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Unity Run gets 140 runners

Posted: Sunday, July 08, 2007

 

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  With only his own shadow to chase, Todd Boonstra approaches the finish line to win the 5-kilometer Unity Run on Saturday morning. Boonstra topped runner-up Mark Blanning by 59 seconds. Photo by Jeff Helminiak

Tommy Honer and Ari Goldstien run together on the first of two climbs near the middle of the 10-mile Unity Run on Saturday. Honer won the men's race and Goldstien won the women's.

Photo by Jeff Helminiak

Halfway into the 10-mile race at Saturday's Kenai-Soldotna Unity Run, both Tommy Honer and Ari Goldstein had a comfortable lead in the men's and women's races, but their racing had just begun.

"I heard footsteps and I thought (second-place finisher) Jim (Danielson) was coming back on me," Honer said. "I turned around and saw it was Ari."

Goldstein, a former Alaska state champion cross country and track athlete and currently a runner at the University of Nebraska, pushed hard up the two hills that start about 5.5 miles into the race to try and lose Honer, who will be a senior at Skyview next year.

"I've been running those hills a lot, so I thought I would go hard up them and see if I could open up a lead on him," Goldstein said.

Honer did everything he could to hang on.

"I hate those hills," he said. "I had to work really hard to keep up with her. She's so strong that she was really good on those hills."

Honer stayed with Goldstein on the hills, then the two stayed together as the Unity Trail dropped down into Soldotna. With a little under a mile to go until the finish line at Soldotna High School, Honer made his move.

"When he went, I knew I did not have that today," Goldstein said.

 

With only his own shadow to chase, Todd Boonstra approaches the finish line to win the 5-kilometer Unity Run on Saturday morning. Boonstra topped runner-up Mark Blanning by 59 seconds.

Photo by Jeff Helminiak

Honer finished the race from Kenai Central High School to Soldotna High School in 1 hour, 2 minutes and 27 seconds, while Goldstein was clocked at 1:02:44. Danielson was second for the men at 1:04:46, while Alee Rowley was second for the women at 1:09:45.

Both Honer and Goldstein were glad to have somebody with which to run in the race. Goldstein used the race as part of her training for college, while Honer has an eye on the prep cross country season.

"I'd never met Ari, but I have been hearing about her since I was in middle school," Honer said.

In the 5-kilometer events, Todd Boonstra ran a 16:23 to defeat runner-up Mark Blanning by 59 seconds, while Laura Carpenter was clocked at 18:52 to top Holly Kopp by 12 seconds.

Boonstra is a three-time Olympic skier and four-time Mount Marathon champion, with his most recent title coming in 2003 at the age of 41.

"I used to show up at these races thinking that I'm going to win this one, but as I get older I show up and wonder if there is somebody younger that's going to beat me," Boonstra said.

Boonstra spends his summers in Ninilchik with his wife, Kelli, and two kids. A third child should arrive within the next month. In the winter, he is a teacher and ski coach in Galena. Boonstra and his wife have spent five years in Galena and have built up a ski program that last year saw 20 kids finish the season.

"I don't know if I'd call what I do training anymore," Boonstra said. "It's more just for fun. But when I come to these races, I still get the competitive juices flowing. Sometimes that's not a good thing because I'm not in as good a shape as I used to be."

Carpenter lives in Anchorage and was visiting the peninsula for the weekend. She heard about the race on Thursday, the day after she did a three-hour hike, and decided to go for it. Carpenter took the lead a mile into the race and was able to hold it even though she said her legs felt a bit tired.

"It was fun," said Carpenter, who finished third at the Curtis C. Menard II Memorial Run in Wasilla this year. "I didn't know what to expect, but it was a nice course. I was pretty flat, with a downhill."

The race, in its fourth year, had 140 participants, up from about 115 last year. Steve Stenga, the race organizer, said that pace of growth is perfect because it allows logistics to get worked out as more and more competitors show up.

Race proceeds go to the Soldotna, Kenai and Kenai River Rotary Clubs and fund projects that the club chooses.

"It's nice to see some of the top runners in the race, but it's nice to see all the families coming out too," Stenga said. "We're trying to make this a fun event for families."

Kenai-Soldotna Unity Run

Saturday

MEN

10-mile race

0 to 12 — 1. Paul Kopp, 1 hour, 30 minutes, 19 seconds.

13 to 17 — 1. Tommy Honer, 1:02:27; 2. Sam Racette, 1:16:53.

18 to 35 — 1. Charles Kopp, 1:14:26; 2. Nate Anderson, 1:22:53.

36 to 50 — 1. Jim Danielson, 1:04:46; 2. Kent Peterson, 1:06:47; 3. Ryan Smith, 1:09:03; 4. Michael Stangel, 1:16:30; 5. Tom Seggerman, 1:17:04; 6. Scott Moon, 1:28:14; 7. Jeff Belluomini, 1:28:15.

51 to 60 — 1. Bill Coghill, 1:09:57; 2. Pete Sprague, 1:30:38; 3. David Hall, 1:34:03; 4. David Norcross, 1:42:07; 5. Chris Morin, 1:47:32.

5-kilometer race

0 to 12 — 1. Jonah Theisen, 21:04; 2. Jordan Theisen, 23:11; 3. Callum Toohey, 24:10; 4. Daniel Haider, 24:26; 5. Patrick McVee, 24:26; 6. Brooks Furlong, 25:16; 7. Brenner Furlong, 28:31; 8. Aidan Bowers, 52:36.

