Annual Rickman/Brown 5K a Success

Thursday, October 17, 2013
A group of walkers from the third annual Rickman/Brown Memorial 5K event held Saturday in Piggott. Shortly after this photo was taken rain began to fall, providing for a wet but successful fundraiser.

Despite a fall thundershower, a group of more than 120 participated in the third annual Rickman/Brown 5K Memorial Run Saturday, Oct.12. And in the process, over $2,300 was raised to help fund juvenile diabetes research. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Mohawk Basketball Booster Club and the South Thornton Street Church of Christ, is held each fall in memory of former Piggott students Matthew Brown and Erica Rickman. Brown, a student at PES, and Rickman, a former Lady Mohawk standout athlete, both lost heroic battles with cancer and left lasting impressions on those they left behind.

The first Rickman/Brown 5K Memorial Run was held in 2011 to benefit the family of Brown, and last year proceeds were earmarked toward construction of a trophy case in the PHS gym in memory of the two former students. This year the beneficiary was the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Serving as poster boys for the event were two PES students, Tucker Dunlap and Tyler Warbritton, who were both diagnosed with the disease in 2012.

Under the threat of rain this year's participants lined-up in the parking lot of the South Thornton Street Church of Christ, and began the five kilometer, or 3.1 mile, event.

A steady to heavy rain began to fall early in the run, but the conditions did not hamper members of the Piggott Mohawk Cross Country team as they took top honors.

First place went to Lee Austin with a time of 22:44, while Colton Hardin took second with a time of 23:18 and Brady McPherson was right on his heels with a time of 23:19. Lady Mohawk Georgina Bautista was the first among the women finishers, at a time of 28 minutes flat. Meanwhile her teammates, Destiny Hall and Ashley Grissom also had good times. First among the bicycle riders was Micha Harrell.

Organizers offered their thanks to all the participants, corporate sponsors and those who donated to the cause.

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