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Ford, Aragon win Run for Women

Posted: August 10, 2013 - 9:21pm
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Runners line up for the annual Run for Women sponsored by the LeeShore Center Saturday August 10, 2013 on Main Street in Kenai, Alaska.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion Runners line up for the annual Run for Women sponsored by the LeeShore Center Saturday August 10, 2013 on Main Street in Kenai, Alaska.

One hundred fourteen women (and four men) took to the streets of downtown Kenai on Saturday morning, running for a cause in the 26th annual LeeShore Center Run for Women.

Rebecca Ford emerged victorious in the women’s five-kilometer race, topping her mother in a time of 19 minutes, 51 seconds. In the 10K event, Alexa Aragon beat defending winner Angie Voight with a time of 37:54, leading a trio of Aragon sisters in the top-four.

Men 17 years old and younger are able to race in the 5K event, starting last year, and Jordan Theisen continued his strong summer with the fastest time of the day, a 17:20 performance.

The race is a benefit for the LeeShore Center, which, since May 1977, has served as Kenai and the central Peninsula’s 24-hour domestic violence and sexual assault shelter — providing a safe place for women and children to go.

Ford, 23, said the flat street course proved to be boring at times, leaving her to find the self motivation to beat her mother, Sue Seggerman, who finished 2:42 after her daughter.

“We planned to run the race together, and she said she wouldn’t be able to keep up but I knew she was lying,” Ford said. “I took off after the first three minutes and held my distance, and at the turnaround I noticed she was right behind me. I could hear her back there.”

Last year’s 10K winner, Voight of St. Paul, Minn., was faced with competing with the Aragon sisters from Billings, Mont., this year. The oldest, Alexa, beat Voight by 53 seconds. Alexa, 21, and her sister, Danielle, 19, both run cross-country for Notre Dame.

“I ran with my younger sister until about halfway,” Aragon said. “It kind of got hard on the way back because it was windy, so it was a little tough thinking about holding her off.”

Danielle finished third and the youngest Aragon sister, Christina, 16, finished fourth.

Alexa said she and her family arrived in Alaska late on Friday, and just in time too. The group parked the family RV and stepped out Saturday morning ready to run.

“We heard there was a race so we joined in,” Aragon said. “We loved that it was a women’s run too, we have one in Montana that we always run.”

Theisen topped his Kenai Central running teammate Nate Mole by 2:31 to win the 5K race outright, even with a calf injury.

“I was a little on edge about doing it because I hurt my calf a couple weeks ago, so I’m just trying to get back to racing mode,” Theisen said. “This race is on pavement and I’m a minimalist shoe guy, so my calves hurt just a bit right now.”

Theisen has been a factor for the win in nearly every race he has entered this year, but said he may have to take additional measures to ensure he is healthy for the high school running season.

Even so, Mole was running with an ankle ailment, so Theisen didn’t have too much trouble distancing himself.

“The first stoplight is when he started pulling ahead,” Mole said.

