McALESTER — They crowded between two tackling dummies in the parking lot behind Butler-Jennings Field on Friday, anxiously awaiting the starting horn. When it finally went off, 127 racers burst off the starting line and jogged down Qualla Street.
The inaugural Miner Football Friday Night Lights 5K had begun.
The 3.1-mile route took runners past Catholic Park, down Cherokee Avenue and over to the baseball and softball fields on Jupiter Road. Runners then turned down Apollo Street and onto Chickasaw Avenue before entering the stadium and finishing at about the 50-yard-line on the concrete track ringing the field.
Marcus Tubbs. a 43-year-old from Wilburton, crossed first, finishing in 21 minutes, 26.3 seconds. He earned a plaque commemorating his overall first place, plus a gold medal for winning the men’s 40-44 age group.
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