Former Ram distance star Ron Lavaire ran a record time as he led Shelbyville runners to most of the top spots at the 11th Annual Tom Short 5K on Saturday.
The Tom Short 5K is the signature Shelbyville race that is in memory of Tom Short, an avid distance runner and supporter of youth athletics. Short was a devoted husband and father and man of faith and a community-minded local businessman. The race helps raise funds for the development and maintenance of the General Dacey Trail in Shelbyville.
“Ronald gave an incredible performance and set a course record that is sure to stand for years to come” said race director, Jerry Yockey. “Katelyn (Duckett) ran a strong race and beat a good field of women runners.”
It was not only a good field of runners, it was a record field of runners.
“The race has grown every year for 11 years and I was very pleased with the record number of 425 total participants in this years event,” Yockey said. There were 363 finishers in the 5K Race (20% more than 2012) and 62 finishers in the Fun Run/Walk. Our dedicated race volunteers are the best and I can’t thank them enough for helping our race become so successful.”
Lavaire, a former Tom Short winner, ran the fastest race in the 11 year history of the Tom Short 5K (15:36). Katelyn Duckett, another former SHS distance star now running at Eastern Illinois University, was the overall female winner in a time of 20:55, crossing the finish line as the first woman, in 40th place. Kathy Fulk, also of Shelbyville, was the Masters Female winner once again at age 60 in a time of 25:36.
Lavaire’s record time was 1:13 ahead of the runner-up, recently graduated Ram distance star Neil Yockey (16:49). Then came a race to the finish for the next three runners. Drennian Martin, another Shelbyville high runner on the 3rd place state cross country team last year, crossed 36 seconds after Yockey (17:25), winning the home stretch sprint by a second over the next two runners.