10K Race Honors Special Contestant

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - A familiar face made its way to the Little Apple Saturday morning.

For 36 years Manhattan has held a 10K race as part of its St. Patrick’s Day celebration; however, this year the event fell on a special day for a very special contestant.

Hundreds gathered in the streets of Aggieville for the 10K Road Race, but before things got under way, the entire group paid a special tribute to 83-year-old Marvin Hachmeister, who has taken part in the even for all but two years.

"It’s just an inspiration to everybody that knows him or knows about him," said Ben Sigle of Manhattan Running Company. "The guy comes out to a majority of the races in Manhattan, so a lot of people know him. Not only is he just doing it, but he’s actually a really good runner. He’ll run a 10K in about an hour and a 5K in about 30 minutes."

Last Friday, Marvin ran 83 laps at Ahearn Fieldhouse to celebrate his 83rd birthday. Those 83 laps equate to about 10 1/2 miles. Even better, Marvin took part in Saturday's race wearing the number 83.

"I think the most important thing is to stay healthy and I hope that I set an example for a lot of other people to encourage them," said Hachmeister. "Running is good for you and it’s a real good social event."

In his 34th attempt, Marvin finished the race in just over one hour.