Race benefits Zachary Davis Memorial Foundation

Race benefits Zachary Davis Memorial Foundation

Despite rain and wind, over 250 runners took to the hills of Amish country surrounding Breitenbach Winery on Saturday, May 7 as part of the Dandelion Run.

Overall winners — top 20 — in the 5k included the following: Bryce Newbold, Dover, 21:02; Spencer Milburn, Uhrichsville, 21:36; Gavin Milburn, Uhrichsville, 21:59; Joseph Miller, Fresno, 23:08; Owen Simpson, Magnolia, 24:05; Kylie McKenzie, Strasburg, 24:06; Griffin Niss, Coshocton, 24:47; Dave Sheeler, Akron, 25:00; Christopher Anderson, Chagrin Falls, 25:18; and Bekah Zinkon, Baltic, 25:23.

The top-10 female finishers were McKenzie, Strasburg; Zinkon, Baltic; Madelyn Simpson, Magnolia; Ashley Newbold, Dover; Leah Conner, New Philadelphia; Peyton Frankovich, Cleveland; Kelli Esakov, Akron; Starley Jacobs, Coshocton; Adrianne Dimmerling, Belle Valley; and Emily Yost, Steubenville.

The 5k top finishers by age were as follows: Female 14 and Under, Madelyn Simpson, Magnolia; Female 20-29, Zinkon, Baltic; Female 30-39, Ashley Newbold, Dover; Female 40-49, Julia Pittman, Alliance; Female 50-59, Tammy Kern, Leipsic; Female 60-69, Chris Lindenbaum, New Philadelphia; Female 70-79, Pat Frye, Eureka, Missouri; Male 14 and Under, Owen Simpson, Magnolia; Male 15-19, Spencer Milburn, Uhrichsville; Male 20-29, Joseph Miller, Fresno; Male 30-39, Dave Wheeler, Akron; Male 40-49, Christopher Anderson, Chagrin Falls; and Male 50-59, James Frankovich, Dover.

Overall winners — top 20 — of the 5k were Jesse Mullet, Dover, 40:24; Wayne Yoder, Baltic, 41:41; Bub Froehlick, Jerusalem, 43:31; Wayne Miller, Fresno, 43:42; Chris Thoburn, St. Clairsville, 45:43; Kreg Robinson, Clarington, 46:49; Jason Leech, Cadiz, 47:06; Rob Miller, New Philadelphia, 47:48; Cris Raber, Winesburg, 48:41; Kenneth McCracken, Strasburg, 48:46; Delbert Yoder, Dover, 49:05; Jon Beachy, Sugarcreek, 50:04; Robert Clark, Boardman, 50:51; Kenzi Bice, Fresno, 51:28; Corinne Doudna, Cambridge, 52:32; Sarah Donley, Bethesda, 53:10; Allen Riechers, New Philadelphia, 53:15; Tim Stillion, Dover, 54:59; Autumn Joyce, Kimbolton, 55:36; and Helen Short, Pickerington, 55:38.

The top-10 female finishers in the 10k were Kenzie Bice, Fresno; Corinne Doudna, Cambridge; Sarah Donley, Bethesda; Autumn Joyce, Kimbolton; Helen Short, Pickerington; Angela Mazza, Maumee; Nancy Wardell, Dover; Hannah Smith, Parma; Leigh Liner, North Canton; and Morgan Burgner, North Canton.

The 10k top finishers by age were as follows: Female 14 and Under, Kenzie Bice, Fresno; Female 20-29, Corinne Doudna, Cambridge; Female 30-39, Sarah Donley, Bethesda; Female 40-49, Helen Short, Pickerington; Female 50-59, Katie Koske, Canton; Male 20-29, Wayne Miller, Fresno; Male 30-39, Jesse Mullet, Dover; Male 40-49, Wayne Yoder, Baltic; Male 50-59, Kenneth McCracken, Strasburg; Male 60-69, Robert Clark, Boardman; and Male 70 and Up, Merle Glass, Cambridge.

A fun run/1-mile race also was held.

Funds raised as a result of the event benefited the Zachary Davis Memorial Foundation. The nonprofit was started by Anita Davis after the death of her son Zachary on Nov. 12, 2005, from a heroin overdose.

“Before he died, he told me that if he could tell kids and prevent one person from ever using, he would,” Davis said. “Zach was 12 when he first started experimenting with marijuana. He and his friends started stealing and spent time at the Detention Center. I noticed a change in his mood; he was more quiet and secretive. I didn’t know at the time but later found out Zach had gotten white out and computer duster and huffed it. One time he downed a bottle of cough syrup to black out.”

It is the intent of the Zachary Davis Memorial Foundation to provide learning opportunities about drugs and their lasting effects on an individual and their family. In addition, the group offers scholarships to graduating seniors to specific schools in the area. They also have been able to give gifts to youth-focused organizations including YoungLife of Tuscarawas County, Big Brothers Big Sisters, YMCA Strong Kids and Dover High School Youth To You.

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