13 to 17 — 1. Ryan Cox, 16:56; 2. Tyler Anderson, 16:57; 3. Josh Holly, 17:58; 4. Drew Edwards, 18:04.

18 to 35 — 1. Blake Arnold, 18:18; 2. Ty Kelly, 18:47; 3. Ryan Erickson, 20:21; 4. Paul Werner, 20:54; 5. Aaron Habermann, 23:15; 6. Ricky Bell, 26:11; 7. Josh Reilly, 30:42; 8. Daryl Palmer, 34:05.

36 to 50 — 1. Todd Boonstra, 16:23; 2. Mark Blanning, 17:22; 3. Paul Ostrander, 19:27; 4. John Mohorcich, 19:43; 5. Kevin Pullman, 23:07; 6. J.D. Duncan, 26:44; 7. Doug Schoessler, 31:05; 8. Kurt Haider, 38:37; 9. Mike Haggerty, 45:03.

51 to 60 — 1. Glenn Tinker, 27:17; 2. George Stein, 28:09; 3. Greg Russell, 33:14; 4. David Cox, 34:58; 5. Dave Carey, 50:57.

61 and over — 1. John Roderick, 22:02; 2. Erik Barnes, 34:10; 3. Jim Racette, 40:24; 4. Skip Isham, 50:15; 5. Joe Baldwin, 55:20.

WOMEN

10-mile race

13 to 17 — 1. Amanda Smith, 1:24:16.

18 to 35 — 1. Ari Goldstein, 1:02:44; 2. Alee Rowley, 1:09:45; 3. Riley Bennett, 1:26:54; 4. Aubrey Lee, 1:41:19.

36 to 50 — 1. Jenni Mishler, 1:15:15; 2. Teri Ostrander, 1:15:29; 3. Satorene Jackson, 1:16:28; 4. Sharon Smith, 1:17:12; 5. Alana Haider, 1:20:13; 6. Pam Burns, 1:23:16; 7. Candy Goldstein, 1:24:23; 8. Michelle Toohey, 1:24:29; 9. Shelly Furlong, 1:27:08; 10. Trish Kopp, 1:29:58; 11. Tamara Bronner, 1:32:56; 12. Laura Henkelman, 1:41:18; 13. Barb Belluomini, 1:46:33 14. Gayle Vdelhoren, 1:48:34; 15. Molly Bauder, 1:48:46; 16. Judy Phipps, 2:14:51; 17. Cyndi Henry, 2:14:53.

51 to 60 —1. Mindee Morning, 1:46:49; 2. Connie Wheat, 1:48:31; 3. Andrea Reese, 2:14:54; 4. Janice Tuter, 2:29:23.

5-kilometer race

0 to 12 — 1. Andi Reilly, 30:26; 2. Ella Stenga, 43:53; 3. Sloan Stenga, 45:00.

13 to 17 — 1. Holly Kopp, 19:04; 2. Molly Watkins, 19:21; 3. Rosika Nees, 21:13; 4. Maria Wick, 21:17; 5. Heidi Doner, 21:57; 6. Jessi Stenga, 23:05; 7. Paige Haider, 27:54; 8. Sarah Mohorcich, 30:42.

18 to 35 — 1. Laura Carpenter, 18:52; 2. Elizabeth Habermann, 19:37; 3. Johanna Doner, 21:26; 4. Elena Bird, 22:28; 5. Sarah Priggee, 23:45; 6. Krista Arthur, 25:40; 7. J. Lancaster-Jackson, 26:59; 8. Ann Claerbout, 28:32; 9. Leaha Snyder, 28:48; 10. Camille Vega, 31:48; 11. Susan Strausbaugh, 33:14; 12. Larissa Phillips, 34:01; 13. Elizabeth Parazoo, 43:35; 14. Nichole Streiff, 43:52; 15. Courtney Katzenberger, 45:13; 16. Katie Bowers, 54:42.

36 to 50 — 1. Lanie Hughes, 24:34; 2. Amy McVee, 25:53; 3. Laura Mohorcich, 26:22; 4. Jane Eveland, 26:27; 5. Heidi Metteer, 27:50; 6. Janice Habermann, 28:31; 7. Susan Pfaffe, 29:45; 8. Christine Nees, 30:16; 9. Jeanette Russell, 33:13; 10. Margo Reilly, 34:39; 11. Brenda Cox, 34:58; 12. Monica Frost, 36:08; 13. Jessica Gasprini, 45:01; 14. Sue Stein, 48:09; 15. Denise Harro, 48:29; 16. Laura Pellegrino, 50:58; 17. Dava Russ, 51:07; 18. Sarah Moore, 52:31; 19. LaDawn Druce, 52:34; 20. Linda Paul, 55:18.

51 to 60 — 1. Cinde Wagner, 33:47; 2. Sammie Cole, 41:37; 3. Bonnie Nichols, 45:12; 4. Judi McKee, 48:51; 5. Suzanne Richards, 54:49; 6. Jan Steadman, 54:53.

60 and over — 1. Forrest Nelson, 38:01; 2. Betty Dean, 45:18; 3. Bonnie Garwood, 49:08; 4. Jan Stenga, 51:05; 5. Irene Gibbons, 51:06; 6. Rachel Baldwin, 55:52.



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