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Dickerson leads pack at HomeRun for Habitat 5K

Photo: Runners take off from the start of Sunday’s HomeRun for Habitat 5K at Silo Square. (Bob Bakken/

Jackson Dickerson of Olive Branch was the overall winner of the 15th annual HomeRun for Habitat 5K race Sunday afternoon at Silo Square in Southaven. 

Dickerson ran the five-kilometer course through the development in a time of 15:26.0, nearly a minute better than second-place Kole Kusak of Hernando, who finished in a time of 17:43.4.

Josh Taylor of Nesbit was third overall, Grady Booth of Nesbit finished fourth, and Brayden Edwards of Southaven was fifth.  

Fourteen-year-old Kyleigh Carter of Hernando was the top female runner, finishing in a time of 20:06.8 with Rylee Blanchard of Olive Branch second at 20:49.2. Kaydi Blanchard of Olive Branch was third, Candace Kautzky of Olive Branch took fourth, followed by fifth-place finisher Meghan Briscoe of Southaven. 

The annual event is held each October as a major fundraiser for the Hernando DeSoto affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, which we earlier highlighted on DeSoto County News.

The day includes a kids’ dash and Fall Fest, with a bounce house, balloon twister, a mechanical bull to ride, plus a petting zoo, climbing wall, and other activities.  

Part of the day also included awarding of the Dave Bowden Memorial Trophy, a traveling award named for the former owner of local Zaxby’s restaurants and a friend of Habitat for Humanity. The award is presented to the school that raised the most money this year, which this year was Horn Lake, which raised $4,058.35 to the cause. Second place went to Lewisburg, which raised $2,111.29, followed by Hernando, with $1.045.41.  All of the DeSoto County schools together raised $8,210.21 to Habitat for Humanity. It’s a significant amount when considered that a typical Habitat home costs about $115,000.  

You can see the start of today’s HomeRun for Habitat run here. Photos from today’s event may be found at the DeSoto County News Facebook page.  

The complete results are found on the HomeRun for Habitat 5K website.

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob is also heard on 95.3 The Rebel twice a week with sports updates and high school football play-by-play broadcasts in the fall. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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