The Lincoln Track Club started a new season with a new course for the Tabitha Miles for Meals Run. The race moved from Holmes Lake to a starting line on A Street, just east of 27th Street and near the Lincoln Childrenâ€™s Zooâ€™s new entrance. The new course took 10-milers down A to Normal and out toward 56th Street. Runners headed south on 56th to Calvert and followed Calvert to its intersection with the Rock Island Trail. A quick left onto the trail and south again to Old Cheney where runners turned around and followed Rock Island back to A Street and up to the finish line.
It was a chilly morning. Good for runners but cold for volunteers and spectators. Cory Logsdon of Omaha won the 10-mile with a time of 55:22, John Cleary took second in 56:07, and Andrew Jacob was third with a 57:30 finish. Mary Noel was the first female finisher with a time of 1:02:23, Anna Dilley was second in 1:04;32, and Shannon Suing took third in 1:04:40. Complete results for the 10-mile race are here.
In the 5K, Austin Post took first with a time of 15:54, Kyle Clouston was second in 16:58, and Ryan Duell was third with 17:52. Ashlyn Glann was the first woman with a time of 19:26, Lena Eschiti was second in 23:50, and Renee Gascon was third with a time of 24:21. Complete results for the 5K are here.
And this was the first race in the Kidsâ€™ Grand Prix series. More than 200 kids finished the 1-mile courseâ€”a great start to the season! Easton Zastrow, 12, was the first male finisher with a time of 5:55, and Kathleen Donovan, 11, was the first female with a 6:41 finish. Results for the mile are here. In all, the race raised over $3,700 for Meals on Wheels program.
Clarence Osborn, 101, of Lincoln finished the 1-mile race in 19:17, with a little help from his friends. Clarence has been a familiar face at LTC racesâ€”as a runner and a volunteerâ€”for more than forty years. In recent years heâ€™s done the Tabitha race in a wheelchair, getting up to walk across the finish line. Clarence died April 5, a week after finishing his last race. Read remembrances of him from the Omaha World Herald and the Lincoln Journal Star.
Thanks to the volunteers, runners, and spectators for helping the LTC kick off another great season of running!
Photos by Jeremy Mendoza.