Age group winners from the Dew Buster 5K Run/Walk and One-Mile Family Fun Run pose after the race Saturday morning. Above, from left to right, are Matt Hamilton, Wyatt Mortenson, Derek Duran, Katelyn Peroulis, Elizabeth Tucker and Rosalie Mortenson.

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Age group winners from the Dew Buster 5K Run/Walk and One-Mile Family Fun Run pose after the race Saturday morning. Above, from left to right, are Matt Hamilton, Wyatt Mortenson, Derek Duran, Katelyn Peroulis, Elizabeth Tucker and Rosalie Mortenson.

Friends of Moffat County Education hosts weekend 5K

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Dew Buster 5k Run/Walk

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Wyatt Mortenson, 9, comes to the finish line Saturday at the Dew Buster 5K Run/Walk and One-Mile Family Fun Run at Loudy-Simpson Park. Mortenson finished second overall in the 5K race, recording a time of 23:15.

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Winners of Saturday's Dew Buster One-Mile Family Fun Run at Loudy-Simpson Park were, from left to right, Dylan Chalmers, Conner Chalmers, Emma Jones and Leah Jackson.

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Dew Buster 5K Walk/Run age group winners:

• Men 18 and older — Derek Duran

• Boys 13 to 18 — Matt Hamilton

• Boys 12 and younger — Wyatt Mortenson

• Women 18 and older — Elizabeth Tucker

• Girls 13 to 18 — Katelyn Peroulis

• Girls 12 and younger — Rosalie Mortenson

Dew Buster One-Mile Family Fun Run winners:

• 5 to 9 — Conner Chalmers and Emma Jones

• 9 to 12 — Leah Jackson and Dylan Chalmers

Quotable

“We were very happy to see all the kids come out. We had a lot more kids running the 5K this time than in the last one, which is great. They had fun and that’s what really matters.”

—Chris Jones, Friends of Moffat County Education president, about participation in Saturday's Dew Buster 5K Walk/Run and One-Mile Family Fun Run

Before grabbing some grub at the Colorado State Barbecue Championships, some Moffat County residents got up early for a Saturday morning run.

More than 80 people participated in the Friends of Moffat County Education Dew Buster 5K Walk/Run and One-Mile Family Fun Run at Loudy-Simpson Park.

The race was 3.1 miles. Derek Duran, who crossed the finish line first in a time of 21:07, said it was an excellent day for a run.

“It’s a perfect day out here,” Duran said. “This was a good atmosphere, it was a good turnout, so it was fun.” Wyatt Mortenson, 9, was the overall runner-up in the race, finishing in 23:15.

Mortenson reacted to his finish with nonchalance.

“I’ve done a lot of 5Ks,” he said. “My first was when I was 3, so I like them.”

For the women, Elizabeth Tucker and Katelyn Peroulis ran side-by-side throughout, finishing in 23:54 as the top female runners in their respective age divisions.

Saturday was the second 5K organized by FMCE, and while the event did not attract as many runners as the first, the Wake the Whittler 5K in late June, FMCE President Chris Jones was not discouraged by the turnout.

“We didn’t know that (the barbecue and balloon festival) were going to be happening until just a couple weeks ago,” he said. “Because of all the (fire) bans we had to wait because we wanted to have our race happening with other stuff in the community.

"So we didn’t get to advertise this one as much as we would have liked, but I still think we had a good turnout.”

Getting children out to run and be active is one of the primary goals of the races for FMCE, so Jones was encouraged by the number who participated Saturday.

“We were very happy to see all the kids come out,” he said. “We had a lot more kids running the 5K this time than in the last one, which is great. They had fun and that’s what really matters.”

FMCE is planning another 5K, tentatively scheduled for the weekend of Moffat County High School’s home cross-country meet, Sept. 22.

Jones said it will be tough to beat the atmosphere from the Dew Buster.

“I don’t know if you could ask for better surroundings,” he said. “We’ve got perfect running weather, the barbecues are going so you’ve got that smell, the balloons in the air. This was a fun one.”

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