February 25th, 2012 continued as another fabulous winter day in SE Missouri and Chaffee High School was the rally point for the 6th Annual Race For the Cure 5K run/walk. These folks always put on a great event and the 2012 edition was no exception.
The weather at 9:00 a.m was a breezy 38 degrees with bright sunshine and a wind blowing 14-15 mph from the NNW direction. The large crowd of racers toed the line and received final instructions from Coach Calkins prior to the race start by Coach Clair. The high schoolers and a few other brave runners darted out fast in an attempt to gain early position in the race. By the time the runners had reached Main Street and begun the 1.25 mile trek north they were working against a tricky crosswind from the NNW direction. As the leaders turned west onto Dame Street for a .50 mile section they were running directly into the wind and the wind definitely took it's toll on the competitors. There was a lot of jockeying for position as the runners finished the last portion of the race.
The last .25 mile of the race was a sprint to the finish down 5th Street back to the Chaffee High School and under the Cape Roadrunners finish line and race clock.
Top Overall Male went to Kevin Hammes of Scott City, MO in a time of 17:30
Top Overall Female went to Bridgett Stichnot in a time of 20:01. This young lady competes for Murray State University.
Age Group Winners:
10 and Under: Boys - Langdon Sheeter: 22:26; Girls - Aspen Emmons: 30:47
Age 11-15: Boys - Riley Duncan: 18:42; Girls - Jenya Zoughaib: 22:27
Age 16-20: Boys - Michael Nelson: 18:00; Girls - Madalyn Stichnot: 21:14
Age 21-25: Men -Jordan Althoff: 17:58; Women - Samantha Thierry: 20:34
Age 26-30: Men -Adam Roth: 22:55; Women - Amber Prasanphanich: 27:23
Age 31-35: Men - Lance Miller: 28:09; Women - Torrie Shumacker: 27:05
Age 36-40: Men - Taylor Vaughan: 17:44; Women - Chellie Jannin: 23:16
Age 41-45: Men - Joe Windeknecht: 18:34; Women - Tammy Statler: 25:59
Age 46-50: Men - Kevin Bramlett: 18:51; Women - Stephanie Bennett: 24:57
Age 51-55: Men - Rodney Roggow: 23:09; Women - Amy Sutherlin: 27:50
Age 56-60: Men - Dirk Sutherland: 28:05; Women - Pat Tollison: 27:39
Age 61-65: Men - Michael Davis: 39:39; Women - ***Renee Brown: 26:35
Age 66-70: Men - Ron Ruminer: 28:01; Women - Ernestine Bueter: 42:26
Age 71 +: Men - Bill Burlison: 43:59; Women - Peggy Griggs: 40:32
***Renee Brown's age-graded time was 74.84%, a top level regional class 5K time for her age group. Outstanding job Renee!
This race raised in excess of $1500 dollars for breast cancer awareness as well as several other significant donations to families which have been affected by this disease. The Chaffee races is one of my personal favorite races and always a great time. This year's official registration of 322 participants set a record for the race; I know Travis Calkins will be looking for 400+ next year so bring some friends along for a great race and a good time.
|Sixth Annual Chaffee Race for the Cure draws an event record of 322 entries.|
|Pack leaders Kevin Hammes, Taylor Vaughan (2nd Overall -- 17:44), Nick Klein (5th Overall -- 18:10), and Jordan Althoff escape the nasty headwind and begin their final dash to the finish line|
|Third Overall Jordan Althoff (17:58)|
|Fourth Overall Michael Nelson (18:00)|
|Overall Winner Kevin Hammes (17:30) and Female Overall Winner Bridgett Stihnot (20:01).|