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by PAT MURDOCK

The ninth annual “From Here To Eternity” 5-K Walk/Run is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 starting at 8 a.m. on the corner of Blanco and Hutchison Streets by the Lamar School Annex.

The “From Here To Eternity” 5-K Walk/Run is sponsored by the Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting the resources, services and historic significance of the historic city cemetery. Last year’s run attracted 66 competitors.

Forms for on-line registration are up on both the Friends and the San Marcos Runners Club websites, as well as the popular Runtex website. Runners – and walkers – compete in age and gender divisions in the annual fundraiser, which is staged by the San Marcos Runners Club.

Last year, 23-year-old Richard Powell of Sugar Land posted the best overall time in the run with a time of 17:34 minutes. Twenty-nine-year-old Amber Jones of San Marcos posted a time of 23:24 to become the overall female champion. Mike Vordenbaum of Fentress, 55, was named the male masters champion with a time of 20:39. The female masters champion was Johnye Harriman of Belton, 58, with a time of 26:25.

The race entry fee is $15 before the end of the day Saturday, Oct. 6. It will increase to $20 after the early registration deadline. Current Texas State University-San Marcos students will receive a $3 discount with a student ID.

The challenging 5-K course begins at the San Marcos CISD’s Lamar Annex on the corner of Blanco and Hutchison Streets and continues on residential streets that vary from flat to hilly, and loops through the San Marcos City Cemetery before finishing back at Lamar. View the race route map on the San Marcos Runners Club website at http://www.sanmarcosrunners.org/fhte_5k/FHTE_5K.pdf.

Race categories are divided in age and gender divisions. Age divisions include 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60 and over. Day of race registration will begin at 7 a.m. at the Lamar School Annex.

Once again, David Alexander and the San Marcos Runners Club will be officiating the walk/run.

Delightfully unique, handmade tombstone trophies will be awarded to the overall male and female finishers, the top male and female masters finishers (over 40 years of age) and to the top three male and female finishers in each age division. On the day of the race, creatively designed tee-shirts will be presented to the first 75 registered participants.

Awards will be presented at approximately 9 a.m.

According to Friends of the San Marcos Cemetery President Pat Murdock, sponsors on board to date for this year’s race include Thomason Funeral Home, Pennington Funeral Home and Jane Hughson.

For information on the walk/run or sponsorships, contact Pat Murdock at (512) 353-1943 or e-mail her at pmurdock@centurytel.net. For updates, check the Friends’ website here.

— SUBMITTED REPORT/FRIENDS OF THE CEMETERY

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