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Chill doesn't take fun from run

Pumpkin Run draws typical mix of racers, costumed folks

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Wearing a costume designed to make him look like he's riding piggyback, Derrick Long takes part in the Great Pumpkin Run with his daughter Delaney, 7. Cold, rainy weather didn't detract from the light-hearted spirit of Grandview's annual race, held Saturday, Oct. 27.

There were no hard feelings Saturday, Oct. 27, between the top finishers in the 2012 Great Pumpkin Run.

Ohio State University cross-country teammates Evan Schwartz and Steve Weaver tied for first place among male runners in the 5K race, with another OSU teammate, Scott LaVoy, finishing just behind them.

Audrey Larrimer finished in first place among female runners, just ahead of her friend and former high school track teammate Kara Stearns.

The OSU runners were competing in the Pumpkin Run ahead of the Big 10 championships, held Sunday, Oct. 28, in East Lansing, Mich.

"We came in wanting to win this race," said Schwartz, a red-shirt freshman who attended Whetstone High School.

Weaver, an OSU freshman from Napoleon, said he was pleased with his and Schwartz's time of 15:34, given the cold and rainy weather.

"It was a little tough out there," he said. "The course was slick in some places."

"It's a great event because of the people along the route cheering you on," Schwartz said. "That always helps."

Larrimer earned the top time among females with her 18:04 run. Stearns was close behind with a time of 18:20.

Larrimer said she and Stearns, both Columbus residents, frequently cover the Pumpkin Run route during the runs they regularly go on together.

"I love to run in Grandview because there are so many beautiful homes and trees," she said. "I think it helps to have such nice scenery as you run."

This year marks the second time Larrimer has competed in the Pumpkin Run.

"I entered the race when I was 13," she said. "They used to have pumpkins lining part of the route."

Just as they do when going out on a run, the pair spent most of Saturday's race running together, Stearns said.

"It's fun to run with a friend and encourage each other," she said.

The poor weather conditions were not a big problem, Stearns said.

"It just made it more of an adventure," she said.