2019 Archives


TRAIL OF FOUR WINDS 25K (updated May 11th)


Superlatives like "great", "outstanding", or any number of others just aren't adequate to describe the inaugural Trail of Four Winds 25K (Facebook page) held at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park last Saturday.  Everything about this race was well beyond expectations.  

The lakefront start/finish location in the pocket park adjoining public beach #1 was a perfect, comfortable place for the pre- and post-race activities. It's so peacefully quiet and serene that far back into the state park. There's very little boat or vehicle traffic.





Top photo:  A lake view from public beach #1 at the Lake of the Ozarks State Park.  Middle:  The view of the small park and public beach from the finish line.  Bottom:  The finish line, viewed from near the beach area.

While muddy, due to 3" of rain in the days leading up to the race, the race course was beautiful under the lush, green canopy of hardwood trees and the white dogwood trees still in bloom. 

The weather cooperated perfectly, with cool and cloudy conditions at the start turning to warm and sunny by the afternoon, making the post-race cookout and socializing well worth hanging around for. 

One particular nicety was the live performance by the six-person Out on a Limb bluegrass band from noon till 3:00.  It was the first time we've ever had live music at a local running race.

The Out on a Limb band from Eldon, Missouri.

Finally, the racing action was exciting, with the men's and women's races both decided in final sprints to the finish. 

For those of us who live at the Lake, it's really great to see the Lake of the Ozarks play host to yet another homegrown race--in addition to Bridge & Dam and 4 Fore 30--that brings in runners from all over the state and beyond.

        
Gavin Eubank drove in from Columbia to do 4 Fore 30 last December (left), Bridge & Dam in March (middle) and Trail of Four Winds.  He's one of only three runners to do all three races.

The race sold out all 150 slots, with 129 making it to the starting line. Over 90% of them came from outside the Lake area.

The entire field of 129 competitors at the starting line. (Click on above photo for a larger image, or click here to download a large, high-resolution version of the photo that you can save to your computer.  Feel free to use the photo as you wish.  No attribution is necessary.)

The men's race was a neck and neck battle from start to finish between two former collegiate cross country runners.

Michael McCulloch, who won last year's Ha Ha Half Marathon, and who one week ago ran a blistering 5:18 per-mile pace at the Trolley Run 4-miler in Kansas City, crossed the finish line in 1:52:14.  He pulled ahead in the final mile and won by a 15-second margin of victory.  Michael is a former Columbia College runner originally from Kansas City and now living in Columbia.

Second-place finisher Robert Bruns is a Waynesville native (now living in St. Louis) who ran for Judson University in Elgin, Illinois.  Most recently, he placed fourth overall--and first in the men's 20-24 age group--at last month's GO! St. Louis Marathon, finishing in a Boston Marathon-qualifying time of 2:52:12.

    
Overall men's winner Michael McCulloch (left) and second-place finisher Robert Bruns.

The women's race was also extremely close, with only 17 seconds separating the top two finishers.

Jaime Maher, from the St. Louis suburb of Fenton, and a frequent LOTO visitor (with husband--and sixth-place men's finisher Ryan Maher), took the top spot over friendly rival (and prolific trail and road runner) Karolina Zavisiute from St. Charles. Jaime crossed in 2:26:10; Karolina in 2:26:27.  Despite both living in the St. Louis area, these two women rarely race head-to-head.  Prior to the Trail of Four Winds, the only race in recent years in which the two have competed appears to have been the Quivering Quads Half Marathon Trail Run in March 2017.  Jaime finished that race in 2:11:27, and Karolina in 2:17:43. 

     
Overall women's winner Jaime Maher (left) and second-place finisher Karolina Zavisiute.

   
Great friendship, camaraderie and sportsmanship were on display all day, including before (left) and after the race. 

Complete race results can be found here, or at the race's UltraSignup.com page.

Here are the results for our Lake-area runners, as well as a few of our nearby friends:

TRAIL OF FOUR WINDS 25K
LAKE OF THE OZARKS STATE PARK
MAY 4, 2019
Name
City
Finish Time
Division
Division Place
Colin Cronin Ft. Leonard Wood
1:53:48
M30-39
1 of 24
Ryan Maher Fenton, MO
2:12:38
M30-39
3 of 24
Chris Boyle Osage Beach
2:13:05
M40-49
1 of 21
Andy Emerson Columbia
2:17:33
M50-59
2 of 10
Jaime Maher Fenton, MO
2:26:10
F Overall
1 of 55
Aaron Koeppen Four Seasons
2:33:07
M40-49
3 of 21
Thomas Mintun Gravois Mills
2:39:54
M20-29
4 of  12
Gary Braman Camdenton
2:41:52
M40-49
5 of 21
Elaine Mallahan Montreal
2:54:01
F40-49
1 of 18
Jani Tucker Lebanon
2:59:15
F50-59
2 of  11
Lauren Moriearty Lake Ozark
3:05:55
F20-29
3 of 9
Gary Thompson Osage Beach
3:05:55
M50-59
4 of 10
Alysia Maschino Linn Creek
3:19:12
F40-49
4 of 18
Stacy Roberts Camdenton
3:22:17
M40-49
12 of 21
Dan Robertson Eldon
3:22:56
M50-59
7 of 10
Sarah Cronin Ft. Leonard Wood
3:58:52
F30-39
8 of 9
Angela Martin Osage Beach
4:05:04
F40-49
16 of 18
         

Congratulations to race founder and director John Shelby for organizing this successful event, and for not abandoning the pursuit of a replacement for the Ha Ha Half Marathon trail race after Missouri State Parks officials declined continued use of Ha Ha Tonka State Park following last year's event. (Frankly, I think that the new venue is better.)

Thanks also go to Mark Kempf and Mike Korst for their able assistance to John, much of it happening long before and after race day.   Mark's a longtime member of our local running community, while Mike's a more recent addition after moving to the Lake full-time following his retirement several years ago.

Last but not least, thanks also go to the race sponsors, as well as to the many volunteers provided by the Lake of the Ozarks Watershed Alliance. Without such support, races like this simply wouldn't happen.

The photos can be viewed here.   If you would like to download the entire gallery (864 photos), download this .zip file (it’s big—227 MB in size) to your computer and then unzip the file.  (On a Mac, simply double-click on the downloaded .zip file, and the photo file folder will be restored.)

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TRIZOU TRIATHLON / DUZOU DUATHLON (posted May 6th)

In a performance and result nearly identical to last year's, Jim McDermott won the men's 65-69 age group (over six others) at the TriZou Triathlon in Columbia on Sunday.  Jim competed in the sprint distance triathlon (400-meter swim, 14-mile bike and 3-mile run) and finished in 1:18:53.  Here are Jim's splits, with data from the previous five years for comparison. Note Jim's amazing consistency through the years.

 
2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
Swim (400 meters)
10:10
10:05
9:47
10:03
11:33
10:55
T-1
3:28
2:32
3:40
3:38
2:02
4:28
Bike (14 miles)
41:07
40:26
41:09
41:44
39:22
40:09
T-2
1:52
2:29
2:59
2:16
1:37
2:12
Run (3 miles)
22:18
22:08
22:19
23:28
22:54
22:48
Finish
1:18:53
1:18:13
1:19:50
1:21:07
1:17:25
1:20:29
Age Group
M65-69
M65-69
M60-64
M60-64
M60-64
M60-64
Age Group Place
1 of 7
1 of 7
2 of 9
3 of 9
2 of 10
3 of 9

Full results can be found here.

Participation fell slightly this year, to 476 solo finishers compared to 509 last year.   At its peak about seven years ago, this race had nearly 750 participants.

TRIZOU TRIATHLON / DUZOU DUATHLON
COLUMBIA, MISSOURI
NUMBER OF SOLO FINISHERS
Race
2017
2018
2019
Sprint Triathlon
468
440
405
Super Sprint Triathlon
44
40
40
Duathlon
32
29
31
Total
544
509
476

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INDEPENDENCE HALF MARATHON & 5K (posted May 5th)

After winning the women's race at the Lake Regional 5K on Saturday, Jade Fletcher headed to Independence to run the fourth annual Independence Half Marathon & 5K on Sunday. She did the same races on a single weekend last year, as well.  

