Well, I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday.

Whether you spent it with family or quietly by yourself, hopefully it was a great day to celebrate our country’s independence.

Despite the Heat, A Great Turn Out Supports the Five Miles Event

The Pecan Grove Volunteer Fire Department is always very cautious in projecting attendance numbers when the 4th of July falls during the week, but Thursdays are always a shot in the dark.

Many people take off Friday and leave town, while others have to report to work on Friday, so it’s always unpredictable.

This July 4th, registration numbers were up about 75 people with an impressive showing of 375 neighbors and friends.

I was surprised to find so many this year that were attending for the first time.

That’s great and shows the community is staying tight and supporting the local volunteer fire department that serves them!

Even though the event was well attended, let me tell you, if you missed it, you missed out on a great day.

The Community Relations team did a great job organizing the event and it went off without a hitch as usual.

The day, as in the past, started with an opening prayer by Larry Danna, followed by the national anthem. The bike judging contest was held next for those kiddos that really got into the spirit of the day and decorated their bikes.

From there, it was off to the starting line with the fire truck siren kicking off the bikers, skaters, runners and lastly the walkers.

Walkers complete a 3-mile walk with the rest of the crowd doing the whole 5 miles.

Race results were tabulated by fire department volunteers.

Like last year, they did not break down by age division but rather gender by category.

Here are the winners as announced. Biking: Male First Place was David Partridge, a long time participant and his second year coming in first; second place Carson Padilla, and third was Michael Padilla. Biking for the Ladies: First place was Amanda Mickan (5th year in a row!!), second place McKenna Kittman and third place was Marg Bowsher (for the 2nd year in a row!) And we had one female that finished the course in her wheelchair: Alexis Cooper with a time of 1- hour, 4-minutes.

Sadly, long time participant Larry White was unable to participate this year from his wheelchair. We missed him!

Running the full 5 miles and placing for the Ladies were Tomalea Branch placed first place beating her second place finish last year. Michelle Marcheli placed second, and Megan Graham in third.

For the men: First place is Ryan Gubbles who also beat his second place finish last year, second place was Tyler Marcheli, and third was Charles Petty.

There was two female skaters who braved the course this year so naturally they claimed first and second, Jennifer Vontz, wife of long time firefighter Jared Vontz, placed first for the 5th, 6th, 7th time?

We’ve lost track because she is a force to be reckoned with on her skates.

Second place was first time participant Tiffany Paulin. Three males completed the course with Dmity Chan finishing first, Joe Becerra, second place finish, followed by Charles Petty for his third place win. I was at the finish line when Joe Becerra crossed and he was smiling and amazed that he even finished after losing 2 wheels off one of his skates back on the course. He finished with one front and one back wheel.

Walking the 3 mile course was First place male Edward Mejia, Second place was Tyler Marcheli, 3rd place finisher is Danny Williams. For the ladies, first place was Rebecca Polansky, second place was Ashley Sellier, and third place was Nikki Holmes.

That’s it for now. I want to get several pictures in. Have a wonderful week.

If you don’t see your picture in the paper, check out the paper’s website, it may be posted there.


If you have news you’d like to share, give me a holler at mcfbherald@yahoo.com.

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