2013 Madison Courier Firecracker 10K run winner Kristopher Sandlin, of Scottsburg, pulls away from runner-up Danny Fisher, 30, of Columbus, while passing the Hanging Rock Falls en route to the finish line at Lytle Park in downtown Madison. The race was contested in a cool drizzling rain. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
2013 Madison Courier Firecracker 10K run winner Kristopher Sandlin, of Scottsburg, pulls away from runner-up Danny Fisher, 30, of Columbus, while passing the Hanging Rock Falls en route to the finish line at Lytle Park in downtown Madison. The race was contested in a cool drizzling rain. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
The 35th annual Madison Courier Firecracker 10K Run was contested Saturday morning with Franklin College runner Kristopher Sandlin leading the field with a 31:44 win.



In an agreed upon strategy, Sandlin, 21, of Scottsburg, and runner-up Danny Fisher, 30, of Columbus, took off from the field from the start, prepared to set a fast pace and make it a two-man race. The two pushed each other along until the final stretch when Sandlin pulled out to a 17-second win with Fisher completing the race in 32:01.



Only one other runner, defending Courier 10K champion Jeremy Johnson, 19, of Austin, completed the course in under 33 minutes as Johnson ran third in 32:31.



Logan Wells, the runner-up in 2012, finished fourth and Asheville, N.C.'s Alex Zorich was fifth. Wells, 20, of Scottsburg, ran a 33:55 while Zorich, 18, ran a 34:48.



The top female was 17-year-old Sarah Billingsley of Batesville. A senior next school year at Oldenburg Academy, Billingsley ran a 38:12 to improve upon her third place finish among the women in 2012.



Defending women's champion MacKenzie Dye, 20, of New Castle, ran a 38:37 and finished second. Dye is a runner at nearby Hanover College. Third place went to Billingsley's twin sister, Rachel Billingsley, with a time of 41:45.



Madison Consolidated High School senior to be Gabby Nay was fourth with a time of 42:06 and her younger sister, 11-year-old Mya Nay, of Deputy, was fifth in 43:29 and former Madison Cub standout Kirsten Hart, 22, of Lafayette, was sixth in the women's division in 43:32.



The race was contested under a cool drizzling rain. The 70-degree temperature at race time was far different than the scorching high 80s and low 90s weather runners faced just a year earlier.



A total of 296 runners competed and 100 walkers participated in the event.



The first walker to finish in that non-competitive event was Bill Wardlaw, 33, of Sellersburg, in 49:16 while the first female walker was Allison Rademacher, 19, of Memphis, in 57:38.