Nearly 250 athletes flooded the Bear Creek Greenway in Medford Saturday morning for the annual Bridge The Gap Run — a fundraiser for Mobility Unlimited — up from 172 entrants last year.
"It's such a great feeling watching people in this economy spend their time and money to support a worthy cause," said event coordinator Chuck Whitley.
Local standout runners controlled the top positions in both the 5K and 10K races.
John Leuthold and Lianna Jenkings won the men's and women's divisions of the 5K, while Erik Skaggs and Jenn Shelton claimed victories in the 10K. Corey Hartgrave won the wheelchair division.
Runners ranged from 5 to 79 years old.
"The best part was the start. I knew I could win/beat a lot of the others," said 7-year-old Enoch Doane, who ran alongside 6-year-old Zebedee Anderson.
For completed results visit www.bridgethegaprun.com/results.php.