Local wins 21K trail run

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 10, 2008

By TREY GARMAN / Special to the Reporter

PELHAM – Tony Herndan, 39, from Birmingham, and Mary Rosser, 33, of Columbiana, won the men’s and women’s divisions of the XTERRA Oak Mountain 21K trail run Saturday at Oak Mountain State Park.

Herndan, a pediatric urologic surgeon at Children’s Hospital, had a winning time of 1:26:21, while Rosser, a stay-at-home mother of two, turned in a 1:50:23.

“We just love this park,” said Rosser, whose two kids took part in the XTERRA kids trail run and whose golden retriever Charlie ran in the Breeder’s Choice XTERRA K9 Challenge. “This race was really tough though. I’ve been running since high school, but this was my first off-road half-marathon and it was challenging.”

Herndan, who won last year’s XTERRA Oak Mountain 10k, led nearly from start-to-finish and was a full four minutes ahead of runner-up Owen Bradley. Herndan is training for his first Ironman World Championship in October, which he’ll do as a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital.

The XTERRA Oak Mountain 10K trail run was won by Drake Ott of Birmingham in 45:08 and Amy Mills-Avest of Canada in 52:14. Craig Nicholas of Enterprise and Emalee Butler of Hoover won the 5K event in 25:11 and 30:50, respectively.

D.D., a 5-year-old, 98-pound Rottweiler, and owner Rose Lehn of Birmingham won the K9 Challenge.

More than 200 runners took part in the three trail runs, which were benefits for Children’s Hospital and the Lakeshore Foundation