MOUNT CARMEL — The second annual Spooktacular 5K run/walk had perfect weather on Saturday, and more than twice the amount of participants than the inaugural race.
Pirates, superheroes and Dr. Seuss characters were among the 67 people who sprinted away from Mount Carmel City Hall.
The course started on Market Street before turning right on 7th Street to head towards the Wabash River and then back around to Market. Several participants commented on how hilly the course was, even nicknaming the final one the “Hill of Death.”
Thomas Selby, a doctor at Wabash General Hospital, took first place with a time of 23:03.7. He and his wife, Caryn, and their son won one of the several costume contest awards for their “nerdy” attire.
Camryn Strine, 11, was awarded second place for the second year in a row, with a time of 23:43.4. Blake Strine, 9, got third place with a time of 24:20.9.
The top three male runners were Selby, Strine and Shaun Meador, 7, and the top three female runners were Strine, Chelsea Hon and Melissa Strine.
Photos of the race winners as well as the costume contest winners are on the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page.
Lesley Hipsher, executive director of the Chamber, thanked everyone for coming to the event, as well as the sponsors for the Spooktacular 5K, which included Borowiaks IGA, Wabash General Hospital, Kemper CPA and Tropic Tan.