First Night kicks off with 5k

Wednesday, December 31, 2008 | 4:58 p.m. CST; updated 11:59 a.m. CST, Thursday, January 1, 2009

COLUMBIA — A 5K run/walk kicked off Columbia’s First Night celebration at 4 p.m. Wednesday, starting at Flat Branch Park and finishing at CyclExtreme. The race had 256 runners of all ages, according to race organizers.

Matt Dreier, 33, was the male winner with a time of 16:37. Nicole Mello, 13, was the female winner with a time of 18:20. Both had participated in the event before.

For some, the race was purely about being outside and getting some exercise. Kelly Smith, 32, ran the 5k for a second straight year.

“It keeps me motivated to have things to work towards,” Smith said. And then added with a laugh, “It also helps burn off some holiday calories.”


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M L January 1, 2009 | 10:02 a.m.

The leader for this story probably should not say that Kelley Smith won the womans race when Nicole Mello actually won.

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Seth Smith January 1, 2009 | 11:45 a.m.

Actually--if you read the article with a bit more care, you see "Nicole Mello, 13, was the female winner with a time of 18:20" in the second paragraph. The quote from Kelly Smith, near the end of the article, is purely a perspective from one of the recreational runners in the race, who were the vast majority of the participants.

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M L January 1, 2009 | 12:00 p.m.

actually I was talking about the leader (the blurb on the front page) which mistakenly said that Kelley Smith won.

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M L January 1, 2009 | 12:03 p.m.

fyi, it is now fixed.

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Kelly Smith January 1, 2009 | 12:09 p.m.

Wow. Sorry to steal your spotlight, Nicole, but that's probably the closest I'll ever come to winning a 5k! Too bad I missed it.

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