Spring 2016 Results Summary

Friday June 3, 2016

It was a beautiful, sunny, warm day. Perhaps more ideal for laying in hammock than for running a hard race but what can you do? A spirited field of 23 runners came out to play including a number of first time runners. Our little race is still going strong after all these years!

Every race features something unexpected and this spring was no exception. Without naming any names, one of our runners felt the urgent call of nature mid-race (hey, we've all been there) and was forced to make a pit stop in the long grasses that line the Walter Bean trail. As she crouched, it became clear that the heat and sweat was going to make getting her shorts back up in that position impossible. Her only choice was to pop up, Winnie the Pooh style, in full view of a couple of other runners that were passing by at that moment. Oops!

Our 10K winner has won the race twice before but, interestingly, never after making his own guess at a time. This time around, Glen Bergen was matching Shannon's steady pace when he was suddenly passed by an alarmingly shirtless Rick Groot. Thinking Rick might be on the right track, Glen accelerated from there to the end. Somehow, this all came together to put him 15 seconds ahead of his predicted pace for the win.

In the 5K race, happily married Olena Verwey came within 6 seconds of her time to win the trophy. We believe this makes Olena the first runner to have won all 3 of the RunDown Race trophies (10K, 5K and the Shoe of Shame). An unusual but noteworthy accomplishment.

The Shoe of Shame was a real family affair. Not only did Courtney Mitenko earn the shame by beating her time by over 4 minutes but her parents (Brian and Pat) were the next two runners over the line. It seems sandbagging runs in that family.

Finally, the Beat the Handicapper contest. This award goes to the person who knows people better than they know themselves. The person who can look past the predictions and into each person's soul to divine what pace they will run when all pretense is stripped away. This award was won by a first time racer, Brett Slomke, who has never met any of the other runners. Yes, it is better to be lucky than good.

See you all in the fall!

Spring 2016 picture
10 KM Results - Winner Glen Bergen
5 KM Results - Winner Olena Verwey
Shoe of Shame Award
The Shoe of Shame is awarded to the runner whose result is less than their submitted predicted time by the greatest amount.
Shoe of shame
This race, the shoe goes to first time racer, Courtney Mitenko, who ran 4 minutes and 12 seconds faster than her prediction.
Beat the Handicapper Contest
The Beat the Handicapper Contest is won by the person who correctly guesses the results of four other runners most accurately.
This award was won by another first time racer, Brett Slomke, who has never met any of the other runners, whose total prediction was off by only 69.44 seconds!!
Race Volunteers
The race wouldn't be a success without the generous help of the race volunteers. This year's volunteers were :
Olena Koulik
Alison Burton
Kathy Braungart
Marc DiBenedetto - special thanks to Marc for taking fantastic pictures at the race!
Race Organizing Committee
The race comes together twice a year through the efforts of the race organizing committee.
Alison Burton - race communication
Mike Theunissen - race results & preparation of race entries and fee collection
Jim Wendland, Mike Williams - race course detail
Glen Bergen - volunteers
Tracey Taylor-Wood - prize table
Olena Koulik - trophy engraving
Bob Dawson, Ryan Groen - web site
Dan Burton - bossing others