The morning of the 25th Annual Lincoln Mile was sunny and beautifulâ€”a perfect morning for watching milers, trying your luck on mile trivia questions, and eating ice cream! The course had some new twists and turns but no constructionâ€”a huge plus. Itâ€™s a speedy tour of campus and a shocking realization for most that the mile is a tough race.
Runners started on 12th Street, near the intersection with Q Street. The course flew past the Temple Building, Sheldon, and the College of Business Administration; went under the link at Love Library; past Andrews and along Vineâ€”where the Lincoln Marathon used to start and finish; past Barnett and Morrill Hall and again past Love Library; and the final stretch was a good straightway taking finishers across the line in front of the Lied Center.
The first heat started at 8:00 a.m. with runners fifty years of age and older. This heatÂ had some impressive finishers. Stacy Shaw was the first woman to cross in 5:52, and Craig Christians was the first male with a time of 5:21. Seven men had finishing times of less than 6:00. The highlight was an intense race to the finish between Ross Greathouse, 78, and Ken Katzer, 75, who finished in 9:44.43 and 9:44.72, respectively.
The ten and under heat was amazing as always. The future of running is fast! Grace Lienemann, 8, finished in 7:25, and Carter Hohlen, 10, finished in 6:09. Four girls finished in under 8:00, while five boys finished in under 7:00. Way to go!
The Lincoln Running Company heat warmed up the crowd for the Elite Heat. And as soon as the starting gun went off, just a few minutes passed before the lead biker was spotted and a runner sprinted out of the shadows. Kyle Johnson, 31, won the heat with a time of 4:32; Wyatt McLeod, 18, took second in 4:33; and Eli Horton, 23, took third in 4:40. Taylor Johnson, 23, was the winner of the womenâ€™s heat with a time of 5:27, and Alexis Altmaier, 19, took second with 5:48.
For complete results, click here! Pictures coming soon!
Thanks to the sponsors of the Lincoln Running Co. Mile: Saucony, Super Saver, Norland Pure, and Dairy Store (yeah, the one on East Campus!), and the Lincoln Running Co. And thanks to the runners who have toed the line of the Lincoln Mile for the past twenty-five years! See you all next year!