Shawn Miller wins his fifth Governor's Cup

Katie Krehlik, 15, is top female finisher

Posted: Sunday, July 17, 2005

Shawn Miller won a second term in office Saturday morning as Juneau's fastest runner by capturing his fifth consecutive victory in the Governor's Cup Fun Run and Walk with a personal-record time of 15:03.

The 28th annual 5K run was sponsored by the JRC/The Alaska Club and the non-profit Southeast Road Runners.

"This is one of the larger races and that helps make it stand out," Miller said. "It's the fastest 5K in town by a long ways because there is a net-loss in elevation from start to finish and if there is ever a wind it's always a tailwind blowing from the south and that helps make it real quick. It's a great course to set a personal record on."

Miller also had a tailwind of competition to help him maintain his fast pace. John Bursell had the second-best time of 16:25 with Robert Sowers just behind him at 16:51. Juneau-Douglas High School stand-out runners Tyler and Wesley Dinnan, coming off tremendous junior years, rounded out the top five with the times of 17:16 and 17:17, respectively.

"It was pretty good competition. Shawn ran a 15:03, that's a really good time," said Wesley Dinnan. "It's a pretty fast course, a lot of it's downhill."

Another accomplished Crimson Bear runner, 15-year-old Katie Krehlik, posted the fastest time for the women at 19:55.

Race coordinator Heather Johnson-Smith said this is a great event because it is open to runners of all ages. There were many winners in numerous age brackets, including an 8-and-under division.

"It's a fast course, so for the adults that's pretty awesome, for those who want a good time," Johnson-Smith said. "And then there's a kids event. It's a dollar for kids and they get a t-shirt ... it's a good little family event."

A runner herself, Johnson-Smith said she brought her daughter out to participate in the kids event, which included a half-mile race and a mile race.

Miller said the Governor's Cup is a fun race because the summer weather always brings out a solid group of runners.

"Juneau really has a fantastic running community," he said. "There's a lot of people out running all across the year at all levels, whether it's recreational or competitive, young, old, male, female, it doesn't matter, it's a very big part of the community."

Wesley Dinnan added, "It makes it a lot more fun to run in high school and to run around town because so many people are into running and being in shape, so it just makes the whole thing a community effort and it's a lot more fun that way."

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