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Roadrunners have fun in the mud

Posted: Sunday, April 29, 2001

Over fifty runners endured some nasty Saturday morning weather to compete in the 20th running of the Southeast Roadrunners' May Day Mud (and Mountain) Run.

Steven Schmidtz of Juneau took the overall win in the long race that started at the Fish Creek parking lot, headed up and down Fish Creek Trail, across the wetlands and back to the finish line back at the parking lot. Carol Johnson was the women's winner.

Don Eagle won the short race that started at Fish Creek and went across the wetlands and back again. Jo Marshall won the women's short race.

"It was a pretty good turnout," race coordinator Clayton Hawkes said. "The weather was pretty snotty at first but it got nicer later on."

 

Mud fun: From left to right: Jake Jacoby, Phil Ketcheson, Kurt Mason and Justin Dorn run together across the mud flats during the May Day Mud (and Mountain) Run on Saturday.

MICHAEL PENN / THE JUNEAU EMPIRE

The Mud Run one of the longest-running footraces in Juneau and very distinctive, known for it's ice-cold crossing of the Gastineau Channel at low tide.

This was the second year of the course having two crossings of the channel. Last year, a change was made due to abnormally low tides and this year the same course was used.

"It's good to change the course every couple of years,' Hawkes said.

The Mud Run's history goes back to 1981 when local inventor John Ingalls used the race as a promotional event for a Queen Ida concert. But organizers found out that the participants were either too tired to attend the concert after running the race or were more interested in the race than the concert.

After two years, organizers stopped sponsoring the event and that's when Jerry Buckley introduced the event to the running club and the Southeast Roadrunners have sponsored the event ever since.

The race is unique is several ways outside the obvious fact of crossing the channel. There is no marked course for the runners -- they are required to find their own best path across the wetlands and back.

"People seem to like the race," Hawkes said. "We do it at low tide and in a couple weeks, it'll green up and you'll never know we were here. It's pretty low impact environmentally."

MAY DAY MUD (AND MOUNTAIN) RUN

Short Race (about 3 miles) out and back across wetlands

MALE

AGE 13-UNDER -- 1. Cheyenne Sanchez, 43:41; 2. Andre Bunton, 49:31.

AGE 14-18 -- 1. Kurt Mason, 41:56; 2. Phil Ketchesan, 41:56; 3. Justin Dorn, 41:57; 4. Jake Jacoby, 41:58; 5. Nick Campbell, 46:30.

AGE 19-29 -- 1. James Knackstedt, 38:49; 2. Robert Bunton, 49:32.

AGE 30-34 -- 1. Don Eagle, 34:56 (overall winner); 2. Ben Tierney-Trevor, 35:58; 3. Richard Storrie, 37:48.

AGE 35-39 -- 1. Jim Ustasiewski, 36:55.

AGE 40-44 -- 1. Bruce Hahnlen, 47:32.

AGE 45-49 -- 1. Tony Yorba, 42:50; 2. Kurt Hopewell, 43:41; 3. Jeff Campbell, 46:31; 4. William Olmstead, 1:03:41.

AGE 50-59 -- 1. Tom McLaughlin, 36:08; 2. Don Beard, 40:33; 3. TJ Slagle, 45:37; 4. Steve Porter, 47:41; 5. Randy Moore, 1:02:29.

FEMALE

AGE 13-UNDER -- 1. Lauren Olmstead, 1:03:38.

AGE 14-18 -- 1. Jo Marshall, 46:54 (overall women's winner).

AGE 30-34 -- 1. Bridget Storie, 57:09.

AGE 40-44 -- 1. Mo Marshall, 57:13; 2. Kim Peterson, 1:04:01; 3. Melanie Millhorn, 1:04:03.

AGE 45-49 -- 1. Isabel Hesson, 1:02:26; 2. Laura Lucas, 1:02:30.

AGE 50-59 -- 1. Jan Beauchamp, 1:02:21.

Long Race (about 7 miles)

Up Fish Creek Trail, then out and back across wetlands

MALE

AGE 19-29 -- 1. Matt Beedle 1:08:51; 2. Steven Moreley, 1:15:52; 3. James Swanson, 1:49:39.

AGE 30-34 -- 1. Layne Brant, 58:29 (overall winner); 2. Chuck Platt, 1:02:00; 3. Edward Plumb, 1:21:53.

AGE 35-39 -- 1. John Blank, 1:47:25.

AGE 40-44 -- 1. Steven Schmitz, 58:27; 2. Ken Maas, 59:27; 3. Paul Dick, 1:07:10.

AGE 50-59 -- 1. Guy Thibodeau, 1:00:50; 2. Jerry Buckley, 1:06:47; 3. Andy Grossman, 1:11:12; 4. Keith Marshal, 1:17:33

AGE 60-OVER -- 1. Glenn Frick, 1:03:07.

FEMALE

AGE 30-34 -- 1. Carol Johnson, 1:46:53 (overall female winner); 2. Amy Carroll, 2:07:00.

AGE 35-39 -- 1. Lynne Johnson, 2:07:00.



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