CANYON CITY ­- Brent Labhart and Omar Medina got out of the gates quickly and held on to finish first and second at the annual Gold Rush Run June 6.

Labhart, 16, of John Day was the overall winner with a time of 18:31. Medina finished just seconds behind.

"It was pretty tough, especially the hills," Labhart said.

In all, 64 runners and walkers competed in the event.

"That is the best total we've had," race director Hugh Snook said. "We continue to grow each year."

Brianna Murphy-Johnston was the first female finisher, clocking in with a time of 23:34. Labhart and Murphy-Johnston earned commemorative silver dollars as the first male and female finishers.

Also taking home silver dollars were Barry Dew of Baker City and Melanie Leckenby. Dew was the first male finisher age 40 and over, and Leckenby was the first female finisher under age 40.

Event participants ranged from 6-year-old Emerson Woomer of Canyon City to 84-year-old Myra Jacobs of Tucson, Ariz.

Two sets of young twins traveled the course as well. Twins Addison and Isabelle, age 5 weeks, were carried by their parents Eric and Amy Reed of John Day. One-year-old twins Owyhee and McKenzie Harguess, rode in a baby jogger pushed by their mother Rhonda Harguess.

Father Adrian Harguess ran the course just seconds behind the winner and placed third overall.

The event was sponsored by Whisky Gulch Gang and the Strawberry Striders running group. Doug Smith, Charol Smith, Tammy Bremner, Karen Jacobs and Hans Magden all volunteered at the event.

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