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Record field takes on Red Pepper Run

A record number of racers took on the annual 5K Red Pepper Run Saturday morning.

Race organizer Shelley Shepard said 140 runners completed the race, led by first place male Courtland Buntin, 22, who finished with a strong time of 17:32.3.

About a minute behind was Andrew Nix, 16, who ran a 18:59.3 and Joseph Wiedeman, 17, whoi did a 19:16.7.

The first place female was Genee Meleski, 53, who ran the course in 24:47.5.

The top youth male winner was Franklin County High School runner Josiah Friddle, 14, who finished fifth with a time of 20:48.4. The top youth female was Mae McNeill, 12, who finished with a time of 31:25.3.

The top Master female was Mary Stutzman, 73, who ran a 33:57.8. The top Master male was David Miller, 71, who finished in a time of 31:37.6.

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David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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