'Even the smallest kids can be the fastest' in the Fastest Kid in Town competition

kward1@herald-leader.comAugust 9, 2014 

Carrington Clark, 4, says her secret to winning footraces is simple: "exercising."

For the second year in a row, Carrington won her heat at the Fastest Kid in Town competition, held Saturday as part of A Midsummer Night's Run.

[See results for the Midsummer Night's Run 5K]

Her mom, Naeeta Clark, said she didn't mind coming out in afternoon rain for the event. "She actually reminded me," Naeeta Clark said. "She just really loves to run."

Mom likes the race, too: "It gives the kids something to do," she said.

For Lindsey Roberts, the Fastest Kid in Town is a way for his children to participate in a hobby they see him enjoying.

"My wife and I are both runners," Roberts said. "It just gives them a chance to compete as well."

His son, Jackson, 5, and daughter, Sydney, 4, must have picked up their parents' genes; both won their heats this year.

Clay Rains, 12, pulled a hamstring during his first heat, but he still managed to take home the title of Fastest Kid in Town. He went on to finish second overall in the 1-mile fun run.

"I had a lot of fun," said Clay, who runs track at Morton Middle School.

Alicia Sallee, 11, was the female Fastest Kid winner.

Both admitted to being nervous before the race.

"I didn't know how many kids were going to be out here," Clay said. "Even the smallest kids can be the fastest."

Luckily for him, the steady drizzle kept the numbers down.

While 700 to 800 kids normally participate in the race, 243 children took to the downtown streets this year, said Ruth Ann Childers, spokeswoman for sponsor Baptist Health.

But by 8:30 p.m., when the 5K began, the skies had cleared and Lexington was ready for a run. Nearly 5,000 registered for the 5K, which had a new route this year that took runners straight out Richmond Road and back.

The winner was Luka Naungu of Richmond, who finished in 15:24. For the third year in a row, Allison Morgan was the top female runner. She finished in 16:32.

The winner of the 1-mile fun run was Mancah Carrel, who finished in 5:22, and the top female runner was Sky Howell, with a time of 8:45.

This was the 30th running of the Midsummer Night's Run, and event sponsors honored three people who had run in every one: Robert Green, Bill Bond and Mary Nagle.

Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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