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Jasud wins River Valley 5K
RUMFORD -- Under wet, overcast conditions Saturday, 44 runners competed in the 15th annual River Valley 5K Road Race.
The 3.1-mile run was, for the first time, hosted by the River Valley Rotary Club and the River Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The race also began and finished at Hosmer Field, instead of taking place at Black Mountain. The course took runners through Rumford neighborhood streets with a gradually increasing grade in the beginning and finished with a gradually decreasing grade along the Swift River walking trail.
Runners said they especially enjoyed running on the walking trail along the river.
Charley LeDuc, a participant and one of the organizers, noted that they will use the same course next year.
The overall winner of the race was Tyler Jasud, 23, of Rumford, with a time of 16:42. Jasud was a 2010 graduate from the Univ. of Southern Maine, where he was a two-time Little East Conference’s Runner of the Year.
He said he enjoys running at least one Rumford running event a year. Jasud added he wants to keep running and will consider competing in larger running events in the future.
Finishing second overall was Dan Crooker, 39, at 17:07, followed by Ryan Nicols of Mexico at 18:48.
The top finisher for the women was Natalie Bolduc, 15, at 23:24, followed by Erin Farrington, 25, at 25:55, and Robyn Parsons, 24, at 26:26.
The top three finishers in each age group and in male and female categories will receive prizes.
Times for the event were compiled by Roger Arsenault of the Chisholm Ski Club.
Proceeds from the race go to a college scholarship fund awarded to deserving area public high school seniors.
Ryan Nicols of Mexico, who finished third overall, makes his way over the bridge on the walking trail during Saturday's River Valley 5K Road Race. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)
Seen here are the overall winners of Saturday's River Valley 5K Road Race, with Natalie Bolduc leading for the women and Tyler Jasud for the men. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)