Over 2,500 Compete in OUC Half Marathon And 5K
Eric Walker of Lakeland, Fla. won the 2006 OUC Half Marathon, which wound through the streets of Orlando’s scenic downtown area, starting and finishing at Lake Eola Park. Jamison Fisher of Winter Park, Fla. won the Women’s Open division of the race, while Jason Spence of _ and Katy Radkewich of Orlando won their respective gender divisions in the 2006 OUC 5K. Just over 2,500 racers completed one of the two races, held on Saturday, Dec. 2.
Walker, a 21-year-old, bested all others in the Men’s Open division by more than two minutes. Paul Nielsen of Orlando and Nick Gehlsen of Daytona Beach finished a minute apart in second and third place, respectively, and Steve Mandel of Temple Terrace and Jason Minor of Daytona Beach rounded out the top five.
In the Women’s Open division, Fisher edged Maite Moscosco of Altamonte Springs by just over 90 seconds. Orlando’s Sarah Robertson, Winter Park’s Kathy Gagnier and West Point, NY’s Riva Johnson finished second, third and fourth.
In the 5K race, Spence bested Timothy Horn of Orlando by just four seconds. Zach Winchester of Chattanooga, TN, Marc Bonnet-Eymard of Winter Garden and Yancey Palmer of Fort Myers rounded up the top five of the Men’s Open division. Radkewich had a larger lead in the Women’s division. Judi Isaccson of Winter Park, Yvette Anderson of Ocoee, Arlicia Adkins of Seffner and Helen Cox of New Smyrna Beach completed the women’s top five.
After the race, all competitors – some who traveled from as far away as Japan – were treated to the Finish Line Fiesta celebration, featuring music and a beer garden presented by Budweiser.
Full, searchable race results can be found via TrackShack at the links below. In addition, race photos are now available through BB Action Photo, and can be found at the link to the right of this article.