Run with the Knights Results, 2019
Dell, Kernan Run Away with the Night
The race took shape immediately upon commencing the Run with the Knights 5K, the third race in the Twilight Series, at Century High School. A lead pack of Grant Dell, Shaun Thompson, and Taylor Russell formed with a gap back several runners including women's leaders Colleen Kernan and Hannah Boudreau. On their return from the turnaround, the rest of the field could see that the packs had splintered, with gaps among the leaders in the order listed above. It turns out that those top three men and top two women are all 21 or 22. Both Grant and Colleen pulled away for healthy-sized wins. Erin McGrath cruised in at the third position for the women.
Brady Crone was the fourth woman and first masters. Sean Bradley made up ground, but couldn't quite reach the top three. Grandmaster and masters record-holder Steve Kartalia was the first men's masters. Tom Yinger was the first in the competitive 40-49 group. Ruth Taylor got her first 50-59 age-group win of the series. Bill Kelvey crushed the 60-69 group, while his counterpart Chris Reese did the same. Our most senior runner, Jim Bullock, was runner-up to Joe Loveland in 70-79. Jeanette Novak had a strong 5K for the corresponding women's group. One of the three 14 year-old boys was first in 15 & under as Nathan Chalk challenged a sub-20. Our youngest runner, 10 year-old Hope Faris, had a great run to dominate her age group.
Five of the highly appreciated volunteers ran in a second heat of the 5K, bringing the number of runners for the evening to an even 100. Our volunteers got us signed in, kept on course, hydrated and timed. The race director, Robert Holt, was assisted by Jean Smink, Heather Burker, Bree Burker, Stacey Crilly, Mia Crilly, Robert Muhl, Kate Ledbetter, Brynna Chalk, Riley Shelton, Candace Blancett, Karen Rinehart, Martha Isacco, and Simon Crisp. The usual suspects who commonly make the events happen were Joe Loveland, Chris Reese, and Liuda Galinaitis.
Next up on July 11 is the FSK 6K. Both 2017 winners of the FSK 6K, Grant Dell and Hannah Boudreau, showed us in this event that they are still in good form two years later. That weekend on July 14 is the annual WDF 5K. That Liuda-directed race is always a good time for the women who run it, and the men and women who volunteer for it.