By Rob Potter
JEFFERSONVILLE August 7, 2001 Over 100 runners and walkers turned out Saturday for the sixth annual Jeff Jam 5K.
Despite the 8:30 a.m. start time, the participants still had to deal with humid conditions.
Handling the humid air the best were Raymond Revell and Jean Velasquez, as they were the first man and woman to cross the finish line.
It was a tough race, the humidity was really tough, said Velasquez, who finished the scenic course around Lake Jeffersonville with a time of 19:47. But I love the course, its challenging.
Also making the event tough for Velasquez was the fact that she was still feeling the effects of an 18.6 mile trail run six days before. And she planned to compete in the Monticello Monster 10K the next day (Sunday).
I didnt try to push too hard today, she said.
Like Velasquez and the other participants, Revell, who was competing in his first Jeff Jam 5K, certainly noticed the humidity.
That was the big thing today, Revell said. But I just worked as hard as I could.
Although both winners intend to compete in the 2002 Jeff Jam 5K, Revell did not plan on running the Monster.
Ive run races on back-to-back days before but I was so tired that next day, he said, referring to the Monday after a weekend of racing.
Race Director Cindy Herbert noted that for the second consecutive year the Jeff Jam 5K attracted over 100 participants.
And we have more sponsors this year than weve ever had, Herbert said. We have great sponsors and great volunteers who help with the race.
Those sponsors included: The First National Bank of Jeffersonville, TLC Construction, Time Warner Cable, Gifts Direct by Cornucopia, Wagner Century Oil, The River Reporter, The Griffin House Bed & Breakfast, The Kitchen, The Sullivan County Democrat, Jeff Taxi, Petunias Posies, Nails by Janayna, Oak Ridge Farm, Inc., Pats Car Wash & Laundromat, Cindys Oasis, Emerson Bossley, Douglass Immoor Agency, The Sunrise House Bed & Breakfast, Levine, Glass & Miller, Mt. View Day Spa, Flex Appeal, Cindy Monahan Graphic Design Studio, J. Hughson Excavating, The Meadows, Bodenstein Chiropractic/
Dr. David Sager, The Club at Villa Roma, Grandmas Lickety Split, Semenetz Lumber Mill, Inc., Mullallys Pub & Restaurant, Village Market, Conroys Cabin, Crottys Auto Parts, Keller Glass, Jeffersonville Volunteer First Aid Corps, Inc., Tegeler & Pfanstiel Real Estate, Inc., Eddies Famous Foods, The Jeff Country Store, Jeff Sanitation, Inc., E & H Fire Extinguishers, The Jeffersonville Area Chamber of Commerce, Family Business LLC, The Secret Garden Gift Shop, Dicks Auto Sales, Inc., Pecks Market, Inc., The Town Crier, Fosterdale Motor Lodge, Dukes Farm Market, American Heritage Realty, Breys Eggs, Kuebler Construction, The Good Earth and Kohler Lumber.