Peninsula Run for Women

Saturday

Women’s 5-kilometer race

1. Rebecca Ford, 19 minutes, 51 seconds; 2. Sue Seggerman, 22:33; 3. Courtney Stroh, 22:54; 4. Viorica Thompson, 24:39; 5. Kathleen Aragon, 24:55; 6. Jessie Ruffridge, 25:23; 7. Carolyn Roush, 25:58; 8. Jennifer Jackson, 26:14; 9. Beverly Schindler, 27:17; 10. Sheilah-Margaret Pothast, 27:37; 11. Terri Cowart, 27:46; 12. Markie Shiflea, 27:52; 13. Regina Theisen, 28:08; 14. Megan Calloway, 28:39; 15. Shaleena Young, 28:40; 16. Katie Ring, 29:49; 17. Kathy Calloway, 30:36; 18. Janelle Hames, 31:14; 19. Kristina Goolsby, 32:06; 20. Naomi Barker, 33:08; 21. Julie Dorsey, 33:16; 22. Angelina Quiner, 33:17; 23. Maria Cox, 33:41; 24. Sabrina Hames, 33:45; 25. Rosy Drath, 34:23; 26. Brenda Johnson, 34:24; 27. Sheila Oelrich, 34:25; 28. Charlene Spiers, 34:43; 29. Heather Breitbeil, 34:52; 30. Jennifer Paz, 34:53; 31. Jennifer Tollackson, 35:46; 32. Patricia Montgomery, 37:17; 33. Lani Lauver, 37:45; 34. Terri Dennett, 38:25; 35. Lori Gray, 38:32; 36. Nadia Anders, 38:41; 37. Kimmy England, 39:50; 38. Kimberly Curren, 40:22; 39. Lindsey Kerr, 40:39; 40. Sydney Johnson, 41:18; 41. Kaarin Johnson, 41:18; 42. Becky Scudder, 42:00; 43. Kathleen Bush, 42:05; 44. Brenda Tye, 43:30; 45. Cathey Wallace, 44:31; 46. Hydra Murray, 44:32; 47. Heather Gaines, 44:35; 48. Misty McCown, 44:54; 49. Joan Merrick, 45:42; 50. Kaci Tauriainen, 47:35; 51. Susan Smalley, 47:36; 52. Cassandra Winslow, 47:37; 53. Monique Spiers, 47:41; 54. Mindee Morning, 47:57; 55. Christine Morin, 48:01; 56. Cassie Collins, 48:15; 57. Amelia Mueller, 49:19; 58. Vanessa Anderson, 51:13; 59. Lori Peikert, 51:14; 60. Khloe Anderson, 51:15; 61. Loralee Anderson, 51:31; 62. Laurie Cowgill, 53:02; 63. Susan Rorrison, 53:06; 64. Donna Bartman, 53:35; 65. Patricia Reilly, 53:56; 66. Dana Phillips, 56:49; 67. Sydney Tyler, 56:50; 68. Lane Beauchamp, 56:57; 69. Jessica Mahurin, 1:00:16.

Women’s 10-kilometer race

1. Alexa Aragon, 37:54; 2. Angie Voight, 38:47; 3. Danielle Aragon, 39:24; 4. Christina Aragon, 41:19; 5. Debbie Cropper, 42:10; 6. Susan Craig, 44:58; 7. AriAnna Goldstein, 46:22; 8. Jane Marshall, 47:38; 9. Paula Standerfer, 47:49; 10. Rachel Neuendorf, 48:11; 11. Ashley Anderson, 48:37; 12. Adrienne Chambers, 51:36; 13. Olivia Pfeifer, 52:34; 14. Alice Anderson, 53:17; 15. Miria Freas, 53:48; 16. Stephanie Winter, 54:18, 17. Candy Goldstein, 56:52; 18. Jenna Brown, 57:53; 19. Tammy Strausbaugh, 58:49; 20. Shelli Furlong, 59:37; 21. Kerri Nelson, 59:53; 22. Meg Mueller, 1:00:29; 23. Lanie Hughes, 1:01:35; 24. Leah Streich, 1:04:40; 25. Cynthia Detrow, 1:04:40; 26. Kimberly Pelo, 1:04:41; 27. Miranda Ralston, 1:05:06; 28. Anna Pfeifer, 1:08:02; 29. Peggy Leonard, 1:08:33; 30. Maria Sweepy, 1:09:19; 31. Jennifer Wells, 1:10:06; 32. Brodie Kimmel, 1:10:06; 33. Mary Rhyner, 1:11:57; 34. Alena Letzring, 1:13:16; 35. Nicole Gdula, 1:13:31; 36. Kenda Blanning, 1:13:32; 37. Patsy Marston, 1:14:24; 38. Kelly Hicks, 1:18:31; 39. Johnna Beech, 1:18:34; 40. Kathy Hammer, 1:18:35; 41. Yvonne Oren, 1:32:04; 42. Michelle Teates, 1:43:52; 43. Joan Seaman, 1:43:52; 44. Elizabeth Miller, 1:49:44; 45. Elaine Larson, 1:49:44.

Boys 5-kilometer race

1. Jordan Theisen, 17:20; 2. Nate Mole, 19:51; 3. Samuel Anders, 38:41; 4. Tucker Mueller, 49:20.

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