2014 St. Louis Children’s Hospital Make Tracks for the Zoo 5K race

Again this year, I’m a bit late with posting the results and information about the 2014 St. Louis Children’s Hospital Make Tracks for the Zoo 5K, but alas, at least it’s coming now. The race was much like last year’s in that it was the same course, start time, et cetera. This year, though, it was much cooler outside. That made for an even better run!

There were fewer runners this year (slipping from 2133 to 1828 [a drop of 305[), but some great contenders! Though my time was improved by 16 seconds (down to 19’28″ from my 19’44″ last year), I slipped by one spot from 13th to 14th. That just tells me that there were more excellent runners this year even than last year. Below is a screen capture of the top 15 overall, but you can see the full results on ChronoTrack’s event site, which was managed by Big River Race Management.


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Some of the most impressive times to me were:

Jacksen McNeal – 6-years-old – 31’41″
Joe Barzilai – 100-years-old – 37’49″

When I was 6-years-old, I wasn’t even thinking about running competitively, and I hope that I am still able to walk (let alone run) when I’m 100-years-old!

Again this year, this was an outstanding run, and I hope to break 19′ flat by the time of the race next year.

Keep running, and remember, you’re only in competition with yourself!

Cheers,
Zach

2013 Children’s Home and Aid 5K in Belleville, IL

This past Saturday (10 August 2013) was the second annual Children’s Home and Aid “Take Steps to End Child Abuse” 5K race in Belleville, IL. I actually hadn’t heard of this organisation until this race popped up on active.com, which is unfortunate, because they are doing amazing things for children and families all over Illinois. I have made a pact with myself to only run in races that support children’s charities, and believe it or not, they are fewer and further between than one might think. Lucky for me, though, I found out about this great race in time!

The weather on Saturday morning was absolutely perfect for a run. It was about 20ºC (~68ºF) at the start of the run, and there was virtually no humidity (which is really shocking for this area August)! There was even a light breeze, which made the conditions even nicer. Unlike my most recent race (the 2013 St. Louis Children’s Hospital “Make Tracks for the Zoo” run), the turnout for this race was much smaller. Instead of having several thousand participants, this one may have hit 100 total. That being said, the spirit there was huge!


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Except for some potholes in the first stretch of the course, and the occasional intersection where police officers had to stop traffic, the race went very smoothly! The only thing that I would have liked is to have seen some mile markers along the way. I found it a bit difficult to keep my pace since I didn’t know how far I had gone, or how much farther I had to go before the finish line. Other than that oversight, I think that they did a wonderful job setting up the event!

I came in first place overall, with a time of 19’21″. As always, though, I was only in competition with myself. My time to beat was 19’44″, so I was very happy with my performance this time. Shaving off 23 seconds was good enough for the few months of training. It’s my hope that I can break 19 minutes next time though. The results are up on Running Start Sports’ website, and I have copied them below:

2nd Annual Taking Steps 5K Run/Walk - Belleville, IL			
Saturday, 10 August 2013		

Male:		
POA	PLACE	First		Last		AGE	TIME	
1	1	Nathan		Zachary		28	19:21	
2	1	Brad		Lanius		29	20:24	
3	1	CJ		Rogers		32	21:17	
4	2	Dave		Wylre		31	21:37	
5	1	Fred		Rice		46	22:02	
6	2	Richard		Santiago	46	23:18	
7	1	Adrian		Storey		55	24:35	
8	2	Phil		Brucker		57	25:12	
9	2	Brendan		Purcell		26	25:48	
10	3	Josh		O'Toole		39	25:56	
11	3	Derrek		Milkovich	24	26:22	
12	3	Kevin		Mecklerburg	40	26:41	
13	4	Erik		Meyer		39	27:23	
14	4	John		McCracken	45	27:50	
15	1	Bill		Beebe		66	28:05	
16	5	Dan		Lucas		43	29:19	
17	1	Will		Yeager		18	29:36	
18	1	Daniel		Giles		13	29:39	
19	4	Tyler		Petrillo	21	30:18	
20	3	Darryl		Lindsey		53	30:44	
21	2	Greg		Mondloh		60	30:53	
22	3	Dan		Harres		61	31:00	
23	6	Michael		Giles		46	32:16	
24	7	John		Schobert	48	32:33	
25	5	Jamey		Schuls		28	32:41	
26	4	Kevin		Horcher		51	32:45	
27	8	Matt		Huller		41	33:45	
28	9	Rob		Dyer		42	35:58	
29	2	Nathan		Dyer		10	35:59	
30	5	Jonathan	Forbes		53	38:11	
31	4	David		Chumley		62	38:29	
32	6	Michael		Heaton		54	40:36	
33	7	Danny		Halel		57	56:27	
34	10	Mike		Springer	45	59:18	
35	3	Andrew		O'Toole		10	59:19	

