Monday, May 4, 2009

Palos Half One Fast Race

The Palos Bank Southwest Half-Marathon on Sunday produced plenty of great running. The fast course and fast runners made for some super-fast times. Congrats to all 1,098 who did this excellent event. Leading the pack was Japeth No Joy, a 22-year-old Kenyan, I believe, who is based in El Paso, TX. He ran 1:05:14, to beat fellow Kenyan Daniel Mbogo, 32 and living in Albuquerque, NM, who posted a 1:05:46. Jeff Jonaitis , 25, of Tinley Park did himself proud with his second third-place finish in two years, clocking 1:06:09. Next were Chad Ware, 24, of Deerfield, in 1:09:32 and Ryan Giuliano, 24, of Schaumburg, in 1:10:26. The women were led by Alona Bonai, 25, of Oak Park, who ran a 1:22:51. Local favorite Meg Sullivan, 29, of Palos Heights, was second in 1:24:09; Tina Chase, 38, of Granger, IN, was third in 1:25:02; Kim Castner, 45, of Naperville, was fourth in 1:25:08 and Amber Druien, 23, of Woodstock, was fifth in 1:25:20. The race timing was handled by Accu Split Timing Co. out of Bettendorf, IA. They also will time the Community Bank of Elmhurst 4 on the 4th. Give me any feedback you might have. And again, congrats to all who ran, organized (Mel Diab and company at Running for Kicks) and volunteered for this event.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It was nice to be able to park at the start/finish of the race and to be able to pick-up packet on race day.
However, the basic information provided regarding the race (mile markers, clocks, aid stations, type of fluid, and whether energy gel is provided) is not mention on website or in goodie bag. These are the BASIC information that should be mentioned - given that it's the second year of the race and one organized by an athletic shoe and accesory store, I am surprised. Even inauguaral races (eg. Wisconsin Marathon) has info. regarding aid stations.