A successful Saturday run

Published 6:56 pm Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Kidney transplant recipient Bobby Ray Durden of Havana, Fla., and his family gather with Joe Miller on Saturday in support of the three runs to raise money for a needed kidney transplant by Miller’s sister, Jessie Marie Marlowe-Cobb. Shown are, left to right, Sada Bostick, Augusta Bostick, Joe Miller, Hudson Bostick, Bobby Ray Durden, Camille Hathaway and Carrie Durden. |Joe Crine

Tae Ross, who will be a senior with the Bainbridge High School Bearcats cross country team in the fall, and Mareike Haaren, a Thomasville High School junior, captured the men’s and women’s championships in Saturday’s 5,000-meter (3.1-mile) benefit run.

Ross’s overall winning time was 18 minutes, 53 seconds and Haaren’s women’s winning time was 23:16. She was sixth overall.
The 5,000-meter event was one of three Saturday runs at the Earle May Boat Basin. There was also a 10,000-meter (6.2-mile) run and a one-mile kids’ fun run. There were 101 runners in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter events.

The runs were coordinated by Joe Miller to benefit a kidney transplant needed by his sister Jessie Marie Marlowe-Cobb.
The 10,000-meter overall winner was Daniel Graham of Bainbridge, with a time of 47:21. The women’s 10,000-meter winner was Davelyn Hines of Thomasville with a time of 54:30.

Special guests and ardent supporters of the runs were kidney transplant recipient Bobby Ray Durden, a retired county extension agent from Havana, Fla., and his family.

Durden said he just wanted to support Saturday’s runs and the great cause they benefit.