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Preteen tops Kiwanis runners
Races benefit local childrens home
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More than 50 people participated in the Dawson County Kiwanis Club 5/10K runs May 7 in downtown Dawsonville. - photo by Michele Hester Dawson Community News

After three months of training, Meredith Edwards was pretty happy with her first place finish in the Dawson County Kiwanis Club Thunder Road 10K race May 7.


“It wasn’t bad at all,” the 10-year-old from Cumming said after the race.


In her second 10K, Edwards time trumped her dad’s time by more than 20 seconds.


“He runs and I started running, because I wanted to be able to run together,” she said.


More than 50 people took to the streets for the club’s annual event, which also included a 5K run.


The Dawson County High School cross country team was well represented as Jonathan Erickson and Morgan Collette each took home first place finishes in the 5K event.


“This is a fun race I wanted to do,” said Erickson. “It’s relatively flat. I’ve actually ran worse than that running cross country through town.”


Collette said she had hoped for a quicker time, but will take her 24:20 first place in the women’s division.


“I wanted to do a little bit better overall, but I was happy,” she said. “I wouldn’t mind being in the 23s.”


The race also brought out a number of first-time 5K competitors, who were awarded with plaques for their efforts.


Proceeds from the event benefit several Kiwanis Club sponsored children’s charities, including the Rainbow Children’s Home.


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