Fun Run Reigns In The Rain To Start Old Settlers


It seems to always rain at least one day during Old Settlers, but a steady downpour didn’t stop the annual Old Settlers Fun Run and Walk on Saturday, July 31, in Hillsboro.

Twenty-three hardy souls were signed up prior to Saturday’s event, but even more came despite the visit from Mother Nature, with 31 eventually traversing the hilly course that started on Wood Street.

Nathan Potts, Eli Atkins, Isaiah Atkins and Andrew Thomack competed in the newly formed team division and were also the first four finishers, despite being among the final runners to take off in the staggered start.

All four are connected to Greenville University, with Potts (O’Fallon, MO) and the Atkins brothers (Hillsboro) all in their sophomore year at Greenville. Thomack, a Litchfield grad, is an assistant professor of mathematics at the university.

Kristi Sabo would be the first woman to cross the finish line, with a chip time of 31:55.75. Debbie Atkins and Laura Lessman would be the second and third overall in the women’s division, with Lessman running the fastest chip time on the female side at 30:28.42.

In addition to the top finishers, some of the race’s stalwarts were there, like Derek Malloy (who hasn’t missed an Old Settlers race since 1993), Litchfield’s Rick Weatherford and Paul Spinner, who at 77 years old is still pounding the pavement with the best of them.

For the walkers, Lisa Traylor was first, followed by Ross Owens, Mary Brown, Edward Applegate and Tricia Aber.

The race benefits the Montgomery County Cancer Association, who handed out drinks and snacks to the competitors after the race, which was organized by the M&M Multisport Club (


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