Saturday, March 16, 2013

Kaul, Druien Take St. Paddy's Day 5K

It wasn't the nicest day, blah and misty, maybe even sleety, but the times were fast and the field deep on Saturday in Naperville at the St. Paddy's Day 5K. More than 2,200 runners crossed the finish line with Willy Kaul winning the overall title with an impressive 14:56 and Amber Druien capturing the women's crown with a swift 18:12. Kaul 26, of Naperville, beat two top area runners as Kyle Brady, 24, of Naperville, took second in 15:10, and Mike Spain, 23, of Normal, took third in 15:18. All three were under five minutes a mile. Druien, 27, of Naperville, won the women's race handily. Runner-up Lauren Farley, 37, of Aurora, came across with an 18:46, and Karin Glenn, 42, of Naperville, placed third in 19:49. This was the first big race of the season with many more to come, starting with tomorrow's March Madness Half-Marathon in Cary. I've done it many times, but am not running it this year. Good luck and Happy St. Pat's Day to everyone who ran today or running tomorrow.

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