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By Gretchen McPherson
Ledger Staff 



April 12, 2018

Gretchen McPherson

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Despite the morning rains, more than 80 runners and walkers showed up to participate in the Coon Hill Cemetery 5K and Half Mile Fun Run last Saturday morning. Runners and walkers of all ages and abilities came to do their part to raise money for the upkeep of the cemetery.

The event serves as a fundraiser for the preservation and restoration of Coon Hill Cemetery, the oldest cemetery in north Santa Rosa County.

According to race coordinator Matt Dobson, the event raised between $4,000 and $5,000 this year, up from the $3,000 it raised last year.

"We had great sponsors again this year," said Dobson. "And even though the weather was perfect last year, folks came out to show their support this year too, and didn't let the inclement weather keep them from doing what they love for a great cause."

The overall male and female winners, Austin Gonzales and Jillian Thornton, are both seniors at Jay High School. Following the 5K was the Half Mile Fun Run, where kids got to run in the mud and splash the water puddles on purpose! Everyone seemed to have a good time and didn't mind a little mud.


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