This year’s participants of the Superman Road Race on June 12 were treated to nice temperatures as they hit the pavement throughout the streets of Metropolis and Fort Massac State Park.
According to Janet Foster, organizer of the race, “The race night was great. We watched the radar all afternoon, and it appeared something would occur around race time. However, the line of rain seemed to split and go around us. That was awesome.
“The United Way team has been a real blessing in the organization of the Superman Race. People don’t realize the preparation required for this event. More importantly, the race could not happen without the commitment of the volunteers, some of whom benefit from the United Way fundraisers, some whom are involved with MCHS Cross Country, including dedicated parents and a core group of volunteers who have been helping with registration as long as the race has been in existence,” explained Foster. “A big thank you goes out to all our sponsors for allowing us to provide shirts and towels to the participants and plaques to the winners.”
The race attracted more walkers than ever, at 106 participants due to the City of Metropolis firefighters sponsoring Walk For Jared.
Metropolis native Jared Bullock was severely injured in Afghanistan on Nov. 13, 2013 and since that time his family, friends and the community have offered their support for the fallen soldier.
“The addition of the firefighters walking made the event extra special and even a bit emotional,” Foster added. “ I am so glad they were able to do the walk for Jared.”
Jovan Winders, 16, of Mansfield, Tenn., was the top overall finisher at the race. He finished the four-mile course in 20:58.7.
Lindsey Zeiler, 29, of Metropolis, topped all the women runners, with a time of 25:11.6.
Master winners (age 40 and over) were Lance Winders, 51, of Mansfield, 22:49.6; and Liz Beck of Carbondale, 25:50.2.
Awards were given to the top three in each age category.
Local first place finishers included Terry Okerson, male 55 to 59, 23:34.4; Gina Dunning, female 55 to 59, 32:58.2; and Shiryl Walquist, female 70 to 97, 1:00.27.1
Second place finishers were Barry Woodward, male 30 to 34, 28:19.8; Mark Jones, male 35 to 39, 28:45.1; Izzy Hawes, female 14 and under, 40:55.6; Hannah Bullard, female 20 to 24, 42:52.9; Melody Schmidt, female 25 to 29, 27:18.6; Jessica Sawyer, female 35 to 39, 32:01.4; and Karen Womack, female 45 to 49, 35:08.2.
Third place finishers were Clayton Obermark, male 15 to 19, 28:37.8; Troy Lawrence, male 45 to 49, 26:23.5; Scott Lester, male 55 to 59, 33:40.3; Laurie Glass, female 50 to 54, 38:04.0
Other local participants were Collin Fiorentini, Luther Hawes, Brody Smallman, Lex Henderson, Seth Meeker, Kyle Lawrence, Kaleb Travis, Nick Christiansen, Cord Wittig and Steven Kinser.
Also: Myron Wessel, Aaron May, Mike Pool, Stan Farley, Kevin Smith, Sam Thompson, Greg Rednour, Mike Moorman, Paige Troutt and Emilee Troutt.
Also: Ivey Pool, Kyli Ablett, Emily Reed, Emma Pearcy, Autumn Long, Kirsten Faulkner, Peyton Helm, Mallory Wittig, Stephanie Woodward and Samantha Hathaway.
Also: Lindsey Kinser, Maggie Howet, Kristy Barnett, Kelly Mauer, Kortena Kulich, Gayla Long, Becky Hawes, Jamie Parker, Sarah May, Alissa Hayes, Carol Ellerbusch and Paula Foss.