River Run is Back After 13 Year Hiatus

By MEGAN BELCHER | mbelcher@tristatehomepage.com

Published 05/17 2014 07:47PM

Updated 05/17 2014 08:06PM

If you tried to cross the twin bridges Saturday morning, you likely ran into some foot traffic.
That's because after a 13 year hiatus, the River Run is back.

The race started at 8:00 Saturday morning in downtown Henderson.

Runners raced across the bridge as part of the 10 mile run that ended on Riverside Drive in Evansville.

Eyewitness News was there as Kristina Kelsey crossed the finish line.
She was the first woman to finish the race.
Kelsey told us she was pumping her arm as she crossed the bridge, and semis blew their horns to encourage her to keep going.

When Dustin Emerick was crossing the bridge, he said he didn't really notice the view because he was in so much pain at that moment.
He told us that won't stop him from running in the race again, though.

More than 1,700 runners came out today.
Sponsors hope to make the event the premiere 10 mile run in the country.

For one participant in the River Run, the experience of crossing the bridge was very different.

Gary May lost both his legs in a land mine explosion in Vietnam back in 1968.

He doesn't let that keep him from having an active life, though.
May says he tried different sports before deciding to be a hand cyclist.

He said the hardest part of the River Run was at the very beginning; the rest of it was "easy".

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