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Reed, Betz win Gwynn’s Island 5K

Russell Reed won the men’s 5K race in 19:17.4 and Rileigh Betz took the women’s trophy in 26:14.4 in the Gwynn’s Island Festival Kukini race on Saturday.

The 5K and a one-mile fun run went on as scheduled although weather forced cancellation of the festival.

The island firehouse was the start and finish line for the one-miler which started at 9 a.m. and the 5K at 9:30. There were more than 60 participants, a release said.

Faith Lewis of Mathews County was the fastest miler on Saturday, leading the pack with a time of 11:23.9. 

The 5K race was also competitive—and slightly longer than 5K, the release said. Russell Reed of Onemo led the group from the start and finished in just over 19 minutes, followed by Doug Marshall of Mathews in 20:37.8, and Samuel Guy—in town visiting with his family from California—in third overall at 23:17.2. The race for fastest overall female was hotly contested by Mathews High School running champs from past and pre...

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