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Runnin’ Rotiches roll to rainy 5K wins

Wet racers net $3,650 for theatre


A night-long downpour before the seventh annual Run For the Kay kept the field down but not these hearty souls who showed up. 
Reporter/Mike Brown A night-long downpour before the seventh annual Run For the Kay kept the field down but not these hearty souls who showed up. Reporter/Mike Brown There’s just something about Rockdale 5K runs and rain.

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.


World class husband-and-wife team Jacob and Hellen Rotich of Austin kept their Rockdale winning streaks intact Saturday. World class husband-and-wife team Jacob and Hellen Rotich of Austin kept their Rockdale winning streaks intact Saturday. Why the one race difference? She came to one Dewberry race that he did not, the event held this past April.

“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.


Isaac Lugo and Heaven Santos were the only runners in the kids 1K. They braved rain and slick streets to finish the event. Isaac Lugo and Heaven Santos were the only runners in the kids 1K. They braved rain and slick streets to finish the event. “We appreciate all of our sponsors, the volunteers who came out in that weather and, of course, to all the participants who braved the weather,” Davenport said.

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
Overall—Jacob Rotich.
30-39—1. Daniel Bronkenhoffer.


Perfect timing by theatre restorers. Work has progressed to the point where Kay interior could be used Saturday to stay dry at daybreak while waiting for rain to subside. It actually did, just long enough to get the runs in. Perfect timing by theatre restorers. Work has progressed to the point where Kay interior could be used Saturday to stay dry at daybreak while waiting for rain to subside. It actually did, just long enough to get the runs in. 40-49—1. Dario Juarez.
50-59—1. Martin Juarez.
60-69—1. Dennis Alston.

WOMEN’S 5K RUN
Overall—Hellen Rotich.

MEN’S 5K WALK
No contestants participated

WOMEN’S 5K WALK
Overall—Autumn Davenport.
19 and under—1. Melanie
Ibarra.
50-59—1. Mary Waters; 2.
RoiAnn Alston.


Autumn Davenport was first place walker in the annual fund-rasing event. Autumn Davenport was first place walker in the annual fund-rasing event. KIDS 1K RUN
Boys—1. Isaac Lugo.
Girls—1. Heaven Santos.


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