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Saturday, November 21, 2009

29th Annual Turkey Run -15K/10K/5K Runs

Herrin, IL -- November 29, 2009

21 November, 2009 was the day of the 29th Annual Turkey Run in Herrin, Illinois.  The weather cooperated with lots of sun and a starting temperature of 48 degrees with a light breeze.  This course is a 5K loop around the town starting and ending near the Civic Center.  The gun went off with the 5K runners in front, 10K folks in the middle group and the 15K contestants in the back group. 

I felt good coming into this race and was using it as a last hard workout prior to the upcoming St. Jude half marathon.  All went well until the 6 mile mark of the race when I felt something "grab" along my right lower hamstring area.  As I was in third place overall at this point, I decided to shorten my stride and attempt to hold my position.  My 7th and 8th mile splits slowed considerably but I was able to pick it up during the last mile and finish with a respectable time.  My training partner Delbert Marriott ran a solid race and finished strong behind Carbondale's Brian Baillie.   ---KHammes

Top 5 Overall Male Winners:  15K

  1. Brian Baillie, 27, Carbondale, Illinois               51:51
  2. Delbert Marriott, 40, Sikeston, MO                59:36
  3. Kevin Hammes, 44, Scott City, MO              1:00:04
  4. Casey Prosise, 34, Nashville, Illinois              1:00:45
  5. Ronnie Dunn, 48, Paducah, KY                     1:01:21
Top 5 Overall Female Winners:  15K
  1. Jenna Griffith, 39, Marion, Ill                       1:04:10
  2. Leah Schell, 29, Cape Girardeau, MO        1:11:14
  3. Heidi Rasmussen, 34, Carbondale, Ill          1:12:34
  4. Barbie Ambuehl, 45, Kinmundy, Ill              1:17:54
  5. Julie Arendt, 37, Carbondale, Ill                  1:21:24

Top 5 Overall Winners:  10K

  1. Austin Pryor, 15, Eldorado, Illinois               38:54
  2. Arthur Waddle, 46, Dexter, MO                  39:05
  3. Dylan Gibson, 14, Carbondale, Illinois          41:28
  4. Mike Crouch, 47, Walnut Hill, Illinois           42:45
  5. Lacy Colson, 17, Carbondale, Illinois           44:04
Top 5 Overall Female Winners:  10K
  1. Lacy Colson, 17, Carbondale, Ill                44:04;  Impressive as she was top 5 OA in 10K
  2. Samantha Thierry, 19, O'Fallon, Ill             49:32
  3. Joanna Bean, 14, Carterville, Ill                  50:55
  4. Puma Pattumma, 29, Carterville, Ill             56:17
  5. Jennifer Miller-Louw, 30, Murphysboro      56:24

Top 5 Overall Male Winners: 5K

  1. Barry Parks, 18, Eldorado, Illinois               17:27
  2. Jordan Jones, 19, Salem, Illinois                   17:33
  3. Brad Blakey, 36, Herrin, Illinois                   17:38
  4. Scott Gill, 45, Marion, Illinois                       19:23
  5. Nathaniel Huffman, 19, Carbondale, Ill         20:19
Top 5 Overall Female Winners:  5K
  1. Marla Rathjen, 48, Jacob, Ill                      21:37
  2. Lisa Gibson, 45, Carbondale, Ill                22:32
  3. Emily Bleyer, 14, Carbondale                    23:19
  4. Sandy Tuttle, 46, Harrisburg, Ill                 23:27
  5. Sue Kramer, 55, Creal Springs, Ill             23:28
Good race for 3-5 positions as only 9 seconds separated these women.  Some excellent master's runners.

-Submitted by KHammes

Kevin Hammes (11), Delbert Marriott (center), Brian Baillie (45).

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