Hundreds of runners take part in annual Mebane on the Move races

A group of Mebane on the Move volunteers pose together on the morning of Saturday, December 14, the date of this year's annual Mebane on the Move 5K Road Race and Kid's Mad Dash events. Over 200 participants registered for this year's events and braved cold, rainy weather to take on the streets of downtown Mebane in this year's races. 

Mebane on the Move held its annual 5K Road Race and kid’s Mad Dash this past weekend, with more than 200 registered participants. Despite a cold, rainy Saturday morning in Mebane, most of the participants held their commitment and came out to either run or walk the track that made its way through downtown Mebane. 

While the 5K Road Race provided competitive runners a chance to take on the Mebane streets, others could stroll with their children or take part in a lower-paced jog to get a little exercise. The Kid’s Mad Dash provided local children a chance to engage as well. There were plenty of volunteers and fellow participants on hand to cheer the runners as they came across the finish line. 

Coming in first place overall in the 5K Road Race was Mebane’s Andrew Parker, who paced the field with a time of 18 minutes, 54.02 seconds. Second place went to another Mebane resident, Andrew Rowland, who was the event’s only other sub-20-minute finisher at 19 minutes, 29.19 seconds. Hannah Kucewicz of Mebane recorded the top overall female run at 23 minutes, 43.00 seconds. 

Geneva Ricketts of Haw River placed first in the 12-and-under female division (31 minutes, 28.28 seconds), while Mebane’s Maddy Loranger (32 minutes, 58.20 seconds) placed second. In third place in this division was Sara McLamb of Efland (44 minutes, 22.88 seconds). In the 12-and-under male division, it was all Mebanites, with Nash Miller taking first (25 minutes, 30.07 seconds), Jay Parker coming in second (25 minutes, 30.33 seconds), and Alex Oakes placing third (26 minutes, 26.28 seconds). 

In the 13-to-18 female division, Durham residents Ahrianna Keefe and Katie Bemeo placed first and second, with Keefe recording a time of 27 minutes, 31.11 seconds, and Berneo coming in at 27 minutes, 40.88 seconds. In third place was Mebane resident Isabella Miller (28 minutes, 18.90 seconds). In the 13-18 male division, Isaac Funk of Graham came in first (23 minutes, 43.43 seconds), while Vincenzo Papaneri of Mebane placed second (23 minutes, 52.40 seconds), and Max Hawkins placed third (24 minutes, 49.79 seconds). 

In the 19-to-29 years female division, it was Samantha McKeon of Hillsborough who came in first with a run of 27 minutes, 18.11 seconds. She was followed by Brooke Weeks of Snow Camp (28 minutes. 6.04 seconds) and Autumn Joyce of Burlington (28 minutes, 40.19 seconds). In the 19-to-29 male division, Trey Hensley led the field with a run of 23 minutes, 59.53 seconds. Fellow Mebane residents Mitchell and Matthew Lippy were next to cross the finish line, with Mitchell finishing in 25 minutes, 44.04 seconds, and Matthew coming in at 25 minutes, 45.09 seconds. 

In the 30-to-39 female division, Mebane’s Erica Tipton recorded a time of 23 minutes, 44.68 seconds. She was followed by Melisha Chamra of Gibsonville (25 minutes, 52.24 seconds), and Heather Yousef of Mebane (29 minutes, 12.34 seconds). In the 30-to-39 male division, Rowland recorded a time of 19 minutes, 29.19 seconds, followed by fellow Mebane resident Brian Parker (22 minutes, 25.79 seconds), and Micah Fox of Burlington (23 minutes, 39.55 seconds). 

Moving into the 40-to-49 female division, Tracey Morrow of Burlington led the way (25 minutes, 7.48 seconds), with Mary Marcia Brown of Lakeland, Florida coming in second (25 minutes, 11.64 seconds), and Jennifer Curtin of Burlington coming in third (25 minutes, 14.69 seconds). In the 40-to-49 male division, Jeff Hawley of Durham led the pack (22 minutes, 14.88 seconds), with Mebanites Bryan Rooney (24 minutes, 57.58 seconds) and Scott Miller (29 minutes, 3.66 seconds), placing second and third, respectively. 

The 50 and 60 groupings may have been the oldest competitors in the field, but these were some of the best overall races. In the men’s 50-to-59 and 60-to-69 groupings, each of the top six finishers - top three in the two races - placed times at 23 minutes or under, outrunning many participants several decades younger. 

In the 50-to-59 female division, Durham’s Melanie Keefe recorded a top time of 26 minutes, 28.83 seconds, with Barbara Taylor of Mebane (28 minutes, 48.13 seconds) placing second. In third place was Sarah Atkinson of Durham (29 minutes, 47.59 seconds). In the 60-and-above female category, Susan Smith of Durham prevailed with a time of 28 minutes, 30.96 seconds. Susan Bauer of Chapel Hill placed second 930 minutes, 7.35 seconds), while Mebane’s Cheryl Murphy came in third (33 minutes, 37.97 seconds). 

In the 50-to-59 male division, Jowen Jackson of Graham placed first (22 minutes, 26.15 seconds), followed by Gary Rice of Mebane (22 minutes, 44.46 seconds), and Craig Helms of Chapel Hill (23 minutes, 0.79 seconds). In the 60-and-above male division, William Morrell (unknown residence) held off James Pendergraph of Hillsborough for first place. Morrell recorded a time of 22 minutes, 17.99 seconds, while Pendergraph came in at 22 minutes, 26.07 seconds. Another Hillsborough resident, Ralph Pini, came in third with a time of 22 minutes, 59.09 seconds.