Annual Ivory Crockett run benefits charities

Principal John M. Thomas
Despite rainy weather, vice principal John M. Thomas participates in the Ivory Crocket Run on Oct. 2. (Photo by Nora Swearingen)

Nora Swearingen
Staff Writer

Sports Medicine and Training Center and Webster Groves School District Foundation sponsored the annual Ivory Crocket Run at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 2, to raise money for scholarships for seniors and to help Lift for Life Gym.

The gym, which receives no government funding, is a safe place for inner-city children to workout, do homework and get a healthy dinner for free.

Ivory Crockett graduated from WGHS in 1968. He broke the world record for the 100 yard dash with a time of 9 seconds in 1974. He was then titled “The World’s Fastest Human” and his record has not been beaten.

Despite the rain Fredbird and others came to help. The race started at the intersection of North Gore and West Lockwood Avenues.

The two fastest female runners for the 5K were Helen Alexander, age 47 (27:22:9) and Leah Muntges, age 45 (28:49:2).

The two fastest male runners for the 5K were Biagio Pietroburgo, age 17 (24:27:7) and Eric Gulve, age 52 (25:09:5). The fastest runner overall for the 5K was Pietroburgo.

Entry to be in the race is $20. People under the age of 18 got in for $10. Trophies were awarded at 9:45 a.m. for Overall male and female, Masters male and female, three-deep male and female in the following age groups: 14 and under; 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60 and over.

Runner Eric Gulve said he enjoys running in the Ivory Crockett run-“Because the run is for a great cause and because I live in Webster Groves. The course is very hilly, and I respect Ivory Crockett tremendously.”

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