Jade finished the half in 1:59:20.  (That was about eleven minutes slower than last year.)  There was no 14-and-under age group, but Jade was the only female in the race younger than 15.

Complete race results can be found here.

With no apparent explanation, participation has declined every year for this race since its inception in 2016.  The half marathon had just 201 finishers this year--down 47% from last year, and a stunning 71% from 2016.  (Competition from Saturday's Rock-star Run half marathon in Kansas City wasn't a factor.  That race had only 94 finishers--just over half of last year's 181.)

  2016 2017 2018 2019
Half marathon
683
562
381
201
5K
129
86
109
76
    Total
812
648
490
277

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LAKE REGIONAL 5K FUN RUN/WALK (updated May 6th)

The turnout for the 12th annual Lake Regional 5K was noticeably smaller than in recent years, when this race was regularly among the largest 5Ks in the Lake area.  With only 116 timed participants (our official measure of race size) this year, plus a large but unknown number of (untimed) fun walkers, the race will fall significantly in the rankings of the area's largest. 

Five of the eight top finishers, including (from left) Cierra Hiland (#64), Andy Fisher (blue jersey), Jade Fletcher (#990), Nigher Alfaro (#43) and Sam Casella (blue jersey; behind Nigher) seeded themselves at the very front of the narrow  starting line.  Gage Burnam was a little farther back, and Justin Farrell, a relative newbie who ran a personal best of 22:04 and finished third overall, started deep in the field.  The weather was ideal for running, with a temperature of 53° at the 8:00 a.m. start, and with very little wind.

Nigher Alfaro continued his dominance at Lake Regional, with his third overall victory in a row, and his fourth in race history.  He finished in 20:19, a comfortable and distant 1:30 ahead of second-place finisher Gage Burnam of Versailles.  Nigher's time was arguably his fastest finish at Lake Regional.  He won last year in 20:57, and in 19:29 in 2017, but that course was clearly short.  (His first victory came in 2012 with a 22:13.) 

Since at least 2009--the earliest year for which records are available--the women's race at Lake Regional has never had a repeat winner, and that streak continued this year.  Jade Fletcher, who finished second last year after being passed late in the race last year by frequent Lake-area visitor Cierra Hiland of Augusta, Illinois, managed to hold off Cierra this year with a 24-second margin of victory.  Jade finished in 23:56--seven seconds slower than last year. 

Complete race results can be found here.

 
Overall male and female winners Nigher Alfaro and Jade Fletcher.

Many more race photos can be viewed here.

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SUSAN M. BARRY, 1959 - 2019 (posted May 3rd)

There's some very, very sad news to report today about one of our long-time Lake-area runners.   Sue Barry passed away on Monday at her home in Eldon following a long illness.  Sue was always friendly and outgoing, and often ran with her fellow School of the Osage teachers and staff members.   Our condolences go to her husband (and LOTO runner) David Barry and to her children, family and friends.

Her obituary can be found here.


Sue Barry with the large contingent of Lake-area runners at the Bass Pro Marathon & Half Marathon in 2013.

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NEW JERSEY MARATHON (posted April 28th)

The third time in New Jersey was the charm for Todd Raney.  After two previous attempts to run a sub 4-hour marathon in the state, Todd finally succeeded on Sunday at the New Jersey Marathon in Oceanport.  He finished in 3:52:46, placing 97th (of 195) in the men's 45-49 age group.

With 49 states now checked off, only Vermont stands in the way of Todd completing his 50-state quest.  Vermont, though, has been the most elusive state in his quest, with four previous attempts at four different marathons in the state all coming up short.  His fifth attempt will take place at the Vermont City Marathon on May 26th.

Complete results can be found here.

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DOGWOOD FESTIVAL / THE ARC OF THE LAKE 5K FUN RUN (posted April 28th)

After a long, awful winter, we're not getting much of a break in the weather this spring.  Saturday's Dogwood Festival 5K became the third of our six local races held so far this year to be marred by rain--the worst start to the race season in memory.  Despite the weather, nine runners and walkers came out to race and to support the race's beneficiary, The Arc of the Lake, a local organization supporting those with developmental disabilities.

Gary Thompson (at right) prepares to guide the field of nine runners and walkers.

A close-up of the runners and walkers just before the start--and just before the rain started coming down hard. Naturally, the rain would stop soon after the race ended, and by the time we all returned home, the sun came out and made for a nice, but very windy, day.   (Overall winner Tucker Seise is third from left.  Due to water on the camera lens later in the race, and his quick departure after finishing, this is the only decent photo I have of him.) 

Tucker Seise and Carolyn Youngbery, both relative newcomers to the Lake area, were the overall winners of the race.  Tucker finished in 18:53; Carolyn in 30:50. Jim McDermott won the 50-and-over age group and, despite not feeling 100%, Zach Wilson won the 19-and-under age group. 

Jim McDermott, Zach Wilson (amazingly, we actually got him to smile), and Carolyn Youngbery.  They all ran in the rain and reached the podium in their respective races at Bridge & Dam, too.

Here are the complete race results.

DOGWOOD FESTIVAL 5K / THE ARC OF THE LAKE 5K FUN RUN
APRIL 27, 2019
RESULTS
Name
Finish Time
Tucker Seise
18:53
Jim McDermott
24:11
Carolyn Youngbery
30:50
Kim Sovcik
32:10
Jim Glickert
34:55
Christina Wilson
36:29
Zach Wilson
55:18

Staff members from The Arc of the Lake patiently waited in the rain at every turn on the course to guide us toward the finish line.

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THE EPIC (posted April 28th)

Just over 200 cyclists competed at The Epic (Facebook page) gravel road bicycle race at the Lake of the Ozarks on Saturday.  Besides the endless hills, they endured rain in the early part of the race, followed by strong winds once the skies cleared. The weather for this race only seems to reside at the extremes.

There were 206 finishers among the 150-, 90- and 50-mile races.  The total was up from 111 last year, but, strangely, was only about half the nearly 400 who were registered for this year's race.  (There's no apparent explanation for so many no-shows.)

Here are the results for our Lake-area participants:

THE EPIC
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, MISSOURI
APRIL 27, 2019
RESULTS FOR LAKE-AREA PARTICIPANTS
Name
City
Finish Time
Age Group
Age-Group Place
 
150-MILE (56 finishers):
         
         
90-MILE (121 finishers):
Scott Hofer
Lake Ozark
6:26:05
M50 & over
6 of 28
Ron Bentch
Versailles
7:05:19
M50 & over
9 of 28
         
50-MILE (29 finishers): 
Casey O'Connor Camdenton
3:57:01
M20 & over
2 of 8
         

Complete race results can be found here.

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JAY DIX CHALLENGE TO CURE (posted April 20th)

For the second year in a row, Jade Fletcher won the women's 14-and-under age group by default on Saturday at the Jay Dix Challenge to Cure 10K in Columbia. Jade finished in 49:40 and finished fifth overall among the women.  (Last year, she ran almost three minutes faster and finished second overall.)

The phenomenal 59 year-old Gerald Holtmeyer of Bonnots Mill, who won the All In challenge at Bridge & Dam three weeks ago, took second overall in the 10K with a 39:28 (a pace of 6:23 per mile).   He finished two minutes behind the winner, and a comfortable four minutes ahead of the third-place finisher.

Complete race results can be found here.

Participation at this year's event was up slightly for the 5K, but down for the 10K.  Here are the number of finishers for each of the last six years:

 
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
5K
274
206
243
181
141
143
10K
148
120
113
115
91
70
Total
422
326
356
296
232
213

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MAINLY MARATHONS' RIVERBOAT SERIES (posted April 16th)

Congratulations to the newest marathon finisher in the Lake area, William Brown of Camdenton. Last Friday, April 12th, William ran his first marathon in Cape Girardeau at Mainly Marathons' Riverboat Series Day #6 race. (The Riverboat Series consists of seven marathons and other distance races held in seven states over a seven day period. Mainly Marathons offers thirteen other similar series throughout the U.S. each year covering all 50 states, making it especially convenient for those wishing to become a 50-state finisher.)

William finished in 3:37:57--a remarkable achievement for a first-time marathoner, but he was also the overall winner of the race (over 33 others).  He did, though, have an age advantage over nearly the entire field.  At age 39, only three runners were younger, and the average age of the field was 59.8 years.  (Mainly Marathon's races have no time limits, making them especially appealing to the geriatric crowd.)

