Bluffton’s Seth Tucker crossed the line first in the Firecracker 5K on Tuesday morning at Shelter Cove, winning the men’s title in 16 minutes, 31 seconds.
Tucker, 30, beat 18-year-old Cameron Stephens of Sellersburg, Ind., by three seconds.
The women’s title went to 31-year-old Lisa Mulvey of Charlotte, who covered the 5K course in 19:25, 12 seconds ahead of runner-up Sarah Bechtel of Waxhaw, N.C.
Bluffton’s John Tolerton, 47, won the men’s masters title in 18:41, edging Hilton Head Island’s Daniel Mendoza by 21 seconds. Cheryl Hipple of Shippensburg, Pa., was the women’s masters champion in 23:46. In the grand masters division, Dwight Denlinger of Weyers Cave, Va., won the men’s crown in 20:08, while Bluffton’s Lisa Carter was the women’s champion in 25:33.
Other local runners who won their age groups were Hilton Head’s Avery Crowell (M 9-12, 19:19), Bluffton’s Perla Jimenez (F 16-19, 21:52), Hilton Head’s Francisco Ferré (M 20-24, 17:13), Hilton Head’s Martha Griswold (F 25-29, 22:05), Hilton Head’s Lindy Bison (F 35-39, 21:52), Bluffton’s Katherine Rosenblum (F 45-49, 24:33), Bluffton’s Molly Day (F 50-54, 26:11), Hilton Head’s Andy Tedesco (M 60-64, 21:02), Hilton Head’s Bob Hodde (M 65-69, 26:48), Bluffton’s Dean Fleenor (M 70-74, 26:51), Hilton Head’s Jann Denoncourt (F 70-74, 40:50), Bluffton’s John McAndris (M 75-79, 35:30), and Hilton Head’s John Geisler (M 80-99, 44:53).
A total of 1,594 participants turned out for the race, which is billed as Beaufort County’s oldest and largest road race.
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