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Teens tie for 1st place in Funky 5k

Jen Watkins, Of the Record staff

Connor Gideon and Mason West, members of the Park City High School cross-country team, tied for first place in the 7th annual Funky 5k race on Labor Day. They completed the three-mile race, in tandem, in 17:44.4 minutes.

"They finished arm-in-arm for a tie," Shelley Gillwald, executive director for the Youth WinterSports Alliance said. "Their talents helped take the race to another level."

Gillwald said this was the first time members of the cross-country team participated in the event as part of their training. Both the boys’ and girls’ cross-county teams at PCHS are the defending 3A state champions. The girls are currently ranked number 1 in the state.

"I saw more support from the high school this year," Gillwald said. "That was really exciting for me."

Overall, 260 runners participated in the event that supports the Youth WinterSports Alliance and Art-Kids. Gillwald said the weather was "picture perfect" for the first time in three years.

Runners were encouraged to wear "funky" costumes as they participated in the race. An assortment of prizes were given to those with the "funkiest" costume. Anthony Espizona won the funkiest male contest for dressing as a cow; Billie Glass won funkiest female for dressing as an oompa loompa; and the funkiest centipede team went to The Creeps: Mackenzie Maslowski, Maddie Wood, Lauren Mac Ritchie, Lexi Keim

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