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Story last updated at 2:42 PM on Wednesday, August 31, 2011

'Run for Leo' draws runners, support for tumor foundation

By Lindsay Johnson
Staff writer

No official times were recorded at the Aug. 26 KBay 5K Run for Leo, but Homer's support of healthy youth was well-documented. The second-annual event drew 102 participants, among them 12-year-old Leo Ogle, for whom the race is named. The event raised more than $3,700 for the Children's Tumor Foundation.

"We were able to raise a good amount of money for research for neurofibromatosis, Leo's condition. But it is seeing that many people in one place in his name that has the greatest effect on Leo. It is a visual statement of how much love and support there is for him in this community," Leo's mother and run organizer, Denise Ogle, wrote in an email.

The 5-kilometer course began at the Homer High School track and ended with the sounds of marimba band Zuva at Kachemak Community Center.

Top 10 male finishers were Cory Vierck, Andre Lovett, Josh Vantrease, Connor McCarron, Jake Worsfold, Zach Zimny, Brandon Beachy, Drew Brown, Dan Olson and Matt Clarke. Top 10 female finishers were Aurora Waclawski, Megan Pitzman, Jalee Martushev, Marina Critchett, Cassidy Soistman, Pam Jantzi, Alaine Miller, Mattea Peters, Sophie Ogle and Lindsey Seneff.

Event T-shirts are still available. Call 299-4650, email dogle99@gmail.com or visit www.leosheroes.org to make a donation and receive a shirt.