Glacier 10K, mile races draw 131

Douglas' Geoff Roes takes 10K title in 35:04

Posted: Sunday, April 05, 2009

Undeterred by Juneau's typical spring conditions, 69 adults and 62 children flocked to the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Saturday to open the racing season with the annual Glacier 10k and Mile Road Races.

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Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire
Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire

Local runner Geoff Roes, 33, shook off the familiar chilly temperatures and steel-grey skies to take top honors in the 10k event, finishing in 35:04. After the race - an annual fundraiser put on by Southeast Road Runners to benefit the Juneau-Daouglas High School track and field teams - Roes praised the community for its efforts in supporting healthy activities for the next generation.

"Juneau is a great running community and promotes a lot of races," Roes said. "Aside from the money raised, I think it is good for the track kids to see this many people in the community who want to support them."

While teenagers from the track teams helped orchestrate the races, many younger participants jumped into the mix themselves. Prior to the start, 11-year-old Kevin Willard was looking forward to the medals all participants were awarded for participation.

Seven-year-old Cole Jensen had looked forward to the race as well but finished in 55th place. Although Jensen finished with a hearty wind-sprint to the finish line, he was slowed significantly by a side ache he blamed on his breakfast of a sausage McMuffin and hashbrown patty from McDonalds.

For the crowd of parents and other spectators gathered at the finish line, the younger children are often the highlight of the races.

"I really like to see the young ages coming out here to run because it is good to start to running at a young age and getting into the habit of being active," JDHS junior track team member, Elena Dolitsky said.

The adults anticipated taking on the officially sanctioned course, which is measured out "to the millimeter" according to May, on Saturday as well. For serious runners like Ben Gage, the out and back course is a perfect early season test piece. Gage held on to second place for two-thirds of the race before relinquishing his spot to John Bursell. Bursell finished the race with a time of 37:27 and Gage timed in 37:42.

"This is a fun course," Gage said. "It is fast and flat and the day is usually icy cool. I was giving it all I could to stay ahead of John but he was just too strong."

For the Women, Sue Doherty's 45:24 took first place, Cecile Elliot finished right behind with a time of 46:51 and Melani Fairbanks took third at 48:26.

For runners who will racing throughout the year, the Glacier 10k is a good early season event that allows runners the chance to see where their baseline fitness level is at after the long winter. For the JDHS track and field team, the race plays a vital role in the stability and concept of the team.

"This is a great annual race for us," May said. "It really fits because we are supporting and encouraging a healthy activity and it brings in some much needed fundraising for us to be able to bring more kids to track and field meets here in Southeast. The school district funds us up to 24 kids per meet, but we like to bring in 32-34 kids to each meet, so this helps us bring some of those extra kids along."

The fundraiser helps finance travel, equipment, uniforms, and other expenses. As a result, there are currently no personal activity fees associated with joining the JDHS track and field team.

Many locals head to the starting line each year to support the track and field team, but many others just show up for the sake of the race. The calendar said spring Saturday, but, organizers were just happy that a forecast for three-to-five new inches of snow proved false. Several JDHS track and field team members had their own reasons why they like themselves and others like the race too.

"I think one of the things that make the race so popular is that there are a lot of people who always do it and it is the only race at the glacier," JDHS freshman Karissa Jackson said.

"Usually it is snowy out on the road and it is interesting to see how many people come and run during the transition of winter and spring," Cassie Robistondo said.

"I love watching people share the same hobbies as me," JDHS junior Allison Delabruere said. "We are waiting for the snow to clear on the track, but that isn't stopping people from running out here. As a team, we have been running quite a bit out here or in the indoor field house and distance groups like this come out here to run in the snow because we love the snow."

