Oakwood welcomes more than 1,300 to Red October Run

The annual Oakwood Red October Run was a success again this year, bringing more than 1,300 runners and walkers of all ages to the city of Wayne.

A total of 1,333 participants entered the four events this year, said Cynthia Cook, community benefits coordinator for Oakwood Healthcare. There were 345 registered in the 10K run, 544 in the 5K run and 318 in the 5K walk. The 1 Mile Jr. October race attracted 126 youngsters.

“We had a great turnout, and there were a number of course records set this year,” said Cook, who organizes the event every year.

The top finishers were:

In the Men’s 10K run, Colby Lowe of Southlake TX, set a course record with a time of 31:20, which is a pace of 5:03/mile.

For the women’s 10K run, Stephanie Smith of Detroit also set a course record with a final time of 38:57, good for a 6:17/mile pace.

Eric Loveland, of Dundee, set a course record in the Men’s 5K with a 16:17 finish, a pace of 5:15 minutes/mile.

Kimberly Peterson of Farmington Hills was the top female finisher in the 5K run with a time of 16:17.

Rick and Shelly Huber of Montrose, MI, were the top finishers in the men’s and women’s 5K walk, respectively. Rick’s 28:06 finish was also a course record. Shelly came in at 34:02.

Cook said the event was designed to promote health and fitness to families and attract runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. It did just that, too. The Youngest 5K run finisher was 6-year-old Kenna farmer of Canton, while the oldest was 81-year-old Michigan running legend Harrison Hensley of Pinckney. Hensley is the founder and director of the popular Run Thru Hell event and he’s run about 80 races so far this year. The youngest 10K finisher was 13-year-old Nicole Gadon of Canton. The oldest was 74 Virendra Mehta from Wayne, who finished the race in 1:18:00.

The event, which starts in front of Oakwood Annapolis Hospital in Wayne and follows a course through the nearby neighborhoods, is popular with regulars and beginners alike.

“It’s always such a great event,” said Jerry Mittman, 68, of Northville. Mittman, a former top finisher in his age group, returned to the event after a one-year hiatus. “They really do a good job with it. It’s a great course, a great community. It is always a good time.”

The 1 Mile Jr. October (above) attracted 126 children this year.