At the race for a reason
By Nick Nunn
Last Saturday, the Madison Fire Department held the seventh annual Firefighters’ Fall 5K and 10.2K.
According to Tim Carter, Madison fire chief, a total of 191 runners competed in the races.
One hundred thirty-four runners registered for the races prior to Saturday, and an additional 57 entered the morning of the competition.
The entry fees for the race were $20 if they were paid before October 3, and $25 dollars afterward up to race day.
This year, all of the proceeds are going towards funding a vocational scholarship in memory of Bill Cochran, who passed away earlier this year.
“Bill served on the Madison Fire Department for over 30 years and was committed to the fire department, his community, and, most especially, his family,” said Carter.
Bill Cochran’s daughter, Mary Ann, described the scholarship that the race will fund in her father’s name.
“The proceeds go toward a scholarship in memory of my dad to a graduating student from MCHS who is going to a technical school,” she said.
“My dad went to a technical school and was a custom cabinet designer and builder. Being a tradesman himself, he was always supportive of young men and women learning a trade or a technical skill, as his job brought him great success and great pleasure.”
Zach Stone, a member of the MCHS Cross Country team, came in first overall in the 5K race with a time of 17 minutes and 51.5 seconds.
Another runner for the Cross Country team, Wyatt Howard, placed first in the 10.2K, running the race in 39 minutes and 2.7 seconds.
Printed in the October 18, 2012 edition