Remembering Ben

Ben Blackgoat memorial race draws 64 runners

Posted: Sunday, June 27, 2004

Ben Blackgoat loved to do training runs on Perseverance Trail. On Saturday, 64 runners were reminded why.

Geoff Williamson and Susie Burger won the men's and women's 7-mile titles in the eighth annual Ben Blackgoat Memorial Perseverance Trail Run, held with hazy sunshine filtering into a Gold Creek valley filled with the sound of rushing water and the sight of wildflowers and towering peaks.

Blackgoat was an up-and-coming runner at Juneau-Douglas High School when he slipped on ice and fell to his death along the trail in November 1996. His sister, Amanda Blackgoat, led the racers in a call-and-response song on Saturrday before the start. Several former JDHS teammates participated in the race.

The race started at the end of Basin Road. Runners ran along the road to the Gold Creek bridge, then turned around and headed up Perseverance Trail at the first trailhead.

Racers could choose to turn around at two spots on the trails - for runs of 2 or 4 miles - or turn around at the end of the trail for the full 7-mile run.

Williamson finished the 7-mile course in 41 minutes, 47 seconds, with Shawn Miller second (43:06) and current JDHS runner Tristan Knutson-Lombardo third (43:51).

Burger was the top women's 7-miler with a time of 55:14, good for 17th place overall. Sarah Clark (56:08, 19th overall) and Jean Mason (56:12, 20th) were the next two women to finish.

In the 4-mile race, Steve Parker won in 29:29 - more than four minutes ahead of second-place finisher David Thomson (33:55). Kim Kochanek took third place - first among women - with a time of 34:28.

In the 2-mile event, 13-year-old Ky Clark finished first in 14:43, followed by 15-year-old Benjamin Schlechter in 15:02 and Cameron Clark, 11, in 15:24. Cassie Anderson, 11, was fourth in 19:27.

BEN BLACKGOAT MEMORIAL

PERSEVERANCE TRAIL RUN

Results of Saturday's Ben Blackgoat Memorial Perseverance Trail Run, sponsored by the Southeast Road Runners and run on courses of 2, 4 or 7 miles. Times are rounded to the nearest second.

2-mile

1. Ky Clark, male, age 13, 14 minutes, 43 seconds; 2. Benjamin Schlechter, M, 15, 15:02; 3. Cameron Clark, M, 11, 15:24; 4. Cassie Anderson, female, 11, 19:27; 5. Elsa Robinson, F, 10, 22:04; 6. Dan Robinson, M, 37, 22:05; 7. Becca Pressman, F, 24, 22:47; 8. Julia Carlisle, F, 44, 23:29.

4-mile

1. Steve Parker, M, 54, 29:29; 2. David Thomson, M, 44, 33:55; 3. Kim Kochanek, F, 25, 34:28; 4. Elizabeth Parker, F, 14, 34:44; 5. Tara Jeans, F, 35, 36:06; 6. Robert Sawyer, M, 24, 37:18; 7. Kate Slotnick, F, 46, 39:47; 8. Stephanie Buss, F, 30, 44:45; 9. Sara Poor, F, 39, 44:46; 10. Emily Carleton, F, 27, 50:38.

7-mile

1. Geoff Williamson, M, 27, 41:47; 2. Shawn Miller, M, 24, 43:06; 3. Tristan Knutson-Lombardo, M, 18, 43:51; 4. tie, Wesley Dinnan, M, 16, 46:53; 4. tie, Tyler Dinnan, M, 16, 46:53; 6. Eric Ford, M, 23, 48:46; 7. Guy Thibodeau, M, 53, 48:48; 8. Greg Frank, M, 17, 49:42; 9. Tim Connors, M, 37, 49:52; 10. Chris Garber, M, 28, 52:12; 11. John Walsh, M, 45, 52:24; 12. John Caouette, M, 40, 53:44; 13. Brendan McGrath, M, 28, 53:45; 14. tie, Corey Denton, M, 23, 54:22; 14. tie, Todd Denton, M, 24, 54:22; 16. Jim Ustasiewski, M, 40, 54:51; 17. Susie Burger, F, 30, 55:14; 18. Zane Clark, M, 43, 55:45; 19. Sarah Clark, F, 26, 56:08; 20. Jean Mason, F, 40, 56:12.

21. Philip Dierking, M, 19, 56:20; 22. Eric Twelker, M, 54, 58:24; 23. Glenn Frick, M, 65, 58:33; 24. Bob Marshall, M, 56, 58:37; 25. Janeann Twelker, F, 51, 59:46; 26. Ken Brown, M, 44, 59:46; 27. Jamie Spooner, F, 27, 1:00:02; 28. Kate McKenna, F, 25, 1:00:52; 29. Carlos Cadiente, M, 54, 1:02:14; 30. Robert Bunton, M, 30, 1:02:36; 31. Erik Schlechter, M, 13, 1:04:28; 32. Andre Bunton, M, 11, 1:05:04; 33. Lindsay Dewar, F, 28, 1:05:53; 34. Riann Siciak, F, 26, 1:05:54; 35. Elizabeth Adams, F, 24, 1:06:08; 36. Clint Farr, M, 31, 1:06:46; 37. David Buss, M, 32, 1:06:53; 38. Kirsten Pike, F, 26, 1:08:10; 39. Tracy Olson, F, 26, 1:08:13; 40. Jamie Bursell, F, 41, 1:08:21.

41. Denise Koch, F, 30, 1:11:25; 42. Milo Adkison, M, 42, 1:11:26; 43. Roger Bunton, M, 31, 1:11:56; 44. Jill Anderson, F, 38, 1:15:04; 45. Marian Koelsch, F, 57, 1:15:05; 46. Karen Laquaglia, F, 49, 1:19:46.



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