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For Immediate Release

Jon Walk, (832) 296-0785


BAYTOWN (July 7, 2016) -- Houston's Peter Lawrence and Magnolia's Samantha
McClellan led a record 825 runners across the finish line just outside of title sponsor M.L.
Wismer Distributing to win the 27th annual Baytown Bud Heat Wave five-mile race here on
After finishing fourth in 2012, third in 2013 and second the past two years,
Lawrence, 44, ascended to the top spot with a winning effort of 29 minutes, 10 seconds.
The 27-year-old McClellan, who qualified for and competed in this year's United
States Olympic Marathon Trials in Los Angeles in February, meanwhile, made her first Bud
Heat Wave appearance a succesful one by scoring a commanding two-minute, 44-second
win in a time of 30:33.
Lawrence and McClellan each took home $150 in prize winnings.
Stafford's Alex Bearden, 28, and Vidor's Michael Defee, 41, rounded out the men's
top three with times of 29:25 and 29:59, while Livingston's Amanda Cruise, 33, and
Friendswood's Darcy McCarty, 32, followed McClellan in 33:16 and 34:10, respectively.
Bearden and Cruise both collected $100 while Defee and McCarty both earned $75
for finishing third.
Like McClellan, all but Defee, who finished third for the fourth time in five years,
were newcomers to the race that benefits the Baytown Special Rodeo Association, which
annually each September hosts a fun-filled, western themed day of education, activities and
entertainment for mentally and/or physically challenged children and their families.
Running Alliance Sport (RAS) last year donated $10,000 to the organization,
bringing its four-year giving total to just over $24,000.
Houston's Joe Oviedo, 40, and Katy's Donnadale Arthur, 53, also collected $75
each for being the masters winners in 30:46 and 36:57, respectively.
Katy's Rich Fredrich, 59, and La Porte's Cristy Moreno, 54, won the Grandmasters
(50-and-over) division, while Sugar Land's Edward Fry, 61, and Orange's Billie-Kay
Melanson, 62, did so for all Senior Grandmasters (60-and-over).
All four runners earned $50 for their efforts.
First, second and third place finishers in 29 different male or female age groups
earned RAS Perk Points that earns them future discounts to other RAS races, including this

fall's three-race Texas Bridge Series or next March's Seabrook Lucky Trail Marathon, Half
Marathon, Relays, Quarter Marathon and 5K.
Race director Robby Sabban and M.L. Wismer Distributing president Jim Ferris
jointly announced after the race that next year's 28th annual Baytown Bud Heat Wave
would be the final race at the current location.
M.L. Wismer Distributing is relocating its operations to Mont Belvieu in time for the
2018 race as new course routes are currently being explored.
The news, though, didn't dampen the post-race activities as the Texas Beef Team's
Gordon Christie, 46, of Katy successfully defended his previous two wins in the third
annual Ditta Meats Sausage Eating Contest by downing 1-pound, 10.4 ounces of sausage in
five minutes.
Team RWB's Max Garcia from League City and the Golden Triangle Strutters'
Jonathon Symons from Beaumont finished second and third from a field of nine (9)
sausage eaters.
Fry and Spring's Leanne Dyksterhuis won On The Run's Six Pack Abs Contest.
After finishing 2015 as Texas' largest Fourth of July-themed race at a single distance,
Monday's Baytown Bud Heat Wave was still the second largest race in Texas this year as
three greater Houston area races were the Lone Star state's biggest.
Registration for the 28th annual Baytown Bud Heat Wave is already open at or with a kickoff price of $25,
including double RAS points through Sunday, July 16, 2016.
About Running Alliance Sport

Based out of the greater Bay Area Houston area, Running Alliance Sport (RAS) is a not-for-profit
event production company that has a passion for producing quality running events which in turn
support local communities and its charities. RAS successfully works with city governments in
Seabrook, Kemah, La Porte, Baytown, Galveston and Tiki Island to produce five races annually from
March to November that engages nearly 500 volunteers, sends over 5,550 runners and walkers
across finish lines and has donated over $400,000 to local charities since its inception in 2011. For
more information, please visit
About Baytown Special Rodeo Association
The mission of the Baytown Special Rodeo Association (BSRA) is to provide an annual fun filled,
western themed day of activities and entertainment for mentally and/or physically challenged
children and their families. The Baytown Special Rodeo Association strives to instill in each child a
sense of community and the belief that they are special and important. For more information,
please visit
About City of Baytown
Located just 30 miles east of downtown Houston, Baytown is the third largest city in Harris County,
and is easily accessible via Interstate 10, Highway 146, and the Grand Parkway (Hwy 99). With a
population of around 74,000, Baytown encompasses an area of approximately 34 square miles and
boasts a rich environment, as well as a strong historical and economic heritage. With a booming
economy, Baytown is experiencing unprecedented growth in industry, retail and housing while
maintaining a high quality of life as a major center for economic growth for the Sugarland-HoustonBaytown metropolitan area. For more information on the City of Baytown, please visit or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Baytown Television on Comcast Channel


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