Son, father lead way in race to fight hunger


James Chapman, left, finished 3 seconds behind his son, Logan, right, in the Health First Fight Child Hunger 5K in Viera.

VIERA VOICE Darrell Woehler


Logan Chapman edged his father, James Chapman, by 3 seconds at the finish line to win the Health First Fight Child Hunger 5K with a time of 19 minutes, 40 seconds. The Jan. 13 race started and finished at Viera High School.

The younger Chapman is 13 years old and his father is 47. They live in Cocoa.

Shelby Bennett, 18 and also a resident of Cocoa, won the women’s division with a time of 20:57. Lisa Deaton, 53, finished second in the women’s division with a time of 24:27. She lives in Charleston, S.C.

There were 356 runners and walkers, children in strollers, a blind man, lots of dogs and at least one pregnant woman who participated in the fundraising event for the Children’s Hunger Project and the Sharing Center of Central Brevard.

The sun crept up over the horizon as the aroma of sizzling bacon and pancakes, prepared by the Satellite Beach Lions Club, filled the cool, crisp air along with the musical sounds of the Montecito Project, a popular local band.

Keith Gee is the executive director of the Children’s Hunger Project; Joseph Brubaker is the president and chief executive office and director of the Sharing Center of Central Brevard; and the race co-chairs were Bob Gabordi and his daughter, Jessica. The elder Gabordi is the executive editor of Florida Today.

The purpose of this race was to raise funds to end child hunger in Central Brevard. The two organizations sponsor numerous events throughout the year. Health First was the main sponsor. Cheney Brothers and Sysco donated food and snacks.

The winners in various categories were given a retro metal lunch box.

Dean Martineau, a 65-year-old blind man from Palm Bay, finished with a time of 58:14. He was escorted by Lorraine Jones of Suntree, who is on the community advisory board of the Children’s Hunger Project. The pregnant runner, 35-year-old Keisha Greene of Rockledge, finished in 39:05.

Hubert Aumson, 6, of Indian Harbour Beach finished in 33:03. He wasn’t the youngest as Dylan Meyer, 4, of Rockledge had a time of 51:08. James and Mason Rolle, 5, of Rockledge finished with times of 57:08 and 57:13, respectively.

For information on the Children’s Hunger Project, call 321-610-1900. For information on the Sharing Center of Central Brevard, call 321-631-0306t. 

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