Female:			
POA	PLACE	First		Last		AGE	TIME	
1	1	Emma		Farley		17	22:04	
2	1	Ashley		Johnson		27	24:37	
3	1	Lori		Fernandez	35	24:38	
4	1	Emily		Killebrew	17	24:42	
5	1	Tracy		Lake		50	24:50	
6	1	Lucy		Farley		12	25:40	
7	1	Lisa		Scharf		44	25:58	
8	2	Stephanie	Ralston		24	26:21	
9	3	Jessica		Pietroburgo	22	27:35	
10	2	Cartelia	Lucas		37	29:18	
11	1	Paula		Mondloh		60	29:58	
12	3	Dawn		Sander		34	31:12	
13	4	Dawn		Kelly		37	31:44	
14	5	Theresa		Zishka		31	31:55	
15	4	Corinne		Fish		28	32:12	
16	2	Julie		Schrand		45	32:18	
17	6	Wendy		Bradley		36	32:34	
18	5	Angela		Shuls		27	32:58	
19	7	Rebecca		Auller		36	33:57	
20	2	C		Goto		58	34:32	
21	3	Nancy		Innes		40	34:47	
22	8	Nicole		Plegge		36	36:18	
23	3	Teresa		Rutz		52	36:38	
24	4	Marla		David		50	36:58	
25	4	Spring		Gibson		41	38:40	
26	5	Tanya		Schiber		48	39:42	
27	6	Yvonne		Bonner		44	39:50	
28	7	Yvette		Rhodes		49	40:10	
29	5	Taraji		Smith		51	44:13	
30	8	Lisa		Teren		45	44:15	
31	9	Suzi		Kollman		45	46:04	
32	10	Rayette		Milkovich	48	46:06	
33	11	Linda		Schlotterbeck	42	46:51	
34	12	Zimmerman-Roe	Sheila		48	48:07	
35	2	Sandra		Forney		61	49:36	
36	9	Stephanie	Galetti		35	52:08	
37	13	Laura		Choate		42	52:59	
38	6	Renee		Grimm		52	55:05	
39	14	Tamela		Milkovich	48	55:35	
40	10	Kristi		Edwards		39	57:21	
41	15	Tami		Springer	45	59:18	
42	2	Lydia		Hayes		12	59:40	

Cheers,
Zach

2013 St. Louis Children’s Hospital Make Tracks for the Zoo 5K race

Okay, okay, I know that I’m REALLY late in posting information about the 2013 St. Louis Children’s Hospital Make Tracks for the Zoo run (seeing as it took place on Sunday, 19 May 2013), but better late than never, right? Right. This year was the first year that I had actually participated in the 5K race, and overall, it was a blast! The run was sponsored by the absolutely amazing St. Louis Children’s Hospital (currently ranked #6 in paediatric hospitals in the United States), and proceeds went to the St. Louis Zoo The Zoo, in my opinion, is undoubtedly the best attraction in the city.

Now, regarding the race itself, it was a great 5K through Forest Park, and the weather was pretty great considering the time of year. It wasn’t all that humid, and the temperatures were even fairly mild. There were about 2100 people that ran in the competitive 5K, and I believe about 1000 more that participated on a non-competitive level.

I think that I did fairly well in this particular race. My time was 19’44″, which put me in 13th place overall, and 2nd in my sex/age bracket:


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As of right now, you can still search through the results through the Big River Race Management site, or by going directly to the event results page. I think that the most impressive runners of the day were either Bob Tarrant, who at age 75 completed the race in 28’19″, or Tyler Reynolds, who at just 6-years-old finished 26’59″. There was also a really little kid (probably about 3) who ran in one of the Fun Runs, and actually finished!

This was one of the most fun races that I’ve been in, and I will definitely do it again in the upcoming years!

Cheers,
Zach