Complete results for the Cape Girardeau race can be found here.

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BOSTON MARATHON (updated April 16th)

Congratulations to Jim McDermott for finishing the 123rd edition of the Boston Marathon on Monday.  Jim finished in 4:57:19.   According to a post his Facebook page, Jim tripped and fell at mile 11 while "high-fiving" some spectators.  He hit his head in the fall and suffered a large gash.   EMTs nearby came over and bandaged him up, and he continued on, despite their recommendation to stop. This was Jim's second Boston finish--he ran in 2014, one year after the horrific bombing at the finish line.  

A number of other familiar names were among the finishers.

Jeremy ("JJ") Ryan, a former Camdenton High School and Drury University cross country runner now living in St. Louis, finished in 2:44:19.  Jeremy qualified for this year's race at last year's GO! St. Louis.  He qualified for 2020 by finishing in 2:49:55 at last November's Bass Pro Marathon

A multi-year overall winner at Bass Pro, Kimi Reed of Springfield, was the 25th female to finish, in 2:40:12.  (She's already qualified to compete in next year's Olympic Marathon Trials.) Her husband, Marshall Reed, finished in 2:55:11.

Two Bridge & Dam winners were among today's finishers.  Greg Linhart of Grandview, Missouri, who won this year's Bridge & Dam Half Marathon, finished in 3:07:15, while last year's All-In challenge winner, Jill Wagner of Sullivan, finished in 3:24:50.

Kristen Glassmaker, a former School of the Osage teacher now living in Lee's Summit, and her husband Jeremy ran together and finished in 3:33:06.   

NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson, appropriately wearing bib number 4848, finished in 3:09:07. Check out the video clip of him crossing the finish line that he posted on his Facebook page.

The women's race was won by Ethiopian Worknesh Degefa after a bold move to pull ahead of the lead group at the six-mile mark.  She finished in 2:23:31, 42 seconds ahead of 2017 winner Edna Kiplagat of Kenya.

The men's race was an exciting photo finish, with Lawrence Cherono of Kenya winning the sprint to the finish line by two seconds over Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa. (It was the closest Boston Marathon finish since 1988.)  Those two seconds were worth $75,000--the winner receives $150,000 in prize money, while the second-place finisher receives $75,000.  (You can read more about the top finishers here.)

Boston Marathon viewing party 

A big "thanks" goes to those who came out to Redhead Lakeside Grill for our first Boston Marathon viewing party.   We had a terrific time, and plan to do it again next year.  The venue was perfect for viewing the race (thanks again to seven-time Boston Marathon finisher Mike Korst for helping arrange it), and we stayed afterward for lunch. Here are a few photos:

The hugeTV screen in the bar at Redhead Lakeside Grill was great for everyone to see the race. Even some non-runners in the bar later got interested in the action, and watched with us. (Photo provided by Mike Korst.)

The royal members of the LOTO Runners family really CAN get together without doing something insane or breaking a sweat. 


A group photo after lunch on the patio.
Front row (left to right): Stacy Roberts, Katie Roberts, April Leonard, Mary Boyle.
Second row: John Shelby, Gary Braman, Alysia Maschino.
Back row: Jim Glickert, Scott Page, Chris Boyle, Debbie Korst, Mike Korst.

Photo provided by Mike Korst.

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GO GIRL RUN SPRINGFIELD HALF MARATHON & 5K (posted April 14th)

Acting like a vindicative ex-boyfriend or ex-husband, Old Man Winter unleashed another bout of wintry weather on Sunday morning, much to the dismay of over 700 runners at the women-only Go Girl Run Springfield Half Marathon & 5K.  Temperatures in the low to mid 30s, light snow and rain, and winds of 15-20 mph (gusting to 30) made for miserable running conditions. 

Ten women from the Lake area, including seven alone from Versailles, ran despite the weather.   The top half marathoner was Sondra Ellis of Richland, who finished in 1:51:42 and took 9th place (of 78) in the 35-39 age group.  A name new to us, Millicent Cowgill of Camdenton, finished 14th overall (of 394) and 2nd (of 20) in her 20-24 age group with a 27:42 in the 5K.

Race photos of the Versailles runners can be found at the Versailles Area Runners Facebook page.

Here are the results for our Lake-area runners, along with those for Joel Reed, who paced the 1:45:00 group for the second year in a row:

GO GIRL RUN HALF MARATHON & 5K
SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI
APRIL 14, 2019
RESULTS FOR LAKE-AREA PARTICIPANTS

Name
City
Finish Time
Age Group
Age Group Place
HALF MARATHON:
Joel Reed St. Robert
1:44:28
1:45:00 Pacer
Sondra Ellis Richland
1:51:42
F35-39
9 of 78
Cari Baker Versailles
2:57:04
F30-34
35 of 42
Ashley Pryor Versailles
2:57:05
F35-39
65 of 78
Tara Grantham Versailles
2:57:05
F50-54
18 of 22
Rosalie Dear Versailles
2:57:09
F30-34
36 of 42
Hidi Garber Versailles
2:59:25
F35-39
66 of 78
Michelle Kennedy Versailles
2:59:28
F35-39
67 of 78
Joyce Ryerson Versailles
2:59:30
F45-49
37 of 43
 
5K:
Millicent Cowgill Camdenton
27:42
F20-24
2 of 20
Melinda Sykes Barnett
26:24
F50-54
15 of 38
         

Complete race results can be found here

Total participation was down 18% from last year, due at least in part to the awful weather.  Here are the year-by-year numbers:

GO GIRL RUN SPRINGFIELD
NUMBER OF FINISHERS
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
Half marathon
843
655
540
632
485
468
340
5K
317
396
354
593
433
431
394
  Total
1,160
1,051
894
1,225
918
899
734

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GARMIN MARATHON, HALF MARATHON & 10K (posted April 14th)

Only one runner from the Lake area, Heather Doyle, ran at the Garmin Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K on Saturday in the Kansas City area, but she had plenty of company.   Just as she did at Bass Pro last November, Heather paced Ashley Smith, a friend from Holts Summit, in the half marathon. Heather finished in 2:21:09, placing 36th (of 83) in the women's 40-44 age group, while Ashley placed 52nd (of 92) in the 35-39 age group.

Girls' getaway weekend at Garmin (left to right):  Jenny Bruce from Deepwater, Krista Phillips from Otterville, Heather Doyle and Ashley Smith.  Jenny, Heather and Ashley ran Bass Pro last fall.

Complete race results can be found here.

After holding steady for three years, total participation was down 27% from last year, with all three distances showing declines.  The steepest decline was in the half marathon (37%), which is probably due to significantly larger Rock the Parkway Half Marathon being held across town on the very same day.  (Last year, they were held one week apart.)  Here are the year-by-year number of finishers:

GARMIN MARATHON, HALF MARATHON & 10K
NUMBER OF FINISHERS
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
Marathon
678
560
512
460
495
448
Half Marathon
2,203
1,886
1.836
1,721
1,522
959
10K
-
434
559
769
941
743
6K
428
-
-
-
-
-
  Total
3,309
2,880
2,907
2,850
2,958
2,150

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MOLLY'S MILES 5K/10K (posted April 13th)

The third annual Molly's Miles 5K/10K, named in honor of Molly Bowden, a Columbia police officer who was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop in 2005, was held in Columbia on Saturday with a record turnout of over 900 runners, including nine from the Lake area.  Proceeds from the event benefit Camdenton-based Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).

Pete Groce won the men's 50-59 age group with a 48:58 finish time in the 10K.  Another Pete we know, Pete Leyva,ran the 10K in full uniform, and finished in 1:02:29--16 seconds behind Anita Leyva.  A brief video clip of Pete can be found on the Molly's Miles Facebook page.

Our Lake-area 10K finishers gathered for a post-race photo. Left to right: Pete Groce, Anita Leyva and Pete Leyva.

Mike Malone of Jefferson City, who finished second overall at this year's Polar Bear Strut 5K and Bridge & Dam 5K, took fifth overall in the 5K and second (of 72) in the men's 30-39 age group with a 20:53 finish.

