Seven Harford Countians completed a unique running challenge Sunday in Orlando, Fla., the Dopey Challenge.
They were among 50,000 runners who entered the 21st Annual Walt Disney World Marathon festival, which for the first time included four races.
About 6,000 of those runners earned Dopey Challenge medals for finishing all four races - a 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon over a four-day period.
Charles Haugh of Street was the fastest among the seven Harford runners completing the 48.6-mile series. He finished the 26.2-mile finale through the four Disney theme parks in 4:45:03 for a total running time of 8 hours, 30 minutes.
Nadine Cumberland of Fallston completed the four runs in 9 hours, 28 minutes; Eric Hoffman of Abingdon, 9 hours, 28 minutes; Regina Hoffman, 10 hours, 17 minutes; Angela Ward of Forest Hill, 9 hours, 46 minutes; Jennifer Nevin of Bel Air, 9 hours, 49 minutes; and Amy Coffin of Bel Air, 12 hours, 7 minutes.
Twenty Harford runners were part of the record field of 26,000 in Sunday's marathon. The first Harford finishers were Mark Unger of Darlington, who ran 3:53:19, and Cumberland, 4:28:41.
On Saturday morning, 25,000 ran the half marathon, for which Disney character Donald Duck was the official starter. Daniel Walters of Bel Air was the first among 27 Harford finishers in the 13.1-mile event in 2:03:34.
Unger also ran the half marathon and in doing so completed the Goofy Challenge for the two longest races, billed as "39.3 miles of fun." Jill Slattery of Bel Air was also among the 10,300 Goofy-Challenge finishers.
The two challenges are named for Disney characters, with Dopey and Goofy being the characters most closely associated with long-distance running.
North Bend 6.5-Mile Race
The RASAC Snowflake Series of local races continued Sunday with the North Bend 6.5-mile race in snowflake-free weather in Jarrettsville. Juantonio Rivera won the men's race, leading a field of 50. Linda Melvin won the women's.
Rivera completed the hilly course in 41:44 to finish 1:52 ahead of Jerry Henderson. Kirk Ingold placed third in 46:11. Rob Bartholomew was fourth in 46:27 and Rob Stevenson, fifth in 46:44.
Melvin ran 50:05 to win by a quarter mile over Jeanette Goetz, 51:49. Christine Trzcinski, 54:14; Andi Miller, 56:47; and Heather Thompson, 56:56, completed the women's top five.
Jan. 18 – Freeze Your Buns Run 5K, Anne Arundel Community College, 10 a.m., http://www.charmcityrun.com.
Jan. 19 – RASAC Rock Run Grist Mill 10K, Susquehanna State Park, 8 a.m., http://www.runharford.com.
Jan. 26 – RASAC Fox 5K, Foxborough Drive, Bel Air, 8 a.m., http://www.runharford.com.