Walkers, runners lace up their shoes to raise funds for American Heart Association

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 14, 2005

NATCHEZ &8212; It wasn&8217;t the record of a year ago, but the ninth annual American Heart Association Miss-Lou Heart Walk held in Downtown Natchez did have a good turnout this year.

This year&8217;s Heart Walk poster child was Casey Chaffin, son of Stewart and Karen Chaffin, who will turn 14 months old next Tuesday.

&8220;He had transposition of the large vessel,&8221; Karen Chaffin said. &8220;He also had a VSD, which is a hole in the heart.&8221;

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Nine-year-old Jordan Arnold won the one-mile walk.

&8220;It felt bad,&8221; Arnold said. &8220;But I came in first. It hurts.&8221;

Ed Daly, who finished second to Andrew Ketchings by a mere three seconds last year, won the Men&8217;s 5K (3.1 mile) run with a time of 19 minutes and 15 seconds &8212; 10 seconds ahead of his time in last year&8217;s run.

&8220;This is a personal best for me,&8221; Daly said. &8220;Got pushed by Chas Moroney. Andrew knew I was trained for it and he was afraid of me … that&8217;s a lie. I finished second the last two years, so it&8217;s nice to hit pay dirt. Just a hot day. I&8217;ve been training for the Philadelphia Marathon.&8221;

Trinity&8217;s Chas Moroney finished second with a time of 19 minutes and 54 seconds while his father, Curtis Moroney finished third at 22:15, over a minute behind his time when he finished thst year.

&8220;Just a really hard run. My main priority was to beat my dad and I did it,&8221; Chas Moroney said. &8220;I was hoping to run a little lower. I ran in the state track meet last week. We (Moroney and Daly) ran at the beginning. At the mile-and-a-half or two-mile mark, he pulled away from me.&8221;

&8220;I haven&8217;t been running for a couple of weeks,&8221; Curtis Moroney said. &8220;I have a knee problem. I managed to get through it. I had a guy who finished fourth, Ben Long, and we ran together until about a block left, until we crossed Canal Street.&8221;

Emily White was the first woman to cross the finish line in the 5K run with a time of 22:44. &8220;This is my first race ever,&8221; White said. &8220;It was better than I wanted to do, so I&8217;m happy with that. I&8217;m happy with my finish.&8221;

Kerri Simpson was second with a time of 24:11 and Alice Aldridge was a distant third at 40:33.

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita had an effect on the turnout for this year&8217;s Heart Walk. Last year there were 31 teams that participated in the one-mile walk and 40 runners in the 5K. This year there 25 teams in the walk and only 15 runners competing in the 5K run.

&8220;Throughout the Southeast, we&8217;ve taken a $3.7 million hit from Lake Charles, Biloxi and New Orleans,&8221; association Regional Director Lisa Campo said.

&8220;In addition to that, the American Heart Association has partnered with the (American) Cancer Society and the Diabetes Association to raise $1 million to the Bush-Clinton relief.&8221;