MOLLY'S MILES 5K/10K
COLUMBIA, MISSOURI
APRIL 13, 2019
RESULTS FOR LAKE-AREA PARTICIPANTS

Name
City
Finish Time
Age Group
Age Group Place
10K:
Pete Groce Eldon
48:58
M50-59
1 of 9
Anita Leyva Lake Ozark
1:02:13
F50-59
5 of 13
Pete Leyva Lake Ozark
1:02:29
M50-59
7 of 9
   
5K:
Mike Malone Jefferson City
20:53
M30-39
2 of 72
John Stalker Lake Ozark
33:54
M40-49
29 of 60
Jamie Greber Camdenton
34:16
F30-39
29 of 125
Tammy Lawrence Eldon
49:09
F60 & Over
14 of 33
Ashley Porter Eldon
49:12
F30-39
73 of 125
James George Camdenton
52:09
M30-39
60 of 72
Dale Shoemate Eldon
57:42
M50-59
27 of 31
         

Complete results can be found here.

There were 776 and 135 finishers of the 5K and 10K, respectively.  Those were up from 540 and 98 last year, representing a 42% increase in total participation.

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ROCK THE PARKWAY HALF MARATHON & 5K (posted April 13th)

The second-largest half marathon in Missouri, the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon, celebrated its tenth year on Saturday in Kansas City.  Five runners from the Lake area were among the 5,300 who ran either the half marathon or 5K.

Doug Kueker was our fastest finisher.  He crossed the line in 1:49:17, shaving over six minutes off of last year's time of 1:55:43.  Despite finishing nearly seven minutes slower than last year, Jade Fletcher still won the women's 14-and-under age group (over two others), in 1:50:58.

ROCK THE PARKWAY HALF MARATHON & 5K
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
APRIL 13, 2019
RESULTS FOR LAKE-AREA PARTICIPANTS

Name
City
Finish Time
Age Group
Age Group Place
HALF MARATHON:
Doug Kueker Lake Ozark
1:49:17
M35-39
65 of 219
Jade Fletcher Rocky Mount
1:50:58
F14 & Under
1 of 3
Lauren Moriearty Lake Ozark
2:02:57
F25-29
104 of 299
Angela Martin Osage Beach
2:09:49
F45-49
56 of 198
Michelle Waters Camdenton
2:37:13
F45-49
136 of 198
   
5K:
         

Complete race results can be found here.

Participation in the half marathon fell to the lowest level since the race's inaugural year of 2011.  The 5K, on the other hand, had the largest number of finishers since 2013, when 1,975 runners participated.

ROCK THE PARKWAY HALF MARATHON & 5K
NUMBER OF FINISHERS
  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Half Marathon
4,930
4,956
4,223
3,722
3,868
3,619
5K
1,541
1,160
1,345
1,433
1,587
1,722
    Total
6,471
6,116
5,568
5,155
5,455
5,341

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GO! ST. LOUIS MARATHON, HALF MARATHON, 10K & MARATHON RELAY (updated April 9th)


Eleven Lake-area runners traveled to St. Louis last weekend for the GO! St. Louis Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K.  It was the biggest Lake-area contingent at the race since 2013, and included the largest number of runners (7) taking on the marathon.  (This marathon is popular among Lake-area runners.  Over the last 15 years, Lake-area runners have completed more marathons at GO! St. Louis than any other marathon.) 

A group photo of most of our Lake-area GO! St. Louis runners at the finish line in downtown St. Louis.

It was a momentous day for a few of our runners. 

We always like to herald first-timers, and Katie and Stacy Roberts finished their very first marathons, running side-by-side every step of the way (well, until Katie stepped in front of Stacy to cross the finish line first  :)  ).  They finished in 5:19:46 and 5:19:47, respectively.  While Katie and Stacy have both run longer than 26.2 miles in a single race--they each ran 28 miles at last December's 4 Fore 30--this was their first standard marathon.

It was a very tough day to attempt a first marathon, but Katie and Stacy Roberts finished it, and in good shape. 

Chris Boyle had an exceptional race, and achieved his lofty goal of running a Boston Marathon-qualifying time. This was Chris' fourth--and fastest--GO! St. Louis Marathon (he ran 4:26:26  in 2006, 3:51:43 in 2012, and 3:26:35 in 2017), and he shaved 15 minutes off his previous marathon best of 3:23:49 set last September at the Heart of America Marathon in Columbia.  He finished Sunday in 3:08:10, and won the men's masters (40-and-over) division over 262 others.

Boston bound!  With no regrets, Mary and Chris Boyle won't be coming to our Boston Marathon viewing party next year.

Chris ran and finished alongside Colin Cronin, a 2017 Boston Marathon finisher from Ft. Leonard Wood.  Chris' 3:08:10 finish time beat the 2020 Boston Marathon qualifying standard for 40-44 year-old males of 3:10:00 by 1:50.  To run in the 2019 Boston Marathon, runners had to beat their qualifying standard by 4:52.  However, because the 2020 qualifying standards for all age groups were lowered by 5 minutes, Chris will be almost certain to be accepted into the race.  (Note:  Colin's 3:08:10 finish was over the 3:05:00 standard for 35-39 males in 2020.)

Sometimes rivals, but always friends, Chris Boyle and Colin Cronin ran remarkable races on a day that was too warm and too humid for a marathon. 

One more of our local runners had a momentous day.  Despite the unfavorable weather, Scott Page finished in 3:40:24, establishing a new personal record over his previous best of 3:48:34 set in December 2016 at St. Jude.  Scott placed sixth (of 57) in the men's 45-49 age group.

Scott Page approaches the finish chute with a new  personal marathon best at hand. 

Weather has been an issue at nearly every GO! St. Louis, the past 18 years, and this year was no exception.  Last year, race-time temperatures were in the low 30s.  This year, they were mostly in the 60s.  Combined with high humidity and mostly sunny skies, though, they made for brutal running conditions. Things might have been worse, as race-time showers that had been forecasted right up until race morning, failed to materialize. The dry, warm weather did helped bring out lots of spectators, which is always welcome.

Here's a nice race recap from STLtoday.com:  Go! St. Louis Marathon runners plow through heat, humidity

You can view many more photos from the race here.  (To help viewers who may not be familiar with St. Louis or the course, I've annotated some of the photos that would benefit from an explanation.)

Here are the results for our Lake-area runners, plus a couple of our friends:

GO! ST. LOUIS MARATHON, HALF MARATHON, 10K & MARATHON RELAY
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
APRIL 7, 2019
RESULTS FOR LAKE-AREA PARTICIPANTS
Name
City
Age Group
Finish Time
Age Group Place
         
MARATHON:
Chris Boyle Osage Beach
M Masters
3:08:10
1 of 263
Colin Cronin Ft. Leonard Wood
M35-39
3:08:10
4 of 122
Scott Page Lake Ozark
M45-49
3:40:24
6 of 57
Gary Braman Camdenton
M45-49
3:53:49
16 of 57
Todd Raney Kansas City
M45-49
4:18:53
25 of 57
Rob Kucsik Lake Ozark
M45-49
4:26:58
31 of 57
Alysia Maschino Linn Creek
F40-44
5:16:22
45 of 62
Katie Roberts Camdenton
F40-44
5:19:46
46 of 62
Stacy Roberts Camdenton
M45-49
5:19:47
48 of 57
         
HALF MARATHON:
Todd Shockley Camdenton
M55-59
2:13:20
71 of 112
Willard Haley Eldon
M55-59
2:17:20
77 of 112
Jim Glickert Osage Beach
M60-64
2:46:37
57 of 64
         
10K:
Cindy Weisenfelder Camdenton
F50-54
1:05:24
14 of 65
         

Race Notes:

Weather conditions: 56° at 7:00 a.m. start with 90% relative humidity ; 64° with 75% relative humidity at 9:00 a.m; and 72°and 61% relative humidity at 11:00 a.m. Winds 6-13 mph.  Skies ranged from clear to overcast.  

Complete race results can be found here.  

