Jim Rebenack, center, competes in the 5K Boot Scoot fun run on Monday morning. Rebenack was the fastest runner, finishing the three-mile run in 17 minutes and 33 seconds.

Photo by Ben Bulkeley

Jim Rebenack, center, competes in the 5K Boot Scoot fun run on Monday morning. Rebenack was the fastest runner, finishing the three-mile run in 17 minutes and 33 seconds.

Runners race for Relay For Life team

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Boot Scoot results

Name category

Jim Rebenack fastest man

Kayla Haley fastest woman

Ryan Peck fastest child

Randy Morton fastest older than 50

Taft Cleverly fastest teen

Jed fastest dog

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From left to right, Rack Pack Realy for Life team members Leigh Papierski and Deb Durbin stand next to Ryan Peck, Jim Rebeneck, Jed the dog, Kayla Haley, Taft Cleverly and Randy Morton. Peck, Rebenack, Jed, Haley, Cleverly and Morton all won their categories in the 5K Boot Scoot.

Before Kayla Haley went out for her morning run, her friend asked her to join up with other participants in a 5K.

Funny thing was, she won.

Haley was the fastest woman to cross the finish line Monday during the Rack Pack Relay For Life 5K Boot Scoot.

More than 40 runners, and a few dogs and bikers, ran to support the team.

Haley needed just 20 minutes and 59 seconds to run more than three miles through Craig.

"I did good," Haley said. "I think there were just three or four people ahead of me."

Haley said she usually doesn't run competitively, but after some urging from her friend, Amy Peck, she decided to go out and compete.

"It's for a good cause," Haley said. "I figured that I might as well help out - I was going for a run, anyways."

Peck, of Craig, had a different motivation for getting out and running.

"I'll support anything that funds cancer research or treatment," she said. "It's a big thing for me."

Her son, Ryan, also competed in the run, albeit on a bike.

"I try to get out for health promotions," she said, adding she might try to practice more for the next race. "I may start to do more and keep on getting better."

Jim Rebenack was the fastest in the run, dashing through in 17 minutes and 33 seconds.

"I ran pretty good today," he said. "I think I was a minute slower than my personal best, but I was pushing it a little."

Kevin Thompson wasn't too far behind, with a time of 18 minutes and 40 seconds.

"I was a little slower today," he said.

Jericho Jarvi and Glenn Bakken both crossed the line in just more than 23 minutes.

Bakken said the course was tough because of several hills to climb.

"As soon as they were out of the way, it flattened out," he said. "Just the way I like it."

Jarvi, of Colorado Springs, who recently returned stateside after serving 15 months in Iraq, said he appreciated the weather.

"The temperature is just right," he said. "Maybe a little humid."

Prizes were handed out to the fastest man, woman, child, teen, person older than 50 and first dog to cross the finish line.

The "turtle" award, for the slowest runner (or walker), was awarded to Karen Stillion.

Deb Durbin, Rack Pack co-captain, said the attendance was better this year than last, with more than 40 runners compared to last year's 29.

"This is our second go-round," Durbin said. "I think a lot of people wanted to enter because of the prizes."

The Grand Olde West Days three-day celebration is also the largest fundraising weekend for the team, which raised $11,000 last year for cancer research.

"We were the top team last year," she said. "We're hopeful that we're going to beat that this year."

Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795 or bbulkeley@craigdailypress.com.

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