unit made these for all the families and so I thought I'd bring it out. This is his second time over in Afghanistan, so I thought what better way to celebrate Independence Day than carrying him along on a 5K."
Younkins says this is her second 5K and says she has brought along "flat daddy" Adam to weddings and family reunions. She expects he'll be home towards the end of the year