For the first time in recent memory, the Fastest Kid in Town race came down to a near photo finish.
Fastest Boy in Town Xavier Brown, 11, was declared the winner, barely besting the Fastest Girl in Town, Sarah Vickers, 12, in the title race Saturday night.
"We both hit the tape, but I think he hit it a little before," Sarah said after the sprint.
Xavier is an incoming sixth-grader at Carter G. Woodson Academy.
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Sarah, who said she also won Fastest Girl in Town two years ago, when she was 10, is an eighth-grader at Campbell Junior High in Clark County.
Xavier described winning as "exhilarating."
He said he plays football, basketball and baseball. Now, he said, "I guess I'll run track" too.
More than 200 kids ages 3 to 12 competed in the fastest kid competition. The event is part of A Midsummer Night's Run, which is organized by Baptist Health Lexington. This year, the fastest kid races, as well as a one-mile fun run and 5K race, drew more than 4,000 runners downtown.
Kim Harris brought her two daughters, Savannah, 11, and Carlie, 9, to the fastest kid races for the first time.
"I really like to run, so it was really good for me," said Savannah. "I felt like a racehorse in the Derby."
"I was like, 'Just come on legs,'" Carlie said.
Ayanna-Sarai Darrington, who won the 9-year-old girls' competition, said her secret to success was simple: "My mom kept on telling me, 'You can do it!'"
And so she did.
Other winners were: Quinn Smith, fastest 3-year-old girl; Parker Morgan, 3-year-old boy; Hannah McColl, 4-year-old girl; Graham Potter, 4-year-old boy; Kayla Hudspeth, 5-year-old girl; Tyson Duke, 5-year-old boy; Raehana Matcheswala, 6-year-old girl; Jackson Roberts, 6-year-old boy; Anna Clay, 7-year-old girl; Cooper Conner, 7-year-old boy; Cate Birch, 8-year-old girl; Kevin Knox, 8-year-old boy; Evan Brown, 9-year-old boy; Olivia Mackey, 10-year-old girl; Evan Covert, 10-year-old boy; Alannah McEntee, 11-year-old girl; and Turlough McEntee, 12-year-old boy.
Winner of the one-mile fun run was Jake McEntee, who finished in 5:47.67. Kinley Kunkle was the female winner with a time of 7:21.
Brennan Fields, 17, of Richmond, was the overall winner of the 5K, finishing in 16:13. The top female was Emily Frith, 21, of Lexington, whose time was 18:15.