Saturday, August 21, 2010

Brady, Marinangeli Pace Humid Cornfest 10K

The humidity couldn't have been much higher, but at least temperatures were only in the high 70s on Saturday at the CARA Runners Choice Circuit's westernmost race, the DeKalb Cornfest 10K. The event drew its usual strong field with Kyle Brady, 22, of Wheaton, winning the overall title in 31:33:33, and Jean Marinangeli, 26, of Arlington Heights, taking the women's crown in 36:08:19. Brady bested Chad Ware, 25, of Deerfield, who led early, but couldn't hold on against Brady in the brutally sticky weather. Ware ran 31:46.76. Both times are superb considering both runners are in full-bore marathon training with some triple-digit mileage weeks under their belts. Third went to always reliable Emisael Favela, 33, of Cicero, who also got under 32 with a 31:58.64. I'm not certain if Favela plans to run a fall marathon or not. Matt Thull of Milwaukee, who took second last year, was registered but did not compete. Back on the women's side, Marinangeli had things to herself. Second place was taken by Olivia Aranda, 31, of Rockford, who posted a 39:04.18, just edging third-place runner Tammy Lifka, 40, of Glen Ellyn, who came in at 39:05.5, easily the first female masters finisher. Top male master was Bob Cisler, 41, of Darien, who ran a 34:57.46. Immediately after the race, finish times were off by 16-17 seconds. I think they are still off by 3-4 seconds. Does anyone else think the times are slightly off? I know mine is shown as 4 seconds slower than what I got on my watch. There were 564 total finishers, up from 561 in 2009. Driving through almost zero-visibility fog to get there from the Chicago area added to the interesting day.

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