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All combined, 65 people participate in annual Madras run benefitting Mountain Star.

BUD BEAMER/FOR THE PIONEER - Runners competing in the 8-mile prison breakout run take off at the starting point outside the Madras Aquatic Center on Saturday morning
The morning of Dec. 30 delivered sunshine and a record number of runners to the annual Freeze Your Fanny run at the Madras Aquatic Center.

According to race organizer Bud Beamer, the 65 entrants that combined across each division — the 8-mile prison breakout run, 5K and biathlon (500-yard swim and 5K) — was the most the event had ever seen.

The biathlon was won by former Madras swimming standout Jordan Gemelas, who finished the event in a combined time of 28 minutes, 48 seconds. Jennifer Beamer was the top female finisher with a time of 39:52.

In the 8-mile run, which followed a challenging course of quick ascension along East Ashwood Road in the direction of Deer Ridge Correctional Institute, Drew Roberts' time of 57:01 marked a new record for the course. Audrey Ross, the top female placer, wasn't far behind, as she finished in a time of 1:04:38.

In the 5K, Heidi Hagman ran the fastest female time (21:06) and finished nearly three minutes ahead of the rest of the field. Treyson Conley placed first overall with a time of 18:01.

The event, sponsored by Les Schwab Tire Centers, is a signifcant fundraiser for the Mountain Star Relief Nursery, a nonprofit organization which serves vulnerable families in Jefferson, Crook and Deschutes counties, Beamer said.

"The event is gaining in popularity each year ," he said. "People are becoming more aware of the importance of brain development in the early years of life and the nature of the services provided by Mountain Star."

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