The 20th Annual State Farm Run was held Saturday, March 24. Like many State Farm Runs, there was no sunshine, but luckily the rain held off. I am always amazed how many runners and volunteers still come out to run and help out with the coldest race of the year. The first Kidsâ€™ Grand Prix race of the 2018 season kicked off with the 1-mile at 8:30. The winner in the boys division was 11-year-old Easton Zastrow of Lincoln with a time of 6:30. Not too far behind him was our first girl, 12-year-old Shianne Benker from Greenwood crossing the finish line in 6:45.
The 10-mile race with over 330 runners took off at 9:00 on the State Farm campus and headed east on the beautiful MoPac Trail. Crossing the finish line first was 27-year-old Brett Rosauer of Iowa City with a time of 53:26. Nicole McIntire, 33, of Waverly finished in 1:06:23. The 5K started at 9:10 with over 300 runners. Cole Marolf, a 28-year-old from Omaha was the winner with a time of 16:15. The first female was 13-year-old Berlyn Schultz of Lincoln with a time of 19:10.
This was the final State Farm Run. I have been involved in this race since the first one was run in 1999. We didnâ€™t have a clue what we were doing back then, and we had bumps along the way, but this race grew to be a favorite for many runners who would come back year after year. I would like to thank all the volunteers that have helped over the past 20 years. Anyone who has been a race director knows that without volunteers these events would not be possible. I hear from so many of my volunteers how many runners thanked them along the way for what they are doing. Thatâ€™s what keeps our volunteers coming back too.
Article by Shelly Adcox. Photos by Tracy Murray.