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Runners taking part in the Darren Dash's half marathon leave the starting line during Saturday morning.
Runners taking part in the Darren Dash's half marathon leave the starting line during Saturday morning.

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Running for Darren

Published 11:18am Monday, May 13, 2013

Memorial run draws 280 runners

About 70 volunteers and 280 runners took on the wind Saturday for the second annual Darren Dash half marathon, 5K and kiddie run.

Peter Torkelson won the men’s half marathon, and Shelley Thompson won the women’s half marathon. Eric Overby took the men’s 5K, and Kimberly Case won the women’s 5K.

Runners head through Driesner Park during the half-marathon portion of the Darren Dash Saturday morning.
Runners head through Driesner Park during the half-marathon portion of the Darren Dash Saturday morning.

The races, which are held in memory of Austin’s Darren Lewis and raise money for Desperate Tears, had good turnouts, said Scott Lewis, Darren’s brother. Despite the cool, windy weather, there were just 37 fewer runners than last year.

Among funds for Desperate Tears — an organization that raises awareness for suicide prevention — proceeds will also go toward Austin High School and Pacelli Catholic cross country runners. Lewis said about 20 area businesses also sponsored the race.

Total funds raised were not yet available.


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