More than 600 running enthusiasts gathered at Ross’s Landing Saturday morning for the annual Center for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics Riverbend Run.
It was somewhat cool early in the day, but by the time the 10K and 5K races started around 7:30, it was more hot and humid than preferred.
Ryan McGinnis and Lindsay Mies were the overall winners in the 10K while Kevin Huwe and his wife Jennifer were the overall winners in the shorter 3.1-mile event.
All four received two VIP passes for a night at the Riverbend Festival for their effort.
McGinnis had explicit instructions from his wife that she wanted those two passes and that he needed to do what was necessary to make it happen.
He accomplished his mission after covering the out-and-back 6.2-mile course in 37 minutes, 59 seconds.
Jeremy Miller was the 10K runner-up in 38:22 while Josh Morin was third in 38:31.
Mies was the 10K winner last year in 43:43. She was 50 seconds faster this time around, despite running alone for most of the way.
Celeste Neville was the second female and 13th overall in 43:24 while Jennifer Funk was 26th overall and the third lady in 46:58.
Kevin Huwe and Ken Curran ran the first two miles of the 5K together before Huwe pulled away to win in 17:53. Curran had to settle for second in 18:27. Xian Campbell was third in 18:44.
Jennifer Huwe, who was second to Jessica Marlier in this race last year, finished seventh overall and two seconds faster than 2017 with a time of 20:14.
Kristen Bonsor was the second female and 10th overall in 20:54 while Marcie Davis was the third lady and 19th overall in 22:33.
“I had a good run this morning, but I was all alone after the midway point,” said McGinnis, the 35-year-old speedster who works for a car transport company.
“The heat started to get to me and it was hard to push, but my wife really wanted those passes and I decided to ease off the gas a bit so I wouldn’t blow up. I tried to widen my gap as we came up the hill by Battery Place, but I had a good run and I’m pleased,” he suggested afterward.
Miller really didn’t have any specific goals in mind, but he knew his chances of winning were greatly reduced when he saw McGinnis at the starting line.
“I had a really nice run and I really would have liked to catch Ryan, but there was no way. He took off when we got to Manker Patten and I didn’t see him again,” Miller reflected.
Mies is a 30-year-old stay-at-home mom with two young children. She really didn’t care what her time was or what place she got.
“It was a beautiful day and I just wanted to have a little fun out there. I won this race last year, but I really didn’t have any expectations today. I never saw any other ladies ahead of me at the start, so I just tried to run my own race,” she explained.
Kevin Huwe is a 31-year-old engineer who works for McKee Bakery. He had spent the week working in California and didn’t get home until late Friday, so he really didn’t know what to expect from Saturday’s race.
“It was a warm morning, but I was fine running with Ken for the first two miles. I didn’t feel my best as I guess I was tired, but I’m happy with it. I was just willing to take what the day brought for me. I’m not sure if he faded or I picked it up, but I got a little gap on him as we started the third mile,” Kevin remembered.
Kevin’s wife Jennifer is 28 and she too works for McKee. She knew before the race began that her chances of winning had greatly increased.
“I knew that Jessica wouldn’t be here and that helped out a lot, but I ran two seconds faster this year than last, so I’m happy. It was a hot and tough course, but I’m pleased,” Jennifer smiled.
Curran is a financial analyst for VW who knew he’d be running for second place after seeing Huwe before the race began.
“This was more like a good workout as I really didn’t plan to run hard today,” he began.
“Kevin is tough and I knew there would be no way for me to beat him. We were talking for the first mile and a half as we weren’t really running that hard. It really wasn’t a hard effort until the last half-mile,” Curran said afterward.
There were 352 finishers in the 5K and another 263 in the 10K.
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