2018-09-12 / Front Page

Hodges-Hite Wins Grand Prix


Joyce Hodges-Hite with Running Journal Magazine Grand Prix award 
(Staff photo by Deborah Bennett) Joyce Hodges-Hite with Running Journal Magazine Grand Prix award (Staff photo by Deborah Bennett) Joyce Hodges-Hite, a familiar running figure in Jenkins County, has finally won the Running Journal Magazine Grand Prix (after three previous tries). The Grand Prix is a series of races of all distances throughout the Southeastern United States. Scoring is done on a place in age group basis.

Here is the story as it appeared in the Running Journal:

Joyce Hodges-Hite, 81, of Millen, Georgia, returned to competition on the Running Journal Grand Prix this year, leading the Female Veterans (70 and over) with 580 points. She ran in six races, finishing first in the division in all but one.

She started the season off with a first-place run in 1:38:05 at the Midnight Flight 10K in Anderson, S.C. She was also first at the Hero Half Marathon (3:26:40) in Fayetteville, Ark.; the Winter Flight 8K (1:14:33) in Salisbury, N.C.; the Wine 10K (1:30:16) in Birmingham, Ala.; and the Germantown (Tenn.) half marathon (3:30:19). She finished the season with a sixth-place finish at the Cotton Row 10K (1:35:36).

The series extended from Labor Day, 2017, throughout Memorial Day, 2018.

The previous attempts in the Grand Prix took place in the 50 & over group (4th and 3rd) and in the 60 & over group (2nd).

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