Dogs, families give local race some charm |

Dogs, families give local race some charm

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

NEW CASTLE – Laid-back, loose and a little quirky. Those qualities are what distinguish community-sponsored runs like Saturday’s 5K Hogback Hustle.Where else, but at events like this, are dogs just as important as humans?

Fischer Schroeder, a male 6-year-old mixed breed, was one of 101 participants in the annual race from the town’s City Market to Burning Mountain Park.Fischer, who won the canine division, is said to have paid his entry fee – although his owners, David and Ginny Schroeder, probably were the ones who forked out the cash.The Hustle certainly refrains from taking itself too seriously.

At the starting line, prior to the race, there was a relaxed atmosphere among the runners, rather than intensity. Instead of harsh glares of competition, participants greeted each other with smiles, handshakes and hugs.Then ran – or in some cases walked – off to do their best.Hometown resident Pat Cade recorded the race’s fastest time. The 22-year-old zipped in at 17 minutes, 48.18 seconds, followed by men’s 40-49 division winner Antonio Holguin.

Ron Lund of Basalt was third. His daughter, Amy, a member of Basalt High’s track and cross country teams, finished eighth overall at 20:47.47. It was the best woman’s mark of the event.Participation-wise, the agenda differed between father and daughter.”It was on a whim for Amy. She found out about the race last night,” Ron Lund explained. “I ran two years ago, and I liked the course. I like fast down hill courses, so I thought I’d come out and do it again.”

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