GO! ST. LOUIS MARATHON WEEKEND
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
NUMBER OF FINISHERS
Race
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
Marathon
1,373
1,335
1,171
1,078
1,001
Half Marathon
6,253
4,992
4,540
3,594
3,562
7K
-
780
1,519
1,051
-
10K
-
-
-
-
1,168
Marathon Relay teams
450
318
295
202
187

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BADGE OF HONOR BENEFIT RUN (posted April 7th)

Pete and Anita Leyva traveled to Poplar Bluff on Saturday for the fifth annual Badge of Honor Benefit Run.   Both ran the 10K, with Anita winning the women's 50-54 age group by default in 58:25, while Pete took third (of four) in the men's 50-54 age group in 54:22.

Complete race results can be found here

The race had a total of 39 half marathon, 54 10K and 68 5K finishers.  That compares to last year's total of 50 in the half marathon, and 38 and 72, respectively, in the 10K and 5K.

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DO OR DIE HALF MARATHON & 5K (posted April 6th)


Jim McDermott made it two half marathons in two weekends, and topped off his training for the Boston Marathon (coming up on Monday, April 15th) by running the Do or Die Half Marathon in Boonville on Saturday. Jim finished in 1:54:19, placing second (of four) in the men's 61-65 age group.

There were a number of other familiar names in the race.  Michael McCulloch, who won last year's Ha Ha Tonka Half Marathon and who'll be at the Trail of Four Winds 25K next month, was the overall half marathon in a blazing 1:16:53.  Greg Linhart was third overall (in 1:27:19), followed in fourth by Andy Emerson in 1:30:27.  A little further down the list were Randy Acklin (1:58:21), and one-half of The Sedalia Sisters, Lori Hurt, in 2:05:35.

Complete race results can be found here.

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BRIDGE AND DAM HALF MARATHON, 10K & 5K (updated April 5th)

For years to come, the 2019 Bridge & Dam Half Marathon, 10K & 5K will be remembered mostly for the miserably wet, windy and cold weather that overshadowed an otherwise record year.  More runners (575) had registered for this race than last year's record total of 525, but, unfortunately, the weather kept many away from the starting line.  Still, with 439 official race finishers, down from 486 last year, Bridge & Dam remains the biggest running race at the Lake of the Ozarks, and by a very wide margin.  It's bigger than the next two-largest races--combined.  The continued success of this race is a testament to the hard work and dedication of co-race directors Alysia Maschino and Scott Page, as well as the strong support of volunteers and Lake-area businesses, civic organization and local governments that make the race possible.  The race's direct beneficiary is the Lake of the Ozarks chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, but the real beneficiaries are the students who participate in the organization's faith-based athletic programs.

The Camden County Sheriff's Office is just one example of the local support for Bridge & Dam.  These deputies set out traffic cones (in the rain) at 6:30 a.m., stood out in the rain and cold to monitor traffic until the last runner passed by, and then picked up the cones (again, in the rain) at 11:30 a.m.

Shown below are the number of finishers, by distance, at Bridge & Dam since its inception in 2015.  Bridge & Dam has become one of the largest running races in Missouri outside of a major metropolitan area.

BRIDGE & DAM
NUMBER OF FINISHERS
Distance
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
All-In
-
-
7
10
7
Double Down
-
-
11
8
7
Half Marathon
198
172
155
179
186
10K
75
90
119
123
105
5K
-
-
124
166
134
Total
273
262
416
486
439

For the record, at Lee C. Fine Airport, the temperature at the 7:30 a.m. start of the race was 44°, with winds of 6 mph (gusting to 16) and a wind chill of 41°.   By 11:00 a.m., the temperature had dropped to 37°, and the wind chill to 34°.

Race Results

Complete race results can be found here

All-In Challenge

Seven runners competed in the All-In Challenge, which consists of a half marathon followed by a 10K and a 5K.  (Added together, the three distances are 3.8 miles short of a full marathon.)  Last year, the race was won by one of our fastest local runners--17 year-old Payton Bartlett.  This year, it was the phenomenal, 59 year-old Gerald Holtmeyer of Bonnots Mill, Missouri.  Gerald is no stranger to Bridge & Dam.  He won the inaugural half marathon in 2015, placed second to Heather Oddo in the half in 2016, and won the Double Down in 2017.  He not only won this year's All-In (in 2:44:11), but he smashed the overall course record of 2:56:18 owned by Jill Wagner of Sullivan, Missouri. 

The top female in the All-In was Jennifer Dickson from Chillicothe, Missouri.  Jennifer, who ran last year's half, won in 2:56:30, and missed Jill Wagner's women's course record by a mere 12 seconds.  Jill finished just behind Jennifer in 2:59:56.  (Jill won the inaugural All-In in 2017, but skipped last year's Bridge & Dam to prepare for the Boston Marathon.)  

 
All-In winners Gerald Holtmeyer and Jennifer Dickson. Gerald's race face never changes--he always sports a very "focused" look.   Jennifer, on the other hand, always smiles for the camera, which is rather surprising because she's constantly pushing herself hard and running a strong, consistent pace.  Both are very impressive runners. 

Double Down Challenge

There were seven finishers in the Double Down Challenge, which consisted of a half marathon and 10K.

The top two finishers were first-timers at Bridge & Dam--Trent Kersey and Amy Frederick.  (Amy isn't a stranger to Lake events, though.  She competed at last December's 4 Fore 30.)  Trent won in 2:58:51, with Amy finishing less than a minute later, in 2:59:34.  Their respective half marathon and 10K splits were so close, it was almost as if they ran together until a finish line sprint. 

 
Double Down winners Trent Kersey and Amy Frederick.

Half Marathon

After placing fourth overall in 2015 and 2018, Greg Linhart from Grandview, Missouri, won his first Bridge & Dam half marathon. Greg, who may best be remembered for running with his diminutive dog, "Moose", last year, crossed the line in 1:25:37, a comfortable four minutes ahead of his nearest competitor.

The women's half marathon, on the other hand, was the closest race of the day. Kristin Durkin, who resides in the Chicago area but who's a regular at the Laker 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, erased a two-minute deficit early in the race to edge out Blair Kurtz by a mere four seconds. Kristin finished in 1:50:06, and Blair in 1:50:10.

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Left photo:  Half marathon men's champion Greg Linhart.   Right photo:  Overall women's champion Kristin Durkin and second-place female Blair Kurtz.

10K

Miki Loos of Shickley, Nebraska dropped down from the half marathon last year to the 10K this year, and it paid off with an overall victory--the only Bridge & Dam race to have a female overall winner.   Miki finished in 45:59, which was the second-fastest women's 10K in race history, topped only by course record-holder (and then high school cross country runner) Micah Hill's 43:41.

Lake-area runner Sam Casella took top honors in the men's race.  Sam finished in 47:24, about a minute ahead of second-place male Justin Farrell.

10K first and second-place finishers Miki Loos and Sam Casella were running step-for-step at the halfway mark, but Miki pulled ahead in the second half.

5K

Cierra Hiland of Quincy, Illinois was the overall winner of the women's 5K for the third year in a row, which means--since the 5K option was only added in 2017--she's the only winner the women's race has known, as well as the women's course record-holder.  Cierra, who's a frequent Lake visitor and is believed to have won more Lake-area races than any other out-of-towner, finished in 24:44.  She won in 22:52 in 2017, and 23:34 last year.

Kelly Sallee of Blue Springs, Missouri finished second overall last year in 21:21, and claimed the top spot this year with a 20:57 finish.  Kelly spoiled Lake-area runner Mike Malone's hope for local glory.  Mike finished third overall in 2017, third in 2018, and second this year, despite registering faster finish times: from 21:59 in 2017 to 21:53 in 2018 and 21:10 this year.  Mike's only consolation is breaking his own age-group record for 30-39 males.

Course and Age-Group Records

Fourteen course, age-group or age records were either broken or established this year.  The most notable was Gerald Holtmeyer's new course record for the All-In challenge.  His finish time of 2:44:11 broke Payton Bartlett's record of 2:56:21 set last year.   Mike Malone broke his own male 30-39 age group record in the 5K for the second year in a row.  After setting the record of 21:59 in 2017, he ran a 21:53 in 2018, and a 21:10 this year.

