He just ran away from Jones County High School’s Hunter Kimball in the final mile to set a new course record of 17:32.4 in winning the 11th annual Daylily Dash 5K race.
But Kimball, who set the pace for the first half of the race, didn’t fold after being passed by Trick. He finished second at 17:46.9, also bettering the old course record by 42 seconds.
Trick won last year’s Daylily Dash while wearing a full gorilla suit, complete with rubber and fur mask, as a dare with his running club. He finished the 3.1-mile course from Gray Elementary into town and back with a time of 19:24 on a hot and humid night.
But a rainstorm an hour before this year’s race, which kept the turnout down to 108 registered runners, and more rain that started just before the leading runners finished, lowered the heat and times. Race director Buddy Davis said the 77-degree temperature was the coolest ever for the race.
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