Conway’s Carter captures victory at Firefighters 5K

firefighter5kMore than 80 participants traveled from nine different states to compete in the Firefighters 5K Run & Walk on Saturday at The Market Common, but a local man broke the tape first.

Dwayne Carter, a 54-year-old Conway resident, won the South Carolina Firefighters Foundation’s event by crossing the finish line in a time of 18:59. He edged runnerup RJ Cilley (19:20) of New York and third-place male finisher Chase Blackmon (21:20).

Laurie Occhipinti of Post, SC, was third overall and first in the female division with a time of 21:05. Kara Stevall (23:25) of Murrells Inlet and Dawn White (23:55) of North Myrtle Beach rounded out the top three women.

Other division winners included Joanne Santiago of Owings (MB) in Female Master, Robbie McLendon (23:14) of Bishopville, SC in the Male Masters, Resa Akers (31:57) of Orlando, FL in the Girls Division, and Jake Ballew (22:14) of Campobello, SC in the Boys Division.

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