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COACH ANN MCLAUGHLIN WON THE BRIDGE RUN 5K

GCAT’S COACH ANN MCLAUGHLIN

WON THE BRIDGE RUN 5K!

Ann McLaughlin, 36, won the 5K with a solid time of 21:00.55. For McLaughlin, who finished second in the 2016 Double Pump, the 5K victory was definitely a surprising result.

“I haven’t really been running a lot lately to be honest,” McLaughlin said with a big smile after crossing the finish line. “I’m actually more of a swimmer. I swam in college at the University of Alabama, so running isn’t exactly my specialty.”

Not a bad finish on land for someone who says she is more comfortable in the water.

During the race, McLaughlin said that she spent the majority of the time too far behind Stone, and too far ahead of second-and third-place 5K finishers Megan Feasel (21:32) and Moriah Harris (21:46), to use them as pace setters. No worries. She didn’t need pacing help.

“I don’t really need (other runners around) to use as motivation,” she admitted while still smiling ear-to-ear. “I just tried to get a good workout and I try to get in first as soon as I can, then try to stay there for as long as I can. I pushed the whole way and it went surprisingly well for me.”

Report and Picture taken from Savannah Morning News Article, Dec 2, 2017.