April 17, 2013
Top: Francisco Rodriquez of Spain has been on a quest to run a race in every state in America while visiting this country. He chose the NJC Spring Fling 10K Run for his Colorado run, being named the top time in the 50 and over age division. (Courtesy Photo)
Middle: The Duggan Family were out in force during the first annual NJC Spring Fling Run. Dad Doug Duggan was second in his class and Luke Duggan and Josh Duggan were top placers in the 13-19 age division. Mom Debbie was their top supporter from the sideline. (Courtesy Photo)
Bottom: Peggy Swedlund, who has made huge milestones in her own fitness quest in recent years, finished her first 5K run ever during the Spring Fling. (Courtesy Photo)
The April 6th first annual Spring Fling Run sponsored by the Bank of Colorado Event Center at Northeastern Junior College drew 41 runners competing in five age categories for both the 5K and 10K classes.
Among those who were in Sterling to complete the run was Francisco Rodriquez of Spain who has been on a quest to run a race in every state in America while visiting this country. He completed the 10K, being named the top time in the 50 and over age division.
Following are first and second place listings by age. In the event only one name is listed, that is because they were the only completer in that particular age bracket. 5K placings were as follows: Age 12 and under: 1st place, Faith Trenkle (33.10); Age 13-19: 1st place Luke Duggan (24.14), 2nd place Josh Duggan(25.00); Age 20-34: 1st place, Mike McClaran 21.47); 2nd place Luis Colon (23.54); Age 35-49: 1st place Jodi Geis (26.42) and 2nd place Nicholas Miracle(29.53); Over age 50: 1st place John Jerman (22.14) and 2nd place Doug Duggan (25.02).
In the 10K run, in the 35-49 age bracket, Dale Walker was 1st place with a time of 42.20 followed by Jill Laybourn with a 47.55. In the 50 and over bracket, Francisco Rodriquez had the fastest time with 47.55 and Gene McKinley was second place running the race in 1:32:30.
“We had a really great time,” notes Kari Mueller, an assistant manager for the Bank of Colorado Event Center who also coordinates special events for the building. “It was fun to have the gentleman from Spain participate,” she said. “We were very excited to meet him. We had another runner who hit a fitness milestone and completed her first 5K, it was very inspirational watching her cross the finish line grinning from ear to ear.”
Northeastern will be involved with another race coming up in early May. The college’s Psychology Club and department will help sponsor the Centennial Mental Health 5K run/walk on Saturday, May 4th.
May is National Mental health Awareness month and this run is the kick-off to a number of events that Centennial will hold in May. The 5K will begin at or near Centennial ‘s headquarters on Main Street and end on the NJC campus. The proceeds of this event will be used to provide resources and potential scholarships for the students of the Post Crisis Team which serves Centennial’s service area.
Watch for more specific details to come in the media.