Racing to ‘Keep Your Fork’


Winners announced for annual race

By Sarah Hawley - shawley@civitasmedia.com



A total of 170 participants took part in the Keep Your Fork 5K which benefits the Brandi Thomas Memorial Scholarship.


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Top finishers in the 2016 Keep Your Fork 5K were (left to right) Hunter Parsons, second place male; Jared Kennedy, first place male; Taylor Parker, third place female; Jess Cook, second place female; Holly Delong, first place female. Absent from photo: Cole Betzing, third place male.


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ROCKSPRINGS — “Keep your fork, the best is yet to come.”

As the story goes, a woman, after being given just months to live was meeting with her Rabbi to discuss her wishes. One final instruction from the woman was that she be buried with a fork in her right hand.

The woman in the story explained her grandmother told her that “In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, ’ Keep your fork.’ It was my favorite part be cause I knew something better was coming.”

The fork is a symbol that the best is yet to come which is the reason behind the race’s unique name of the race held in memory of Brandi Thomas.

Thomas was a student at Meigs High School when she died in 2002 as a result of injuries sustained in a automobile accident. As Thomas was a member of the cross country and track teams at Meigs, a scholarship was created in her memory to provide academic scholarships to graduates who have participated in the sports.

In addition to the race, information tables were set up at the race regarding organ donation. Quilts were on display with quilt squares depicting numerous organ donors, including Thomas and Matthew Ault who was also a Meigs student when he passed away 20 years ago.

2016 Keep Your Fork 5K results

Overall winners

Male — Jared Kennedy (19:57); Hunter Parsons (20:18); Cole Betzing (20:32).

Female — Holly DeLong (23:03); Jess Cook (23:44); Taylor Parker (24:09).

6 -13 Age Group

Male — Tyler Hill (29:03); Brycen Smith (43:25); Gavin Lind (43:27); Braydin Thomas (47:03); Ethan Stewart (61:51).

Female — Emma Johnson (32:53); Taylor Barnes (39:50); Addi Well (40:00); Aspen Barnes (42:54); Claire Howard (43:37).

14-17 Age Group

Male — Andrew Monroe (22:06); Colton Heater (22:46); Michael Letson (27:41); Cole Hoffman (29:16); Jesse Chapman (52:55).

Female — Drew Humphreys (25:12); Sky Brown (29:07); Peyton Humphreys (29:14); Carmen Doherty (30:33); Brianna Zirkle (40:47).

18-22 Age Group

Male — Jacob Swindell (21:14); Jake Roush (22:42); Justin Bush (31:20); Cody Hanning (38:02).

Female — Gracie Hoffman (25:08); Lara Perrin (26:46); Haley Kennedy (28:28); Emma Perrin (29:12); Kayla Graham (32:48).

23-29 Age Group

Male — Conor Lind (25:14); Crockett Crow (30:21); Andrew O’Bryant (34:47); Nathan Jeffers (37:41); Jonathan Borton (39:23).

Female — Jennifer Lackey (26:32); Katie Williams (30:24); Shellie Bailey (32:47); Darcy Lind (34:05); Cheryl O’Bryant (35:40).

30-39 Age Group

Male — Jered Hill (22:41); Wes Sanders (24:25); James Stanley (29:01); Ryan Well (33:51), Jeremy Roush (34:54).

Female — Bobbi Owen (24:23); Heidi DeLong (25:13); Carrie Chancey (30:08); Mindy Bradford; Katie Jeffers.

40-49 Age Group

Male — Brandon Newton (25:31); Brian Roush (26:18); Brent Miller (26:40); Nick King (32:22); Brian Howard (43:39).

Female — Heather Humphreys (27:16); Amy Perrin (29:32); Monica Turner (32:20); Molly Miller (33:18); Tara Newton (35:32).

50-59 Age Group

Male — Tony Mollica (24:32); Don Tillis (25:35); David Hoffman (25:47); Jim Freeman (28:22); Jimmer Soulsby (30:09).

Female — Anna Vanderlaan (29:20); Gina Tillis (34:20); Pat Letson (35:58); Kathi Hanning (38:06); Patty Aldridge (40:43).

60 and over Age Group

Male — William Condee (23:31); Cecil Snow (27:50); Barry Boyer (28:13); Jerry Well (29:22); Gale Shrimplin (38:52).

Female — Deborah Grueser (35:29); Connie Halley (40:38); Francie Shrimplin (55:10); Dinah Stewart (56:42); Barb Crow (58:33).

A total of 170 participants took part in the Keep Your Fork 5K which benefits the Brandi Thomas Memorial Scholarship.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2016/12/web1_12.04-Keep-your-fork-11.jpgA total of 170 participants took part in the Keep Your Fork 5K which benefits the Brandi Thomas Memorial Scholarship. Sarah Hawley/Sentinel

Top finishers in the 2016 Keep Your Fork 5K were (left to right) Hunter Parsons, second place male; Jared Kennedy, first place male; Taylor Parker, third place female; Jess Cook, second place female; Holly Delong, first place female. Absent from photo: Cole Betzing, third place male.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2016/12/web1_12.04-Keep-Your-Fork-2.jpgTop finishers in the 2016 Keep Your Fork 5K were (left to right) Hunter Parsons, second place male; Jared Kennedy, first place male; Taylor Parker, third place female; Jess Cook, second place female; Holly Delong, first place female. Absent from photo: Cole Betzing, third place male. Submitted photo
Winners announced for annual race

By Sarah Hawley

shawley@civitasmedia.com