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The Suburbanite
  • First Mad Hatter 5K deemed success

  • Nearly 175 runners registered and ran in the first Mad Hatter 5K that started and finished at Manchester High School.

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  • Madness invaded New Franklin Sept. 14 in the form of outrageous hats and determined runners.
    Nearly 175 runners registered and ran in the first Mad Hatter 5K that started and finished at Manchester High School. The race was named Mad Hatter because racers were encouraged to break out their silliest head wear for the event.
    At 9 a.m., participants took off to conquer the course that sent them around the city limits. Some ran, others decided to walked, but all enjoyed their experience.
    “We were super happy with it,”said Doug Knipp, who acted as the director of the race.  “It was very successful. … Everybody had a good time.”
    In the end, it was Kevin Noble who crossed the finish line first. He completed the course with a time of 19.14.6.
    On the women’s side, Sabrina Donatelli finished first (third overall) with a time of 20.12.3.
    The under 14 champion was Michael Mundy.
    The race raised money for the Manchester Education Foundation which was created to support students in the Manchester school district. The group has already rewarded three $500 scholarships to local students.
    The Manchester Education Foundation is in its first year of existence, but Knipp said that he has been pleased with the outcome thus far.
    “The Mad Hatter race was one of our (first fundraising) ideas,” Knipp said. “It was great.”