And her 5-year old sister finished in a little over 22 minutes!
This past Saturday was a perfect day for the Second Annual Red Bank Classic 5K. Over 1500 runners and walkers of all ages showed up, all to benefit the YMCA and the Red Bank Recreation Dept. to help nurture youth development through some wonderful programs.

(Ava in the middle, along with the 2nd and 3rd place winners, photo courtesy of Andrea Plaza)

But the biggest surprise was the first female finisher: 8-year old Ava Johnson, a third grader from Haddonfield, who posted a time of 18 minutes and 38 seconds! (Finishing second for the women was 38-year old Kiera Russo of Tinton Falls with a time of 18 minutes and 50 seconds and in third place was 31-year old Katie Desiere of Ocean Township with a time of 19 minutes and 18 seconds.)

Red Bank's own 35-year old Meza Soriano finished third for the men, and the winning teams were Shore Area Running Club in first, Red Bank Eye in second, and Orange Theory Fitness in third.