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Metroplex 28th annual Silver Classic draws about 550

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Bryan Correira | Herald

Mohamed Vazquez of Belton finishes the Metroplex Health System's 28th annual Silver Classic 5k run Sunday, March 16, 2014, in first place with a time of 18 minutes, 33.8 seconds.

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Mikaela Warnes has some big shoes to fill if she wants to follow in her father’s footsteps.

John Warnes, of Temple, said last year, he broke a world record of running the most miles on a treadmill in 24 hours.

After recently having ACL surgery, Warnes slowed down his pace and walked alongside his 10-year-old daughter, Mikaela, during her first race Sunday.

About 550 people signed up for 28th annual Silver Classic 5k run and 3k walk, which started at the Metroplex Health System parking lot.

“I’m kinda nervous,” Mikaela said. “I do stretches before it and then I do a little warm up and then I start the race. ... I like the running part and mostly being outside.”

Mohamed Vazquez was the first to cross the finish line, which was six spots better than when he competed in the Metroplex race in 2012.

Vazquez has run numerous 5k and 10k races and even a few half-marathons. But never a full marathon.

“Maybe next year I’ll go into marathons,” said Vazquez, 38, of Belton. “It’s a tough race so I want to be ready.”

Dr. Roy Lewis, an orthopedic surgeon employed by Metroplex Clinic Physicians, and his wife, Dawn Lewis, have participated in the race numerous times with their five children.

“It’s basically a family affair. I just want to come out here and have the entire family complete the race. Not necessarily to win, but simply to complete the race,” Roy Lewis said.

Dawn Lewis said every year she tries to improve her time.

“I just like being a part of the race and it’s another step in my fitness goal,” she said. “I bring my kids out here. ... They look forward to it every year.”

As Vazquez crossed the finish line with a time of about 18 minutes and 40 seconds, he was happy to be another step closer to his goal of running a marathon.

“It was a little windy in the first part and the last part, but other than that it was a great course,” he said. “I like running because it keeps me in shape and I just love it. My whole family was always into running so I’ve been loving it since I was a kid.”

Contact Sarah Rafique at srafique@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow her on Twitter at SarahRafique.

9 images

Bryan Correira | Herald

Mohamed Vazquez of Belton finishes the Metroplex Health System's 28th annual Silver Classic 5k run Sunday, March 16, 2014, in first place with a time of 18 minutes, 33.8 seconds.

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