Runnin’ Rotiches roll to rainy 5K wins
Four years ago Rockdale got 2.5 inches of rain during the spring-summer months, all of it during the Dewberry Jam 5K.
Overnight Friday, the town received almost the same amount, forcing most of the running crowd which had planned to attend the seventh annual Run For the Kay 5K to stay home.
Both those soggy runs had one thing in common. They were won by the same athletes.
World-class runners Jacob and Hellen Rotich of Manor captured Saturday’s event, just as they did that wet 2009 Dewberry Jam.
The Rotiches have never lost a race in Rockdale.
Jacob has now won three Kay Theatre events and two Dewberry Jams.
Hellen has captured three Kay runs and three Dewberry Jams.
“We took a couple of years off to have a baby,” Jacob told The Reporter. “I stayed home to take care of our son.”
The Rotiches, natives of Kenya, are well known in worldclass running circles, with wins ranging from Hawaii to Austin.
‘SUCCESSFUL’—Even with the light turnout, organizers said the run with highly successful with a large pre-registration.
“We made about $3,650,” Les Davenport, Kay Theatre Foundation chairman, said.
That raises the total raised for theatre restoration over the past seven years to $56,650.
The nearly 70-year-old theatre is being restored as a performing arts/cultural center for Rockdale.
Renovation work on the building’s interior is well under way and participants Saturday morning had use of the facility’s restrooms and concession area, while the Communities in Concert Band played in the theatre’s auditorium. See photo, page 2A.
RESULTS—Davenport listed results as follows, noting that times were not available:
MEN’S 5K RUN
30-39—1. Daniel Bronkenhoffer.
WOMEN’S 5K RUN
MEN’S 5K WALK
No contestants participated
WOMEN’S 5K WALK
19 and under—1. Melanie
50-59—1. Mary Waters; 2.