LAKE WYLIE--Repeat winners paced the field for the biggest Splash Dash ever Saturday, which drew more than 200 runners.
Tanner Fisher, 18, won his third 5K competition with a time of 18:33. The Lake Wylie teen topped Charlotteans Wade Barts, 26, and Robert Heck, 41, who finished in 19:17 and 20:23, respectively.
Fisher outlasted more than 100 competitors in what he hopes will become a tradition -- finishing first in the 5K.
"We'll see," said Fisher, who had not run competitively since the end of last year. "I hope so."
Bill Shires, 43, raced the Splash Dash Saturday for the first time in eight years. The Charlottean finished the same way he did back then in the 10K event--at the front of the field.
"Just as tough as I remember," said Shires, who finished in 36:45, of the course. "Especially that last mile or so when it's starting to hurt and you have those hills. They've got those hills in the right places."
Combined, both races featured 175 participants last year. This year, everyone from parents with strollers to young children, seniors to serious marathon runners participated. All told, 227 people crossed the start line.
"Our race has become more diverse," said Susan Bromfield, president of the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the event. "We have more families that participate, people who bring their children. It's just become a family occasion, which is nice."
Once volunteers and organizers were included, at least 350 people were involved.
"We had everything in that race from a baby in a stroller to a 75-year old man," Bromfield said. "That's pretty diverse."
114 total participants
2. Mick Francis, 16, Lake Wylie: 39:09
3. Evan Bayles, 25, Rock Hill: 41:12
1. Rebecca Roemer, 32, Tega Cay: 44:14
2. Nicole Saunders, 27, Charlotte: 44:15
3. Annette Oflynn, 38, Fort Mill: 46:03
93 total participants
OVERALL MEN1. 2. 3.
1. Alison Crawford, 32: 25:42