RUSSELL Scott Hamm and Dru Bora unwrapped early Father’s Day gifts on Saturday morning in Russell.

The presents came in the form of footsteps on pavement.

Asha Bora stayed strides ahead of her dad as the 15-year-old was the 42nd annual Run By The River’s first female 5K finisher. The Hurricane High School sophomore-to-be completed 3.1 miles in a personal-record 19:28.

Seth Hamm, 10, wasn’t far behind his old man. The Coal Grove student, who just concluded his fifth-grade year, was third place overall at 20:03.

Scott Hamm (18:09) was a convincing winner, achieving his goal of staying in the “low-18s.”

Chesapeake’s Eddie Neel won the 10K with a time of 37:03. Tara Schneider was the first female to cross the 10K finish line at 45:10.

Schneider, of Willow Wood, Ohio, heads a running club of which Seth Hamm is part. He’s been racing since third grade.

“I was just seeing everybody else running and stuff, and I wanted to do it,” said Seth, who ran at a blistering 6:28/mile pace.

Hamm and Hamm repeated as father-son champions in the downtown-Russell event.

The Boras duo participated in Kentucky’s longest continuously operated road race for the first time.

“Now that track season’s over, we wanted to kinda get a feel for the 5K races again because (Asha) will be doing 5Ks for cross country,” Dru Bora said. “Her coach said, ‘Let’s try to get a fast 5K before the season starts,’ and this was a good one.”

Temperatures hovered in the 60s on Saturday morning. Tim Gearhart, the race’s director, said it’s rained only twice in the race’s 42 years. Rain fell around 7 a.m., but it cleared up by the time runners took off.

“I think it was perfect. A couple of sprinkles would’ve been nice,” Dru Bora said with a laugh.

Dru Bora began running 10 years ago at age 40.

“I was just doing it for personal fitness,” he said. “Then I started getting more competitive, then I just threw (Asha) in one with me and saw, hey, she may have something here. She definitely had good form and potential.”

It’s typically even more of a family affair for the Hamms. Scott’s wife, Katie, and their daughter, Laura, participated last June.

“(Laura) qualified for the middle school state track meet in Ohio, so I made her take a couple weeks off,” Scott said.

Seth shaved nearly two whole minutes off his 2018 result.

“We’re trying to get him in the 19s,” Scott said. “In Ohio, his goal in October will be 2-mile races. He’ll have to be in the 11-minute range to compete.”

Seth can’t suit up for Coal Grove’s middle school team until 2020, when he’s in seventh grade. He has been training six days a week and also plays basketball twice a week in the Shawnee League, said Scott.

Overall, 91 people tackled the flat course. Participants included four 5K walkers, 53 5K runners and 34 10Kers. Ages ranged from 8-78.

Asha Bora said, “I really like the sense of community,” when it comes to running circles. Saturday’s event featured several familiar faces.

One of them — 60-year-old Bill Musick, of Westwood — ran in his 1,044th competitive race.

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Saturday’s results

10K run

1. Eddie Neel (Chesapeake) 37:03; 2. Tyler Evans (Portsmouth) 40:37; 3. Neil Johnson (Proctorville) 41:32; 4. Craig Lands (Lucasville) 42:43; 5. Nolan Sabotchick (Greenup) 43:00; 6. Tara Schneider (Willow Wood) 45:10; 7. Greg Lands (Lucasville) 45:34; 8. Charles May (Huntington) 45:43; 9. Tim Bailey (Owingsville) 46:14; 10. Greg McFarlin (Ashland) 46:36.

11. Bret Masters (Prichard) 46:54; 12. Elijah Neel (Ashland) 47:13; 13. David Rann (Ironton) 47:47; 14. Rocky Lucas (Charleston) 49:13; 15. Ava Kazee (Ashland) 49:38; 16. Emily Sizemore (Ashland) 50:14; 17. Patrick Whitt (Pedro) 51:06; 18. Tammy Black (Chesapeake) 54:15; 19. Amy Kline (New Plymouth) 54:19; 20. Bill Musick (Ashland) 55:06.

21. Nick Russell (Grayson) 56:28; 22. Kristy Turley (Greenup) 57:11; 23. Bryan Ashe (Ashland) 58:59; 24. Paul Seasor (Ashland) 59:35; 25. J.C. Brown (Flatwoods) 1:00:53; 26. Julie Crum (Ashland) 1:01:28; 27. Leah Wheeler (Ashland) 1:03:29; 28. Jim Moore (Ashland) 1:10:47; 29. Michael Thompson (South Point) 1:12:33; 30. J.D. Brewster (Orma) 1:14:58.

31. Duane Davis (Huntington) 1:25:59; 32. Alan Osuch (Ashland) 1:27:51; 33. Stephen Ginsburg (Ironton) 1:30:45; 34. Jennifer Bayes (Flatwoods) 1:34:36.

5K run

1. Scott Hamm (South Point) 18:09; 2. Asha Bora (Hurricane) 19:28; 3. Seth Hamm (South Point) 20:03; 4. Randall Watts (Garner) 21:01; 5. Dru Bora (Hurricane) 21:21. 6. Jeff England (Ashland) 21:34; 7. Tommy Dalton (Pedro) 22:01; 8. Kyle Dickess (South Point) 22:02; 9. Chris Griffith (Ashland) 22:06; 10. Anthony Fraley (Russell) 22:13.

11. Lanny Fraley (Ashland) 22:14; 12. Ron Simpson (Russell) 23:41; 13. Tanya Queen (Ashland) 24:30; 14. Shawn Tolle (Owingsville) 25:00; 15. Bill Dalton (Pedro) 25:31; 16. Aaron Pridemore (Flatwoods) 25:32; 17. Brian Thompson (Ashland) 25:32; 18. Mark Daniels (Raceland) 25:36; 19. John McGuire (Catlettsburg) 25:40; 20. Joshua Hunt (South Point) 25:43.

21. Nancy Miller (Ashland) 26:17; 22. Daryl Kinch (Lesage) 26:47; 23. Larry Royster (Ashland) 27:49; 24. Brad Markins (Ironton) 27:56; 25. Todd Fox (Huntington) 27:59; 26. Stephanie Dickess (South Point) 28:28; 27. Gina Bush (Ashland) 28:55; 28. Greg Ervin (Jackson) 29:09; 29. Erin Filatreau (Lexington) 29:43; 30. Lisa Pridemore (Flatwoods) 29:52.

31. Kevin Black (Chesapeake) 29:52; 32. Jim Cremeans (Ironton) 30:41; 33. Robin Callihan (Greenup) 31:05; 34. Sam Robinette (Ashland) 31:14; 35. Glenda Blevins (South Shore) 31:32; 36. Russ Sommers (Portsmouth) 31:47; 37. Dylan Ball (Greenup) 32:02; 38. James Barker (Kitts Hill) 32:10; 39. Amanda Ratcliff (Russell) 32:56; 40. Jeremy Ratcliff (Russell) 32:58.

41. Kyle Hankins (Ironton) 33:04; 42. Kevin Willis (Ironton) 33:18; 43. Kerri Thornburg (Ashland) 33:23; 44. April Hall (Ashland) 33:49; 45. Cecelia Gaynor (Ashland) 35:10; 46. Heather Trimble (Ashland) 35:24; 47. Linda Jenkins (Huntington) 35:45; 48. Thomas Jordan (Huntington) 39:56; 49. Karson Tolle (Owingsville) 41:27; 50. Inga Brewster (Orma) 41:48.

51. Rose Conley (Greenup) 47:44; 52. Brian Hancock (Ashland) 50:00; 53. Patrick Gaynor (Ashland) 51:19.

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