4th Annual Christy's Dance in the Park 5K

September 10 2016 - Two veteran runners in races at Taylor's Heritage Park were the fastest finishers in the fourth annual Christy's Dance in the Park 5K Run and Walk. The event raises funds for the Taylor-based charity Christy's Legacy of Hope, which provides support for orphan children worldwide.

Dave Mann of Detroit was the first overall, finishing the 3.1-course in 20 minutes, 53 seconds. It was the first victory at a Heritage Park event for the 55-year-old, who has many age-group medals and top 10 finishes on his resume. Dave works at Chandler Park Charter School in Detroit, where he serves as assistant athletic director and coaches the girls and boys cross country teams and girls basketball teams. While well known statewide for coaching Redford Bishop Borgess to four state championships in girls basketball, Dave's Chandler Park girls cross country team is seeking its sixth straight Charter School Conference championship.

Stephanie DeShano of Taylor was first among female runners in Christy's Dance in the Park for the fourth straight year and placed second overall in 22:04. Stephanie is a friend of event organizer Karen DePriest, who holds the 5K to raise funds Christy's Legacy of Hope, a tribute to her late daughter. Stephanie is an autism proffessional with ASD Kids in Canton who enjoys competing in events that support "good causes." She said she and her 12-member team are training for the Tuff Mudder 12-mile obstacle course race September 17-18 at Michigan International Speedway.

Rounding out the top 10 of Saturday's 5K are Frankie Boyd, 16, of Lincoln Park (23:49); Perry Durham, 29, of Fraser (24:42); Micah Wright, 12, of Dearborn (25:14); Ron Howard, 43, of the Taylor Fire Department (26:36); Cheryl Naylor, 50, of Temperence (27:32); Christie Clancy, 36, of Taylor (27:46); Leah Tewell, 33, of Southgate (27:49); and Ed Wayne, 57, of Dearborn (27:57). 

The next 10 finishers were Ashley Cloutier, 24, of Taylor (28:01); Tammy Witmer, 44, of Dearborn Heights (29:49); Clark Rhoades, 45, of LaSalle (30:31); Warren Copple, 54, of Taylor (30:49); Rene Pare, 60, of Taylor (31:05); Eric Burger, 38, of Monroe (31:22); Dana Van Marter, 33, of Dearborn, 32:29); Christyna Walker, 30, of Lincoln Park (32:37); Tammy Kirk, 42, of Taylor (32:38); and Paul Loeber, 68, of Taylor (33:12).