Here's the complete list of new records:

BRIDGE & DAM
NEW RECORDS IN 2019
Name
Finish Time
Record Set
 
 
All-In:
Gerald Holtmeyer
2:44:11
Course record
 
Half Marathon:
Jeff Stevens
2:36:22
Oldest male finisher (72)
Bill Smith
2:19:42
Male 70-79 age group
Jani Tucker
1:57:14
Female 50-59 age group
 
10K:
Ron Ferguson
1:52:51
Male 70-79 age group
Regina Maloney
48:06
Female 30-39 age group
Holly Smith
1:17:17
Female 70-79 age group
 
5K:
Linda West
54:33
Oldest female finisher (71)
Mike Malone
21:10
Male 30-39 age group
Lonnie Cook
24:44
Male 60-69 age group
Amy Belloma
27:59
Female 40-49 age group
Margaret Strnad
25:12
Female 50-59 age group
Mary Lou Menke
32:52
Female 60-69 age group
Linda West
54:33
Female 70-79 age group

Legacy Half Finishers

Sixteen runners can still lay claim to having finished Bridge & Dam's half marathon every year since its debut in 2015.  (Two runners let their streaks end this year.)  Here's the list of the remaining diehards:

Nigher Alfaro (Montreal)
Karen Backes  (Jefferson City)
Russell Burkett (O'Fallon, MO)
Jeanette Pfetsch (Kansas City)
Alisha Eldridge (Eldon)
Tobby Eldridge (Eldon)
Ryan Garlock (Lincoln, NE)
Lindsay Garlock (Lincoln, NE)
Lori Hurt (Sedalia)
Jason Kolb (Tipton)
Doug Kueker (Lake Ozark)
Angela Martin (Osage Beach)
Sherri Mundwiller (Washington, MO)
Kim Ream (Sedalia)
Heather Skouby (Eldon)
Janet Weber (Dittmer, MO)

Photos

Nearly 1,000 more photos can be found here.

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HOPE RAY DUNKLEE MEMORIAL RUN/WALK (posted March 24th)

The sixth annual Hope Ray Dunklee Memorial Run/Walk was held on Saturday in Versailles.

I don't have any news other than that Jade Fletcher was the overall women's winner.  (If anyone has anything else they'd like to share, please pass it along.)


Jade Fletcher made it two overall women's victories in two weeks.

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SEDALIA HALF MARATHON & 5K (updated March 24th)

Willard Haley was the only Lake-area runner at this year's Sedalia Half Marathon & 5K.   Willard ran the half marathon and finished in 2:27:29. One other familiar name in the results was that of Andy Emerson of Columbia, who placed sixth overall, in 1:29:30.

Complete race results can be downloaded here.

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SHAMROX COLUMBIA & SHAMROX SPRINGFIELD 15K/5K (posted March 17th)

   

Ultramax Sports held its ShamRox 15K/5K runs in Springfield and Columbia on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, and the Lake area was represented at both.

Our top 15K finisher was Emily Smith, in 1:31:28, at the Columbia race, while Amy Hadfield was our top 5K finisher, in 29:17, at Springfield.  Amy was also our highest age-group placer, taking second (of 33) in the women's 45-49 age group.

Here are the results for our Lake-area runners:

SHAMROX COLUMBIA & SPRINGFIELD 15K/5K
MARCH 16-17, 2019
RESULTS FOR LAKE-AREA PARTICIPANTS

Name
City
Finish Time
Age Group
Age Group Place
SPRINGFIELD - MARCH 16th:
5K:
Amy Hadfield Camdenton
29:17
F45-49
2 of 33
Jamie Greber Camdenton
34:09
F30-34
14 of 47
 
COLUMBIA - MARCH 17th:
15K:
Emily Smith Lake Ozark
1:31:28
F35-39
7 of 18
Willard Haley Eldon
1:37:12
M55-59
4 of 4
Kylie Webery Eldon
1:38:20
F25-29
8 of 9
April Leonard Eldon
1:42:46
F50-54
3 of 7
 
5K:
Chris Webery Eldon
31:03
M25-29
12 of 23
 

Willard Haley and April Leonard at the finish line in Columbia.

Click for complete race results for Columbia and Springfield.

After upticks in 2018, participation was down for both events this year.  Here are the total number of finishers in each location ace for the past six years.

  2014 2015 2016 2017
2018
2019
Columbia
N/A
391
461
376
730
623
Springfield
1,064
1,021
788
649
1,039
838

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ST. PATRICK'S DAY SHAMROCK SHUFFLE 5K RUN/WALK (posted March 17th)

About 75 runners and walkers toed the starting line in Eldon on Saturday for the St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Shuffle 5K Run/Walk. It was a chilly morning, with temperatures at the start hovering in the 30s, but the "bomb cyclone" winds of the previous two days were completely gone, and the sunny skies helped make conditions quite comfortable.

The first completely dry, sunny and relatively mild weekend so far this year no doubt helped the turnout for the race.

The overall male and female winners were Gary Lile and Jade Fletcher in 22:03 and 22:56, respectively.  This made for what's believed to be the largest-ever age gap--46 years--between overall winners at a Lake-area 5K.  (Gary is 60; Jade is 14.)  Gary won despite suffering from the flu all week.

   
Overall winners Jade Fletcher and Gary Lile.  Pictured with Gary is his wife, Kathy, who's run many Eldon 5Ks over the last ten years.

Here are the top age-group finishers for male and female runners:

ST. PATRICK'S DAY SHAMROCK SHUFFLE 5K RUN/WALK
ELDON, MISSOURI
MARCH 16, 2019

RESULTS FOR MALE AND FEMALE RUNNERS
Age Group
Place
Name
Finish Time
 
Women
16 & under
1
Jade Fletcher
 22:56
2
Haven Evers
 27:27
3
 Avery Sick
 34:39
 
17-19
1
Madison McGinnis
 35:46
 
20-29
1
Gabby Berry
 33:42
2
Jenny Wright
 36:27
3
Claire Hubert
 48:09
 
30-39
1
Bobby Grant
 29:22
2
Janelle Evers
 34:45
3
Heather Sawyer
 39:01
 
40 and over
1
Paula O'Connor
 28:26
2
April Leonard
 29:12
3
Kathy Lile
 30:14
 
Men
16 & under
1
Colt Butler
 29:30
2
Elijah Sick
 35:02
3
Connor Gatlin
 53:58
 
20-29
1
Adam Barb
 28:44
 
30-39
1
Aaron Evers
 27:28
2
Dustin Fletcher
 34:30
3
Tony Sick
 34:55
 
40-49
1
Jason Martin
 30:31
 
50 and over
1
Gary Lile
 22:03
2
Pete Groce
 25:07
3
Greg Evers
NA

Avery Sick (left) and her dad, Tony Sick, cheer on Elijah Sick as he approaches the finish line.  All  three reached the podium in their respective age groups.

Many more photos from the race can be found here

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LITTLE ROCK MARATHON, HALF MARATHON, 10K & 5K (posted March 3rd)

Runners at the Little Rock Marathon & Half Marathon must be wondering if and when they'll ever get a break.  For three years in a row now, they've faced nearly identical (lousy) weather conditions: rain, temperatures in the upper 30s to low 40s, and light winds.  They're willing to pay that price, though, for one of Little Rock's famously huge finisher's medals

Bill Pauls of Camdenton was our only Lake-area finisher.  (If I missed anyone, well, you know the drill.)  Bill finished the marathon in 5:32:50 and, as he now does with every marathon finish, continues to set the record for being the oldest Lake-area runner to complete a marathon.   Bill is 69 years old, and has completed a marathon in all 50 states.  Twice, in fact.

Randy Acklin of Marshfield was in Little Rock the last two years to pace the 5:00:00 marathon group.  Randy was there again this year, and finished in 4:29:14.  He wasn't officially listed as a pacer for the 4:30:00 group, but it sure looks like he may have been.  Randy's a pacer extraordinaire (he's paced at Bass Pro for years), and it seems he always brings his group to the finish line with seconds--not minutes--to spare.

Click for full results for Sunday's marathon and half marathon, or Saturday's 5K/10K.

Participation in the marathon and half marathon was down about 11% from last year, and about one-third less than the peak in 2013-2014.