Race results

GLACIER 10K RESULTS

NAME TIME PLACE

Geoff Roes 35:04 1

John Bursell 37:29 2

Ben Gage 37:42 3

Houston Laws 38:28 4

Wesley Brooks 39:24 5

Tracy Rivera 39:44 6

Scott Watts 40:15 7

Scott May 41:13 8

Chris Allen 43:31 9

Matt Thompson 44:30 10

Michael Ashton 44:31 11

Bob Marshall 45:01 12

Susan Doherty 45:24 13

John Kern 45:52 14

Dan Lesh 45:56 15

Mike McKrill 46:08 16

Cecile Elliott 46:51 17

Glen O'Frickmeister 47:01 18

Brady Deal 47:56 19

Melanie Fairbanks 48:26 20

Kerry Lear 48:29 21

Colleen Jardell 48:35 22

Karlynn Welling 49:20 23

Jim Grammel 49:35 24

Karrie Macauley 49:36 25

Hollis French 49:45 26

Rich Sjoroos 49:52 27

Scott Allee 50:09 28

Phillip Mitchell 50:37 29

Shawn Knoedler 50:45 30

Jennifer Watson 50:58 31

Kim Rivera 51:00 32

Dan Stickel 51:02 33

James Beedle 51:05 34

Jean Mason 51:06 35

Jamie Bursell 51:16 36

Molly Fox 51:48 37

Melanie Fox 52:35 38

Sherry Tamone 54:40 39

Jan Caulfield 55:09 40

Sara Raster 55:13 41

Sandi Woods 55:26 42

Bjoerh Evene Edberg 56:22 43

Nancy Jones 56:47 44

Jan Beauchamp 57:10 45

Clancy Cheeley 57:35 46

Megan Ahleman 58:57 47

Rachel Tarver 59:21 48

Hunter Brown 59:21 49

Mellisa Guillory 59:47 50

Don Bremner 1:00.06 51

Tom Albert 1:00.12 52

Jas Hetherington 1:00.15 53

Shawn Sowltz 1:00.25 54

Linda Mancuso 1:01.20 55

Jack Stickel 1:02.32 56

Tim Banaszak 1:03.45 57

Stetson Durand 1:03.55 58

Nicolas Wright 1:04.08 59

John Wright 1:04.08 60

Linda Vallie 1:04.11 61

Susetta Beattie 1:05.02 62

Rob Haight 1:08.06 63

Brian Bezenek 1:11.45 64

Glenn Miller 1:12.33 65

Martina Miller 1:12.33 66

Fred Dyson 1:17.49 67

Kimberly Vaughan 1:19.39 68

Fred Triem 1:20.09 69

GLACIER MILE RESULTS

NAME TIME PLACE

Nicholas Heidersdorf 6:51 1

Matt Lessmeir 6:58 2

Eli Gregory 7:07 3

Jack White 7:55 4

Sherrod Miller 7:59 5

Andrew Dilley 8:01 6

Mikayla May 8:04 7

Hansel Hinckle 8:13 8

Christina Apathy 8:17 9

Ariel Ginn 8:28 10

Israel Ginn 8:28 11

Cameron Jardell 8:29 12

McKie Gregory 8:29 13

Daunti Simms 8:37 14

Kari Miller 8:38 15

Georgia Robinson 8:41 16

Kane Ginter 8:41 17

Peggy French 8:42 18

Aiden Hopson 8:44 19

Kate Golden 8:48 20

Maddy Ayers 8:51 21

Bob Hopson 8:54 22

Malia Miller 9:00 23

Aurora Ward 9:01 24

Kade Jensen 9:03 25

Kevin Willard 9:10 26

Owen Squires 9:10 27

Marsha Squires 9:12 28

Thomas Hazel 9:24 29

Jarrett Garcia 9:26 30

DJ Scott 9:27 31

Jennifer Ward 9:30 32

Bailey Tagaban 9:35 33

Laura Barnhill 9:41 34

Jessica Mayer 9:45 35

Russell Southard 9:46 36

Ashlee Carella 9:54 37

Noah Heidersdorf 9:56 38

Zachary Lawhorne 9:58 39

Lance Lawhorne 9:59 40

Tatum Hines 10:04 41

Valery Taylor 10:05 42

Samantha Dilley 10:06 43

Seana Hines 10:07 44

Ryan Hart 10:15 45

Heather Cramer 10:15 46

Sara Peacock 10:38 47

Brickie Durand 10:52 48

Benjamin Macauley 10:53 49

Britny Petersen 10:55 50

Mia Hines 11:00 51

Rachel Macauley 11:01 52

Tyler Hannon 11:11 53

Stacy Hannon 11:24 54

Emily Pannell 11:25 55

Cole Jensen 11:28 56

Lorraine Stickel 11:38 57

Karl Tagaban 11:46 58

Darreien Walker 12:46 59

Johnny Barnhill 14:02 60

Will Robinson 14:04 61

Mike Barnhill 14:04 62



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