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Area Runners Honored As 5 Star Series Winners
Starting in 2005, the 5 Star Series annually offers athletes of all ages and abilities the opportunity to participate in running races ranging in distance from 5K to half marathon, duathlons, triathlons, and even an adventure race that are all held mainly in Northeast Wisconsin. Operated by DuTriRun based in Appleton (formerly Midwest Sports Events), the 5 Star Series tracks results throughout the racing season similar to Nascar and announces overall and age group winners at the end of the year. Points in the 5 Star Series come from an athletes age group placement in a minimum of 5 races of any type or distance.
For example, placing second in your age group at the Seroogys Valentine 5K Run results in 2 points added to your 5 Star Series total. Accumulating the lowest number of points throughout the year determines the winners. If an athlete participates in more than 5 races, then their best 5 results count towards the season standings, and if an athlete is the overall winner of a race they are awarded 0 points.
On December 19, DuTriRun hosted a banquet for participants of the 2013 edition of the 5 Star Series at the Aurora Baycare Sports Medicine clinic in Green Bay. For the 2013 racing season two local residents claimed age group titles and a former Menominee resident finished second.
Brian Cleven, a Bay Area Medical Center Athletic Trainer and Exercise Physiologist from Marinette, captured the male 25-29 age group with a total of 6 points, topping his 2012 total of 8 points. Brians wife Amy Cleven, a BAMC Nuclear Medicine Technologist, earned the female 25-29 title matching Brian with 6 points, improving her 2012 total of 9 points. Scott Kurilla, currently of Menasha and formerly of Menominee, finished 2nd in the male 45-49 age group with 28 points.
Kyle Schmidt of Catawaba claimed the title of overall series winner finishing with a total of 3 points for the season. Schmidt and Brian Cleven frequent many of the same events each year and have a friendly rivalry. The 2014 edition of the 5 Star Series looks to be a tight one with Brian starting his 2014 season with an overall win at the Resolution Solution 5K held in Oshkosh on New Years Day, thereby starting 2014 with 0 points through one event.
Upcoming DuTriRun events include: the Seroogys Valentine 5K/15K Run-Walk in De Pere on Saturday, February 8; St. Pats 5K/10 mile Run-Walk in Kimberly on Sunday, March 16; Oshkosh 5K/Half Marathon/Half Marathon Relay on April 13 and the first multisport event of the year, the Neenah Duathlon on Sunday, May 3.
The mission of DuTriRun exists as Providing safe, technically sound, fun and affordable events for the entire family. Hopefully 2014 will bring even more area participation and interest in running and multisport. Find out more information at www.dutrirun.com.