There are many who will get up early in the morning and run or walk for exercise and fitness.
On Saturday, a number of local residents, including many Mount Vernon Metropolitan School District coaches, athletes and administrators, as well as visitors from outside the area, got up at 7:15 a.m. and ran or walked for exercise, fitness and to help the Mount Vernon High School athletic program.
The high school sponsored its first annual “Miles for MV Athletics” fundraiser, which included a two-mile and four-mile run-walk around the school grounds.
There were 119 runners, some hailing from such diverse places as Cincinnati and Gurnee, Ill., as well as Evansville and New Harmony, participating in the race, which benefited the Mount Vernon athletic department.
High school athletic director Gary Redman said that the races were broken down into three age groups (18 and under, 19-50 and 51 and older) with the groups divided into male and female divisions. Awards were presented to the top three runners in each division.
Angela Reckelhoff of Evansville was the top female four-mile runner, posting a time of 29:18.8, while Gene Mesker paced the men with a time of 23:50.6.
The top five female four-mile runners age 18 and under were Erica McCormick (39:51.5), Stefanie Bulla (41:48.9), Megan Randall (44:18..1), Jade Kopp (49:55.7) and Abby Randall (49:56.7).
The top five male runners under 18 were Micah Keller (28:58.7), Noah Keller (29:06.4), Luke Rusher (30:22.3), Hunter Brooks (30:32.5) and Wyatt Dixon (34:23.1).
Among the women age 19-50, the top five were Stephanie Schilling (32:12.0), Staci Reese (32:16.9), Mindy Dillow (32:34.7), Abby Mitchell (33:40.6) and Johanna Bredemeier (40:36.6).
The top five 19-50 men were Tim Searcy (28:52,2), Todd Slykuhis (28:58.7), Jason Marlowe (32:27.0), Rob Wood (33:08.8) and John Campbell (33:30.4).
In the 51 and up age group, the top five women were Karen York (41:47.8), Carol Moll (47:31.1), Regina Russell (48:12.5), Kim Keene (48:38.8) and Linda Hawley (49:34.4), while the top five men were Ken McDonald (24.23.3), Nick Fuelling (29:38.7), Gary Redman (36:43.6), Tom Kopatich (41:57.3) and Mike Van Cleve (42:42.9).
Toni Waddell posted a time of 12:42.1 to pace the female two-mile race, while Nathan Ellis was the top make with a time of 12:31.8.
The top five female runners age 18 and under were Mackenzie McClarney (14:23.3), Rachel Cash (14:26.4), Morgan Matthews (15:44.2), Maria Santow (16:22.2) and Jacey Ritzert (16;24.9).
The top five male runners under 18 in the two-mile run were Collin Knight (12:470), Levi Shannon (13;16.2), Cameron Maier (14:44.5), Drake McNamara (15:02.8) and Jevin Redman (15;16.9).
In the 19-50 female group, the top five were Laura Baggett (15:32.0), Cathy Schroeder (16:04.2) Cara Merrick (16:16.3), Shannon Perry (18:29.9) and Kelli Shoobridge (18:35.5).
Morgan Pepper paced the 19-50 men with a time of 12:49.2, followed by Eric Stemple (13:39.3), Jason Stemple (13:39.2), Shayan Shamsie (13:37.3) and Ryan Stemple (16:26.0).
Mount Vernon boys’ tennis coach Vicki Rueger led the 51 and older female runners with a time of 16:22.7, followed by Ann Stemple (18:07.5), Jessica Thompson (21:30.3), Sherry Willis (30:04.9) and Charlotte Johnston (32:13.1), while the top five male runners were Brian Allen (12:54.8), Loren Evans (29:37.9), Bobby Willis (32:37.1), 32:57.5) and Steve Schroeder (34:30.7).