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Four-time Red Mule Runners Club Labor Day 5K champion wins race again

The Red Mule Runners Club had its 30th annual Labor Day 5K on Saturday at McKethan Lake Park, north of Brooksville. Winners were crowned in 31 divisions, including overall men's and women's champions.

Jacki Wachtel, 32, is no stranger to success in this cross-country trek, and she took first in the women's division with a time of 19 minutes, 54 seconds. The Pasco-Hernando Community College cross-country coach has won this event five times since 2004, but until this year the New Port Richey resident had yet to win in an odd-numbered year or in back-to-back years.

Last season, she won with a time of 17:46, but didn't enter in 2009. In 2008, she also ran the course in 17:46. She won the title in 2006 (17:51), but came in second in 2005. In 2004, she took the title in 18:39.

Laura Drake, 42, was the highest local finisher. The Brooksville resident came in fourth overall (21:17). Springstead High's Tiam Newton, 14, placed sixth overall (22:12).

Gregory DeWitt, 18, crossed the line first overall on the men's side. The Crystal River resident took only 16:55 to run the course. This was DeWitt's first time running in the event.

The highest local men's finisher was Cody Van Natter of Brooksville, who finished fourth (17:44). Van Natter is a junior cross-country runner at Nature Coast Technical High. He placed eighth overall in the race last year with a time of 17:35.

Dunnellon's Malcolm Anderson was the oldest runner to complete the course. The 86-year-old finished the 3.1-mile run in 49:16 to finish third in the men's 75-and-over age group behind Phil Radford (35:46) and Oliver DeWitt (39:43). Radford, 79, is from The Villages; DeWitt, 81, lives in Dade City.

BROOKSVILLE CYCLING CLASSIC: Planning for the 2011 Brooksville Cycling Classic, scheduled for Oct. 15-16, is under way, and the next meeting will take place at 2 p.m. Friday at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

The committee will discuss the downtown festivities scheduled for Oct. 15 as well as the road race throughout the county on Oct. 16. Tim Molyneaux, race operator from Top View Sports, will be on hand to answer questions.

Refreshments will be available. The committee hopes to have representatives from all city, county and volunteer groups.

For information, call Laura DeWitt at (352) 585-3805.

ALZHEIMER'S CHARITY GOLF: The Alzheimer's Family Organization, which serves Hernando, Pasco, Citrus and other counties on the Suncoast, will have its 11th annual Charity Golf Tournament on Nov. 12 at Seven Springs Country Club in New Port Richey.

Registration is scheduled for 6:30 a.m.; breakfast will be provided by IHOP. The shotgun start is set for 8 a.m., with lunch provided by Argento's Italian Bistro at the conclusion of play. The tournament is 18 holes with a four-person scramble format.

There will be awards for the top three teams, as well additional prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin and a hole-in-one (a car provided by Ed Morse Auto Plaza). Full Circle Financial is sponsoring a putting contest, with a chance to win $10,000.

The registration fee is $80 per player. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For information, call Kathy Montero at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free 1-888-496-8004.

REALTORS GOLF OUTING: The Hernando County Association of Realtors is sponsoring a golf outing Sept. 17 at Seven Hills Golf Club in Spring Hill. The event will include chances to win money and other prizes. The entry fee is $40 per golfer, which cost includes a cart, greens fees, lunch and other activities.

For information, call Barbara Hahn at (352) 279-2279 or John Sullivan at (352) 428-1383. Interested parties can also stop by the Realtors office at 7321 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.

KIWANIS GOLF: Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville will be hosting the sixth annual Kiwanis of Spring Hill Children's Charity Golf Invitational on Sept. 28.

Kiwanis has chosen the First Tee of Brooksville as the charity that will benefit from this year's tournament. The First Tee organization strives to make a positive impact on the lives of young people through the game of golf.

Registration is scheduled for 11 a.m., when refreshments will be served. The shotgun start is set for 1 p.m., with a buffet dinner, awards ceremony and silent auction at the conclusion of play.

The registration fee is $110 per player or $400 per foursome. The deadline is Sept. 16.

For information, call Dennis McKenna at (352) 584-7023, ext. 25, or visit

SPRING HILL DIXIE SOFTBALL: Spring Hill Dixie Softball will have registration for the fall season at Anderson Snow Park on Saturday.

League officials will be at the park for signups, and volunteers will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Player evaluations will be Sept. 6. Registration will also take place then for an additional $10 late fee.

The fee is $75 per player from ages 9 to 18. Ages 8 and under cost $65 unless the player is moving up from the Darlings division.

For information, contact Glenn Primavera at (352) 442-1957 or at

CATHOLIC CHARITIES GOLF: Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks will be host the seventh annual Catholic Charities Golf Tournament on Oct. 28.

The event will benefit the building of the Arnold Andrews Northern Counties Service Center, which will serve the residents of Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.

Registration is scheduled for 7 a.m., when coffee and doughnuts will be served. The shotgun start is set for 8 a.m., with a buffet lunch at the conclusion of play.

There will be prizes awarded for holes in one, including a 2011 Buick-GMC, courtesy of Rick Matthews; a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, courtesy of Crystal River Harley-Davidson; and a golf cart, courtesy of Country Club Cars of Brooksville.

The registration fee is $60 per player. Sponsorship opportunities are available until Oct. 20.

For information, call Abby Evert at (352) 686-9897, ext. 25.

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at or (352) 584-6337.

Four-time Red Mule Runners Club Labor Day 5K champion wins race again 08/30/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 5:45pm]
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