Number of Finishers
Year Marathon Half Marathon Total
2012
1,982
3,548
5,530
2013
2,446
4,404
6,850
2014
1,761*
4,786
6,547
2015
2,453
3,949
6,402
2016
2,034
3,497
5,531
2017
2,178
3,698
5,876
2018
1,818
3,429
5,257
2019
1,589
3,093
4,682
* Marathon was stopped by a thunderstorm

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OCEAN'S RUN MARATHON (posted March 3rd)

It took three tries, but Todd Raney finally got his sub 4-hour marathon finish in Rhode Island, bringing his 50-state, sub-4 quest down to just two states to go--Vermont and New Jersey.  On Sunday, Todd finished the Ocean's Run Marathon at Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly, Rhode Island.  He finished in 3:51:21, giving himself some time to spare, after coming up 37 seconds shy of a sub-4 in his first Rhode Island attempt, and 5:35 in his second.

Todd plans to check New Jersey off his list in April, and complete his nearly four-year quest in Vermont in May.

Todd Raney signaling "two to go".  Conditions for a race were far nicer in Rhode Island than in Missouri this morning.  Temperatures were in the low 40s, and the skies were sunny.

Complete results for the marathon aren't yet available.

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WHOBILATION 5K RUN/WALK (updated March 3rd)


Twenty-five runners and walkers braved the cold on Saturday for the Tri-County YMCA's first annual Dr. Suess-themed Whobilation 5K Run/Walk.  The race was a benefit for the Y's childrens' programs.

Being a YMCA event, it was only natural to spell out "Y-M-C-A" at the starting line, though one young runner (at left) didn't seem too terribly impressed with the spelling effort.

Overall male and female winners, pictured below, were Brady Caran, in 25:29, and Paula O'Connor, in 28:43.

   

The complete results are shown below. (There were several names I had trouble reading from the handwritten results.  Please e-mail any spelling corrections to me.)

WHOBILATION 5K RUN/WALK
OSAGE BEACH, MISSOURI
MARCH 2, 2019
RESULTS
Place
Name
Bib #
Finish Time
1
Brady Caran 
24
 25:29
2
Dillon Willenbrock
34
 26:21
3
Paula O'Connor
35
 28:43
4
Jamy Sloan
11
 28:52
5
Madison Shearer
13
 30:56
6
Cindy Ford
19
 31:26
7
Carolyn Davinroy
36
 31:37
8
April Leonard
30
 31:52
9
Judy Ford
18
 34:23
10
Jim Glickert
5
 36:01
11
Abby Sloan
12
 36:31
12
Bhanu Krishnan
8
 37:07
13
Christina Wilson
1
 37:27
14
Maverick Sovcik
3
 41:14
15
Cameron Kuhlman
32
 41:16
16
Katie DePanpolo
23
 41:25
17
Michelle Sloan
28
 41:44
18
Zachary Wilson
2
 45:55
19
Dylan Brown
15
 47:00
20
Colton ?
22
 47:01
21
Kelly Brown
14
 47:08
22
Margie Gunter
4
 51:02
23
Jackson Fike
20
 1:02:40
24
Kendra Rehmer
31
 1:02:53
25
Rusty Fike
21
 1:03:00

Margie Gunter won the award for best costume. Check out lots of photos of Margie and the rest of the Whobilation participants here.

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ROCHEPORT ROUBAIX (posted March 2nd)

Running in 30° weather isn't much fun, but cycling in it is a finger- and toe-freezing nightmare.  Saturday's freezing temperatures may explain the 54% drop in participation at the Rocheport Roubaix gravel road bicycle race.  (The race, originally scheduled for February 23rd, had been postponed one week due to icy conditions on the course.)

Only one Lake-area cyclist was among this year's competitors, compared to five last year.

Casey O'Connor, who was the overall winner of last year's 20-mile race, stepped up to the 70-mile race this year, and finished 14th overall (of 31) and 6th (of 7) in the men's 29-and-under age group with a finish time of 4:36:09 (an average speed of 15.2 mph). 

All three races had close finishes, with the 50- and 70-mile races both decided by one second or less.  The 70-mile race winner crossed the line in 3:39:40.14--a mere 0.8 of a second ahead of the second-place cyclist.

Full results can be found here.

Here are the number of finishers for each race, by year:

Distance
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
15 - 20 miles
2
15
N/A
37
21
30 miles
12
45
33
N/A
N/A
50 miles
18
65
48
77
40
70 miles
26
48
64
86
31
Total
58
173
145
200
92

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LIBERTY HOSPITAL HALF MARATHON & 5K (posted March 2nd)

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(Note: The half marathon results didn't list the cities for those who finished, so I may have missed some Lake-area runners. Please let me know if I missed anyone.)

Three Lake-area runners traveled to the Kansas City area for Saturday's third annual Liberty Hospital Half Marathon & 5K.  All competed in the half marathon.  Here are their results:

LIBERTY HOSPITAL HALF MARATHON & 5K
LIBERTY, MISSOURI
MARCH 2, 2019
RESULTS FOR LAKE-AREA PARTICIPANTS

Name
City
Finish Time
Age Group
Age Group Place
HALF MARATHON:
Doug Kueker Lake Ozark
1:58:37
M35-39
33 of 73
Jade Fletcher Rocky Mount
2:03:51
F1-14
2 of 2
Michelle Waters Camdenton
2:32:16
F45-49
35 of 67
         

Jade Fletcher at the finish line, sporting huge finisher's and second-place age-group medals.  Jade ran despite not feeling well, and in even colder temperatures and wind chills than we experienced at the Lake.

Also spotted in the results were three half marathon finishers who'll be coming to the Lake for Bridge & Dam in four weeks:  four-time B&D finishers Kim Ream and Lori Hurt from Sedalia, and Bridge & Dam Ambassador Dan Rozum. Ashley Howerton, who used to live in Lake Ozark, was another familiar name in the half marathon results.

Click for complete race results for the 5K and half marathon.

The Liberty Hospital Half continues to grow significantly in popularity.  It had 456 finishers at its inaugural race in 2017, 753 last year, and 1,069 this year, despite much colder weather.  It's one of the few large half marathons still growing in size.  It was the tenth largest in the state last year, and may move up a place or two this year.

LIBERTY HOSPITAL HALF MARATHON & 5K
NUMBER OF FINISHERS
  2017 2018 2019
Half Marathon
456
753
1,069
5K
652
1,003
735
    Total
1,108
1,756
1,804

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LAKE OUACHITA VISTA TRAIL ENDURANCE RUN 100-MILE/100K (updated March 3rd)

Congratulations to Chris Boyle, who was the overall winner of the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail Endurance Run's 100K race on Saturday in western Arkansas.   Chris finished in 11:13:54.  It was his first 100K race, though he's gone longer (a 100-miler last October, and 84 miles at 4 Fore 30 in December).

Full results can be found here.  Check out the photos at the race's Facebook page.

Forty runners finished the 100K, and 24 finished the 100-mile.

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CASTLEWOOD CUP 15K (posted February 23rd)

For the second year in a row, the Castlewood Cup 15K Trail Race at Castlewood State Park in west St. Louis County was shortened due to trail conditions.  Last year's race was shortened to 13K (8 miles), and Saturday's race was reduced to an 11K (7 miles).

John Shelby was our only Lake-area runner in the race. John finished in 1:08:33 (9:48 per mile), placing 9th (of 32) in the men's 50-54 age group.

A total of 380 runners finished the race, down from 411 last year and 474 in 2017.  Complete results can be found here.

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POLAR BEAR STRUT 5K RUN/WALK (updated February 24th)

Long-time Strutters have endured cold, wind and snow over the years, but Saturday's 18th annual Polar Bear Strut will go down as the first one where the Strutters got as wet as the Plungers.  While it was foggy and gloomy at the start, the weather was fine for running, and there was no sign of the rain that had been in the forecast.  Ten minutes later, though, the rain moved in (along with a few rumbles of thunder) and everyone--except for that one prescient walker who brought an umbrella--got soaked. 

Our luck finally ran out: This was the first time we've ever been rained on at the Strut.  The temperature was 45°, but thankfully there was no wind.

Dry at the starting line:  As he's done for many years before the start of the Polar Bear Strut, SOMO athlete Joel Moss led us in reciting the Special Olympics motto: "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

Despite his usual pre-race claims about being out-of-shape and not ready to race--which we've learned to completely ignore--Nigher Alfaro cruised to his fifth overall win--the most in Strut history  Nigher crossed the line in 21:32, about a minute ahead of second-place finisher Mike Malone (22:18), who topped the men's law enforcement division.  Mike reports that he ran the full length of Nichols Rd., which alone is a pretty impressive accomplishment for any runner.  That hill is a monster. 

