Benton, Missouri always puts on a nice run on the second day of their annual Neighbor Day celebration. I hadn't run a race in Benton since 1998 and decided to venture down the highway a few miles to check out the course prior to watching some high school XC at Jackson, Missouri.
Mother Nature was kind to us as we had cloudy conditions and upper 60's at race time. Considering the summer weather this year, I don't think anyone was complaining. Just before the start of the race a light drizzle/rain began to come down intermittently but did not affect the course in a negative way.
Forty three people came out to the 2012 race. The race began behind the Post office in Benton and was an out-and-back course along the blacktop roads heading south out of town. The only hill on the course was approx three-tenths of a mile into the race and consisted of a moderate, winding decline for approx .25 miles. We ran down on the way out and had to battle it on the way back toward the finish line prior to flattening out for the final 1/3 of a mile.
Our escort was a 4 wheeler with the soon-to-be Ironman from Cape Girardeau, MO. Taylor Vaughan on the back of the vehicle shouting encouragement to the runners as they worked through the 3.1 mile course.
Overall female and male finishers were Lisa Georger and Kevin Hammes.
Top 15 Finishers
- Kevin Hammes - 18:06
- Jimmy Wolsey - 21:00
- Kenneth Ray - 21:12
- Trey Simmons - 21:18
- Dusty Ashby - 21:31
- Adam Doughhefee - 22:14
- Lisa Georger - 22:32
- Shelly Cox - 26:28
- Rocky Walker - 26:49
- Ken O'Neal - 27:20
- Michelle Ruppel - 27:29
- Mark Wilson - 27:34
- Cara Johnson - 27:49
- Dennis Tew - 28:43
- Ryan Burger - 28:59
14 and Under: Male: Jeremiah Worley - 30:46
15-19: Female: Victoria Duenne - 38:04
20-29: Male: Trey Simmons - 21:18 Female: Lisa Georger - 22:32
30-39: Male: Dusty Ashby - 21:31 Female: Michelle Ruppel - 27:29
40-49: Male: Rocky Walker - 26:49 Female: Shelly Cox - 26:28
50-59: Male: Ken O'Neal - 27:20 Female: Mary Ann Kiefer - 32:41
60+: Male: William James - 36:50 Female: Patsy Burger - 48:39
Thanks to Cape RoadRunners for timing the race. Full results can be found at www.caperoadrunners.org