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Saturday, August 11, 2012

2012 Jour De Fete 5K Run

Ste. Genevieve, MO -- August 11, 2012 (Results @ Cape Road Runners: (

The 30th annual running of the Jour De Fete 5K was a treat.  The weather, normally very hot and humid for this event, decided to give everyone a break and the participants gladly lined up at the starting area at 8:00 a.m. in low 60's temperatures.  Everyone was smiling at this fortunate change of conditions following an extremely hot and dry summer.

Several cars filled with Cape runners made the trek north to beautiful Ste Genevieve, Missouri for this race.  Our group of runners were fortunate enough to place 4 in the top 7 finishers and 5 in the top 12 overall placers as 54 year old Ron Rosati captured the 50-54 y/o age group with a solid 21:20 on this challenging course.  Chellie Jannin topped the 35-39 age division with a finish time of 23:31.  Her running partner Jessica Rosati finished 4th in this competitive division with a time of 26:09.  Great work ladies!
Cape Area Runners at Jour de Fete 2012: Kevin Hammes, Ron Rosati, Jessica Rosati,
Joe Windeknecht, Chell Jannin, Andy Johnson, Ashley Schmittzehe, and Steve Schmittzehe.
This race is interesting as the first mile is fast due to a couple of nice downhill sections.  The middle portion of this race is essentially flat while the third mile is the most challenging, with several hills leading back into Pere Marquette Park and the finish.  "Maxwell hill", or Max, is the showcase incline during the last mile and begins about the 2.2 mile mark, right as most runners are starting to feel the "burn" of their 5K race effort.

Maryville University runner Ashley Schmittzehe continued her domination in local road races by winning the overall women's title in 22:21 and finishing 18th overall in a field of 123 finishers. 
Female Overall Winner: Ashley Schmittzehe.
Special kudos to a couple of "Senior" Runners.  63 year old Don Hager finished 40th OA with a time of 25:41.  67 year old Carole Keil finished 61st in the field with a 28:16 finish time.  Outstanding efforts by both of these youngsters.

There were also three 14 year olds who finished in top 11 of this race as Ben Naeger, Coleman Erwin and William Zoughaib continue to impress people with their 5K road times.

Top 12 Finishers:

  1. Charles Beiseman, 31     16:21
  2. Colton Woolridge, 19      17:22
  3. Ben Naeger, 14                17:27
  4. Kevin Hammes, 47          18:02
  5. Andy Johnson, 36            18:59
  6. Joe Windeknecht, 45        19:15
  7. Steve Schmittzehe, 48      19:53
  8. Tyson Brown, 32              19:56
  9. Coleman Erwin, 14           20:23
  10. Josh Pinkley, 19                20:46
  11. William Zoughaib, 14         20:58
  12. Ron Rosati, 54                   21:20
The run was capped off with many nice door prizes and engraved finishing medals as well as trophies for the OA winners.  Cape Road Runners timed this event.
---K Hammes
Kevin Hammes: 4th Overall / 1st 45-49 AG.

Andy Johnson: 5th Overall / 1st 35-39 AG.

Joe Windeknecht: 6th Overall / 2nd 45-49 AG.

Steve Schmittzehe: 7th Overall / 3rd 45-49 AG.

Ron Rosati: 12th Overall / 1st 50-54 AG.

Chell Jannin: 5th Overall Female / 1st 35-39 AG.

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