COVINGTON - New records were set Saturday in the 26th Covington Fuzz Run with Kirchirchir Kimitel of Kennesaw and Janet Cherobon of Rome winning the men's and women's races.
Cherobon broke the old record she previously set in 2005 by more than a minute, finishing in 16 minutes, 41 seconds to break her old record of 17:44.
Kimitel shaved six seconds off the old record of 14:46 set by Michael Green of Atlanta in 2007.
"This (is) just part of the training," Kimitel said. "I run about 16 miles a day."
Although this is the first time Kimitel has run the event, he plans on running it again.
"It was a good event even though it wasn't very challenging," he said. I started the race in front and led the whole way. I just wish there were more hills and turns."
Cherobon knew she was running at a good pace even though she didn't realize it was good enough to set the course record.
"I just ran fast and pushed myself. I knew I was running fast. I just didn't know how fast," she said.
Winning is nothing new for the former eight-time Division II All-American and three-time national champion at Harding University in Arkansas. She is also very competitive in half and full marathons.
Cherobon recently won and set a new personal time running the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon in Indianapolis with a time of 1:12.22.
Regardless of where she runs, she always likes coming back to Covington.
"I love the way it's organized," Cherobon said. "It's a very well-organized event."
Jeffrey Darudes won the men's masters division, while Greg Chapman was the fastest in the men's law enforcement division.
The top three for men's law enforcement included Sgt. Sylvester Simmons and Larry Wigington.
In the women's race, Joan Walls took the top spot in the masters, former Newton soccer player Kaylen Krueger won the female law enforcement division, followed by Dana Mullins and Carol Westbrook-Porter.
Winners in the men's age groups were John Hart (8-and-under), Jallah Galimah (9-11), Seth Banks (12-14), Dentavins Wright (15-19), Josh Byrd (20-24), Bill Moss (25-29), Sammy Myamongo (30-34), Dan Lavorgna (35-39), David Woods (40-44), David Bennett (45-49), Paul Bryant (50-54), Mel Garber (55-59), Gary Godfrey (60-64), Don Perkins (65-69), Michael McCool (70-74) and Marvin Bowen (75-and-over).
Winning in the women's age groups were Megan Samples (8-and-under), Brittany Samples (9-11), Morgan White (12-14), Jennifer Mobley (15-19), Rosey Glidewell (20-24), Jennifer Feenstra (25-29), Kelly Cameron (30-34), Cayla Zon (35-39), Lana Therbold (40-44), Elizabeth Volz (45-49), Parletle Crabb (50-54), Diane Glidewell (55-59), Linda Naples (60-64), Barbara Eugellendt (65-69) and Virginia Dunsmore (70-74).
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