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Supporters brave snow for Chase Your Shadow race

2/7/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Photos: Lew Stamp
NEW FRANKLIN — More than 160 runners from all over the state gathered on Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, for the fourth annual Chase Your Shadow 5K Run/Walk event held at Portage Lakes State Park.

Among those attending the event were New Franklin resident Scott Shookman and Coventry residents Mike and Sue Sikora, shown at right top, from left, posing alongside the event mascot.

The annual event benefits the Friends of Portage Lakes State Park, which was organized to support and help make improvements at the park. Current projects include a dog park and bird and butterfly gardens.

North Canton resident Roberta Hamilton, pictured at left, celebrated her 50th birthday by participating in the run.

Others came out to support the runners. Shown at right bottom is Deidre Betancourt in a groundhog outfit cheering runners on alongside New Franklin resident and former Summit County Probate Court Judge Todd McKenney, who passed out snacks during the event.

For details on winners, see "Chase Your Shadow runners race to finish."

— By Maria Lindsay

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