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Holiday Tradition

Hundreds Of People From 43 States Participate In 35th Annual Event

Jesse Rappole of Cary, N.C. was the top male finisher in the Firecracker 10K in Lakewood on Monday. Rappole, 39, posted a time of 35 minutes, 8 seconds to claim first overall. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg
Brooke Langworthy of East Aurora was the top female finisher in the Firecracker 10K in Lakewood on Monday. Langworthy, 33, had a 41:18 clocking, which was 15th overall. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg
Donavin Brown of Jamestown posted a time of 11:28 to win the 2-mile run. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg
Cassidy Scott of Rixeyville, Va. recorded a time of 11:31 en route to finishing second in the 2-mile run overall and leading the female division. P-J photo by Scott Kindberg

LAKEWOOD — More than two decades ago, Jesse Rappole was one of the top high school runners in the area.

Now 39 and living in Cary, North Carolina, he doesn’t appear to have missed a beat as he completed the Lakewood YMCA Firecracker 10K on Monday morning in 35 minutes, 8 seconds to lead the field of 160.

Michael Williamson of Erie, Pennsylvania was second (36:31), followed by Matthew Holton of Leesburg, Virginia (36:38).

A familiar name paced the women as area native Brooke Langworthy, now of East Aurora, posted a time of 41:18, holding off Saddie Sollub of Boise, Idaho (41:46) and Rachel Greszler of Bethesda, Maryland (42:54).

Meanwhile, in the 2-mile run, Donavin Brown of Jamestown was the top male finisher, recording a time of 11:28, three seconds faster than Cassidy Scott of Rixeyville, Virginia, who was the first female to cross the finish line. The other competitors to finish in the top five of the 2-mile run were Jonah Greszler of Bethesda, Maryland (11:42), Caeden Moore of Lake Wylie, South Carolina (12:16) and Lukas Svenson of Lakewood (12:21).

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