THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Area Runners Medal At Noodleini Event
Mild temperatures greeted runners at the Noodleini 5K/15K run on Sunday, December 1 in DePere as several area athletes took part in the annual event sponsored by DuTriRun formerly known as Midwest Sports Events. Mark Jasper of Menominee topped all 635 runners in the 5K race capturing the overall win in 16:58. Even with some lingering soreness from his 50 mile ultra marathon debut in late October where he placed 3rd overall in the Door County Fall 50, Jasper blazed to the win covering each mile in an average of 5:28 to reclaim his title as overall winner from the 2012 edition.
Other local runners fared well with two top finishes, including Brian Cleven of Marinette placing 9th overall in 19:39 (3rd in male 25-29) and Ryan Rowell of Oconto Falls crossing the line in 14th in 20:34.
Amy Cleven of Marinette was top local female placing 40th overall and third in the female 25-29 age group in 22:06. Local runners competing in the 5K were Diane and Trinity Ries of Peshtigo, Eden Witt, Grace Witt, and Roxanne Hintz of Oconto Falls, Tracy Brabant, Theresa Morrow, and Brenda Preg of Oconto, Beth Zelten of Menominee, and Tim Peterson of Niagara.
Several runners opted for the longer 15 kilometer race (9.3 miles) and comprised part of the 413 total runners who tackled the distance. The top finisher in the area was Dan LaFave of Lena crossing the finish line in 1 hour 10 minutes with Andy Witt of Oconto Falls not far behind finishing in 1:12.
Local runners bringing home age group awards included Lori Witt of Oconto Falls placing 3rd in the female 40-44, Patti Whiting of Oconto placing 3rd in the female 60-64, and Kenn Zelten of Menominee capturing 2nd in the male 60-64 age group. Amanda Hyland and Kristin Blaser both of Oconto Falls also successfully completed the distance.
The Noodleini 5K and 15K marked the final events of 2013 season for DuTriRun. The 2014 season starts with the Resolution Solution Run on January 1 in Oshkosh followed next by the Seroogys 5K/15K on February 8 in De Pere and the St. Pats 5K/17K on March 16 in Kimberly.