---5-Kilt Race in Fort Wayne, March 15......
Think Spring youngsters at the start of the half-mile race...
Photo slideshow --- HERE
FEBRUARY 16 - Spring may have been on the minds of runners at the annual Think Spring 5K in Ligonier but snow was still on the ground and in the air.
Despite the wintry conditions, Elias Rojas posted a winning time of 15:48, nearly two minutes ahead of second place finsher Ty Alles. Both are former West Noble HS distance runners. Ligonier Primary principal and race director Brian Shepherd was third in 17:49. Shepherd was also the masters winner (40+) and Jed Pearson was the grandmasters winner (50+).
Kirsten Hegelein, fourth overall in 19:45, was first among the women runners. Jamie Zeigler was second in 23:57 and Casey Wallen was third in 24:36. Connie Gordon and Betty nelson were masters and grandmasters champions.
Jazmyn Smith was the top finisher in the 1-mile race (7:29) and Isaiah Lowe was the top boy (7:46). Dozens of kindergarten and first-graders competed in a half-mile run.
Aaron Waggoner of Encompass Nutrients in Shipshewana, a main sponsor of the event, was on hand for the awards ceremony. Toenges Shoes was also a major sponsor.
Chris Brown 5K Prediction Run results --- HERE
Chris Brown 5K age division winners --- HERE
FEBRUARY 16 - Top finishers in the 7th annual Run It/Walk it for Chris Brown Prediction 5K at IPFW in Fort Wayne each came within one second of their predicted pace.
Mark Witmer was first among the men with an actual time of 23:01 and Bernadette Kosin, first among the women, finished in 29:01.
Other top men included Billy Larsen who ran three seconds faster (24:57) than his predicted time and Andrew Gritzmaker, five seconds slower than his predicted 18:37.
Other top women were Danita Keirn who was three seconds over her 23:01 prediction and Sharon Christian (left), also three seconds over her 26:00 predicted time.
Funds generated from the event support IPFW athletic/scholarship programs in honor of the late Chris Brown, a former IPFW distance runner.
Jeff Nidlinger and Krista McCormick win Fanny Freezer --- RESULTS!!!
Jeff Nidlinger 34, of Fort Wayne was the top finisher in 18:39. Eric Ade, 35, also from Fort Wayne, was second in 19:21. The top masters runner, Mark Furkis of Ligonier, 58, was third overall in 19:35.
The female winner was Krista McCormick, 16, of Auburn. McCormick placed 15th overall in 21:24. Second went to Jennifer Beakas, 25, of Auburn, in 22:09. Abby Brelage, 14, of Fort Wayne was third in 22:56.
PICTURED ABOVE: Mark Furkis and Jeff Nidlinger
Redskins Resolution 5K race --- PHOTO ALBUM