    
Overall winners Nigher Alfaro and Brooke Ziegler.

For the first time in four years, we had a different winner of the women's race.  Brooke Ziegler claimed her first Strut victory in 22:43, finishing third overall, and a whopping six minutes ahead of her nearest female rival, "Empress" Zim Schwarze.  (That's how Zim's name appears in the race results and, being that this was Zim's 17th Strut (she missed one year due to the flu), and her tenth consecutive female law enforcement victory, "empress" seems quite fitting.)

    
Top law  enforcement finishers: Mike Malone and
"Empress" Zim Schwartze.

Thanks to our race timer extraordinaire, Gary Thompson, here are the complete race results:

By finish order
By division

There were 73 finishers at this year's Strut.  That's up from 61 last year, which was the lowest number in at least 10 years.  This rebound in participation gives us hope that this "granddaddy" of local 5Ks will one day return to its former size.

Overall, this year's new course wasn't as hilly as the old one, despite the approximately 150-foot climb (in a mere 1000 feet) up Nichols Rd.   A comparison of the finish times under the new and old courses wouldn't be fair due to the wet weather that marred this year's race. With that proviso, though, finish times for those front- and middle-of-the-pack runners who have done this race over the past several years were consistently one to two minutes slower this year than before. Hopefully, better weather next year will give us a better comparison.

More royalty: In addition to royal Empress Zim, Queen Margie Gunter was at the Strut, and finished on the podium, as did her two faithful attendants, Kim Sovcik (left) and Christina Wilson.

It wouldn't have been an official Strut without the Jolly Rogers Grub & Grog pirates running with us and taking home a bounty of medals.

Many more photos from the race can be found here

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RUN FOR THE CHOCOLATE 5K (posted February 10th)

Well, we know there are at least two chocoholics in the Lake area.  Christopher and Kylie Webery drove from Eldon all the way to St. Louis to participate in Saturday's Run for the Chocolate 5K.

Competing in the "Off the Market" race, Kylie finished in 31:21, and Christopher in 31:27.  Kylie placed 6th (of 23) and Christopher 4th (of 9), in their respective 25-29 age groups.   

Complete race results can be found here.

There were 265 participants in the "Off the Market" race, versus 101 in the "On the Market".  Of the "On the Market" participants, 82 were women.

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GROUNDHOG RUN 5K/10K (posted January 27th)

Over 3,000 runners, including seven from the Lake area, went underground on Sunday for Ability KC's 37th annual Groundhog Run.  The race, which includes 5K and 10K distance races, was held at the Hunt Midwest SubTropolis in comfortable 65-70 degree temperatures.  Staggered starts allowed runners to do both races.

Here are the results for our Lake-area runners:

ABILITY KC GROUNDHOG RUN 5K/10K
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
JANUARY 27, 2019
Name
City
Finish Time
Age Group
Age Group Place
10K:
Jade Fletcher Rocky Mount
51:51
F1-14
2 of 4
Angela Martin Osage Beach
57:43
F45-49
11 of 58
Willard Haley Eldon
1:06:09
M55-59
28 of 42
Jamie Greber Camdenton
1:10:21
F30-34
39 of 70
 
5K:
Jade Fletcher Rocky Mount
24:23
F1-14
2 of 76
Angela Martin Osage Beach
27:42
F45-49
5 of 148
Chris Webery Eldon
31:59
M25-29
54 of 96
Kylie Webery Eldon
31:59
F25-29
41 of 167
Cindy Martin Osage Beach
47:39
F50-54
91 of 127
 

Click to view the full results for the 10K or 5K.  

There were 2,331 and 963 finishers of the 5K and 10K, respectively.  The total of 3,294, which includes some runners who did both races, was up slightly from 3,152 last year.

Kent Lang of Sedalia, who won last November's Give 'Em The Bird 5K in Versailles, took 13th overall in the 10K with an outstanding 39:48, and won the 55-59 age group over 41 others.


Jade Fletcher pictured with the official mascot .

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RHETT'S OUTDOOR CHALLENGE 7K TRAIL RUN (updated January 27th)

Three runners from the Lake area joined 126 others at the sixth annual Rhett's Outdoor Challenge 7K Trail Run at Cosmo Park in Columbia on Saturday.

Sarah Wood of Eldon was our first local to finish, in 58:11. That placed Sarah second (of 13) in the women's 20-29 age group.

Finishing seconds later were Shanna Stark of Olean and Rosalie Dear of Versailles, who took 5th and 6th, respectively, among the 20 women in the 30-39 age group.  Shanna's finish time was 58:12; Rosalie finished seven seconds behind Shanna. 

Complete race results can be found here.

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DAVID'S TRAIL ENDURANCE RUN (posted January 19th)

Eight of our Lake-area runners traveled to Mountain Home, Arkansas on Saturday for the fourth annual David's Trail Endurance Run (Facebook page).  It was a brutally cold race, with temperatures dropping from near 40 at the start to the upper 20s by early afternoon.  Adding to the misery were rain, light snow and strong winds that brought wind chills down to the upper teens. 

Chris Boyle took third overall (of 35) in the 50K, finishing in 5:21:27.  (Amazingly, the overall winner crossed the finish line one hour ahead of Chris.)  

The next of our locals to finish was Aaron Koeppen, who finished in 6:38:32. This was Aaron's first ultramarathon.

John Shelby stepped up to the 50K distance this year, after doing the 25K the past two years.  It paid off with a victory in the men's 50-59 age group with a 6:49:57 finish.

In the 25K, Mary Boyle, Katie Roberts and Stacy Roberts ran and finished together, in 3:47:00.  This may have been Mary's first-ever 25K.

DAVID'S TRAIL ENDURANCE RUN
MOUNTAIN HOME, ARKANSAS
JANUARY 19, 2019
RESULTS FOR LAKE-AREA RUNNERS

Name
Finish Time
Age Group
Age Group Place
50K:
Chris Boyle
5:21:27
M40-49
1 of 14
Aaron Koeppen
6:38:32
M40-49
5 of 14
Scott Page
6:39:57
M40-49
6 of 14
John Shelby
6:49:57
M50-59
1 of 3
Rob Kucsik
7:34:14
M40-49
10 of 14
 
25K:
Mary Boyle
3:47:00
F30-39
4 of 7
Katie Roberts
3:47:00
F40-49
4 of 5
Stacy Roberts
3:47:00
M40-49
6 of 11
       

Scott Page passed along a few photos:

The Lake-area entourage: (front row, from left): Scott Page, Rob Kucsik, Stacy Roberts, Katie Roberts and John Shelby. Back row: Chris Boyle, Mary Boyle and Aaron Koeppen.


25K finishers Stacy Roberts, Katie Roberts
and Mary Boyle at the finish line.

Complete results can be found here.  They should soon appear here on UltraSignup.com.

There were 112 finishers at this year's race.  That was down from 156 finishers last year, and 218 in 2017.

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ARGO 13.1 HALF MARATHON (posted January 6th)

The winter edition of the semi-annual Argo 13.1, which bills itself as "Kansas City's Toughest Race", was held in Kansas City on Sunday.  Jade Fletcher, who ran the race's summer edition last July, made it her first race since being hit by a car three weeks ago.   Jade finished in 2:52:00, placing 45th (of 52) overall.  (She finished last July's brutally hot race in 3:10:45.) 

Complete results and lots of photos can be found at the race's Facebook page.

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2019 FIRST FINISHER  (posted January 1st)

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LOCAL RUNNERS AGING UP IN 2019  (posted January 1st)

With the dawn of a new year, here's an admittedly incomplete list of those who'll be joining new age groups sometime during 2019:

 
Turning
Shellie Alfaro
*
Chris Boyle
40
Tobby Eldridge
40
Scott Gray
40
Pete Groce
55
Doug Kueker
40
Angela Martin
*
Alysia Maschino
*
Paula O'Connor
*
Todd Raney
50
Stacy Roberts
45
Danny Stoelting
65
Michelle Waters
*
Jill Wedig
*
   
 * do you really think I'm dumb enough to post the women's ages?

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