By GERRI GRADY
ASHEVILLE – Ten Cherokee Runners competed in the 2012 Shamrock Run in Asheville on Saturday, March 17. Nine competed in the 10K and one in the 5K. The 10K course was very challenging and is touted as being the hilliest course in Asheville.
Kyle Swimmer, 1st place winner in his age group, said, “It was a tough one, the whole thing was one big hill.”
Jimmy Oocumma placed 3rd in his age group, Priscilla Squirrell placed 2nd in hers and Elnora Thompson placed 2nd in her age group. Other runners included: Stephan & Robin Swimmer, Brian Driver, Angel Squirrell, Sean Grady and Marlene Arch.
The Cherokee Runners held their annual meeting on March 15 at VOC at which time the organization by-laws received a minor revision. The group held its elections for a board member and for officers. The 2012 officers are: President-Stephan Swimmer; Vice-President-Dawna Paul; Secretary-Gerri Grady and Treasurer-Elnora Thompson. The Board is composed of Wilbur Paul, Gilliam Jackson and the Secretary. The next event for the group will be the Knoxville 5K/Half Marathon/Marathon on April 1. Some members will compete individually in the various races while others will run the marathon in relay teams.
Membership in Cherokee Runners is open to anyone that is interested in improving their fitness through running or walking. The group meets twice a month at the Age Link conference room. Visitors are welcome and everyone is encouraged to visit the group website: www.cherokeerunners.com or check out our Facebook page. Group runs (or walks) are held each Tuesday and Thursday at 6PM. Runners/walkers meet at the flame.