Three records fall in Heights Half Marathon and 5K

Lola Dennis was the 5K winner with a record time of 23:15.

Kevin Gries was the half marathon winner with a record time of 1:13:51.

Jaiden Hogge receives the color in the Kids Fun Run.

Natalie Livingston is the women’s half marathon winner with a record time of 1:31:07.

Sean Austin Phipps enjoyed the color of the Kids Fun Run.

Cole Williamson was the 5K winner.

The Huber Heights YMCA hosted its Fourth Annual Heights Half Marathon and 5K race on Saturday morning.

Three records fell inspite of the intense heat. Breaking a record in the men’s half marathon was Kevin Gries who toured the course in one hour, 13 minutes and 51 seconds. In the women’s half marathon, Natalie Livingston established a new record in one hour and 31 minutes and seven seconds. Lola Dennis set a new standard in the women’s 5K in 23:15.

While not setting a record, 11-year-old Cole Williamson was the overall winner of the male 5K with a 20.40 clocking.

“Some people are just born to run,” said Race Director Leon Doiley.

Doiley said that some runners dropped out due to the heat. He said members of the Huber Heights Fire Division were on site as well as representatives from Dayton Sports Medicine to assist any runners in need.

A total of 470 runners competed in the event. There were 334 competitors in the half marathon and 74 in the 5K.

There were 62 runners in the Kids Fun Run who were splashed with color, which washes off.

“The kids loved it, plus it promotes a healthy lifestyle,” said Doiley. “They love having the color thrown on them. It was a wonderful race for them.”