Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Quality Shines Through at Park Forest
The little run that could did it again with a stellar field, great organiazation and wonderful atmosphere on Monday down in Park Forest. Kudos to race director Bud James for holding things together as the "new" five miler was held for the third time after 30 dashing years of the national-class Scenic 10-miler. There were 290 finishers, but not many slow ones! Defending champion Julius Kiptoo, 33, led a Kenyan 1-2-3 sweep on the men's side with a 23:46 (chip time 23:45), despite having to run much of the last mile into a stiff headwind. Second went to Moses Waweru, 32, in 24:01 (chip time the same), and third belonged to James Boitt, 31, in 24:12 (chip time the same). First non-Kenyan was fourth-place finisher Brandon Mull, 24, of Wheaton, who ran 24:18 (same chip time). On the women's side, CARA overall leader Jean Marinangeli, 26, of Arlington Heights, moved into the lead at about 3.5 miles and crossed the line first in 28:21 (chip time 28:19). Bethany Brewster , 30, of Madison, WI, was second after vying for the lead with a 28:34 (28:33 chip), and Columba Montes, 31, of Chicago, was third in 28:55 (28:54). Prize money was $500 for the winners, $400 for the runners-up and $300 for the third-place finishers. Two-time women's champion Lucie Mays-Sulewski, 40, of Westfield, IN, was fourth in 29:30.