If it had been a 100-meter I might have won it, but the 5K went pretty well. —Jimmer Fredette
SALT LAKE CITY — In the men's Deseret News 5K, the top three consisted of three locals.
Men's top finishers
- Ben Smith finished first with a time of 17:23. Smith is a 22-year-old from Vernal.
- Jared Gonzalez Perez finished second with a time of 17:56. Gonzalez Perez is a 17-year-old from West Valley City.
- Thomas Boyden finished third with a time of 18:45. Boyden is a 15-year-old from Salt Lake City.
Women's top finishers
- Katie Olmstead finished first with a time of 20:25. Olmstead is a 28-year-old from Greeneville, Tennessee.
- Cami Goodwin finished second with a time of 22:25. Goodwin is a 31-year-old from Pleasant Grove.
- Rachel Margetts finished third with a time of 22:31. Margetts is a 15-year-old from South Jordan.
Fredette may have been able to finish faster, but was approached by fans asking for pictures, autographs or just a few seconds of his time to introduce themselves, all of which he accepted gracefully.
It was, by his own admission, the first time Fredette had run such a distance at once.
“If it had been a 100-meter I might have won it, but the 5K went pretty well," he said, catching his breath after finishing.
The Fredette Foundation, his charitable organization, was a sponsor of the race, and Jimmer said the race was a good opportunity to raise money and awareness for their cause.
“We started it four years ago and it’s been a great start for us. We’ve had a lot of people that have come out wanting to support. We’re trying to help as many families as we can in Utah.”
His father-in-law Richard Wonnacott explained the purpose of the foundation, saying the goal was to help strengthen families. He said two of the main focuses are underprivileged kids and bullying. The race serves as one of the group's many events.
"They do three or four events a year to raise money and have had a lot of success," he said.
Other than the race itself, racegoers were excited to hear about his re-signing with the Shanghai Sharks in China.
“I’m excited to be back in Shanghai for a couple years. It was a great home for me last year," Fredette said.
Wonnacott said one of the main factors influencing the decision was the endorsement opportunities in China, including the 361 USA athletic training brand, on which Wonnacott is a founder.
“(There are) 500 million basketball fans in China. It's crazy," he said.
Shanghai, owned by former NBA star Yao Ming, reached the quarterfinals in the Chinese Basketball Association last season. Fredette said he is ready to succeed this year, both in basketball and in marketing his organizations worldwide.
"I’m ready to do some good things out there, and I’m excited for it," he said.