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Voight, Ostrander outkick field in five-, 10-kilometer races

Women running for women

Posted: Sunday, August 13, 2000

Over 200 women and girls, from grade-schoolers to senior citizens, took to the streets of downtown Kenai Saturday to raise awareness of domestic violence as they took part in the 13th Kenai Peninsula Run For Women, organized by the Kenai-Soldotna Women's Resource and Crisis Center.

With the sun shining and no wind, organizers were blessed with good weather for the event, though some runners said cooler temperatures would have been better for them.

The first racer over the line was Angie Voight of Kenai with a time of 20 minutes, 25 seconds over the five-kilometer (3.1-mile) course. Voight, a college student in St. Paul, Minn., raced in the C division, for women 20-29 years old.

"The course was flatter this year, with less corners, so it was faster," Voight said.

The course for the five-kilometer race went from the park strip near the softball fields, down Main Street Loop, left on Willow Street, past the airport, back to Airport Way, right on Trading Bay Road, and right again on Main Street Loop to the start-finish line.

Voight was followed across the line 12 seconds later by Rebecca McMahan, a B division (ages 15-19) runner, with a time of 20:37. Another B division runner, Ashley Thomas, was third, with a time of 20:39. Each received a medal and a flower, among other prizes.

Other age-division winners were Jenni Hanson in D division (ages 30-39) with a time of 21:04; Sue Ford, E division (ages 40-49), with 21:11; Marci Mohler, A division (14 and under) with 22:14; Claudia Furlong, F division (50-59) with 25:44; and Ellie Tikka, G division (60 and over), with 36:50.

In the 10-kilometer race (6.2 miles), Teri Ostrander, a D division runner, took first overall with a time of 44:48, though she said she wanted to do better.

"I wanted seven-minute miles," Ostrander said. "I was supposed to pace a friend, but I couldn't get the time she wanted."

The 10 K race followed the 5 K course at the beginning and end, but went all the way up Airport Way to the Kenai Spur Highway, which it followed until Highbush Lane, where it swung around and backtracked to the finish.

Following Ostrander over the finish line 12 seconds later was another D division runner, Kenda Blanning. Michelle Hinkle, a C division runner, finished third overall with a time of 48:05.

Other age-division winners were Stephanie Thomas, E division, 49:27; Michelle Edwards, B division, 49:51; Mindee Morning, F division, 53:01; Angelica Adams, A division, 59:09; and Marlis Schmid, G division, 1:03:05.

Many of the participants in the event took their infants and toddlers around the course with them. The infants were mostly in strollers, though one woman carried her baby in a pack in front of her.

One young girl, apparently tired of riding, hopped out and ran alongside her stroller as her mother and she crossed the finish line.

Four teen-agers from Kenai Central High School, Edwards, Roxanna Wilcox, Mary Krusen and Katherine Amen, ran in suspenders and cargo shorts and did cartwheels in pairs as they finished the 10-kilometer event.

Another group of runners said after the race that their pre-race strategy helped them cover the five-kilometer course.

"Our strategy was to start off slow, and then taper off," unofficial group leader Kathy Tarr said. "And it worked, it worked great."

The race was run this year in honor of Dr. Paul Turner, who has volunteered for WRCC for many years, and was the announcer for the race Saturday.

"It's a pretty humbling thing," Turner said after he had sent the runners on their way. "It's a wonderful honor."

He also cheered on every participant over the public address system as they walked and ran past the park strip on their way to the finish line.

Turner said he gave WRCC a home when he was director of Central Peninsula Counseling Services in the late '70s, when it was located at Wildwood, and worked with them on crisis training.

"It's wonderful to see all the services available now to women and children. It's been a great benefit to the community," he said.

He also said he was excited to see so many women turn out for the race.

"I think it's great that the women can get together for a run. I know it's a hard issue in these times," he said.

WRCC interim executive director Heather Arnett said Turner conducted the first crisis line training and the training manual for the organization many years ago.

While the race is exclusively for women, men can volunteer to help, and if they'll organize it, Arnett said she would certainly be open to a men's division in the future.

Arnett said there were 75 volunteers who helped before, during and after the race. Planning for the race begins right after the last one, and takes all year.

"The organizational aspect is the toughest," Arnett said.

Course markers and traffic cones had to be placed, tents had to be set up at the park for registration and food, and volunteers had to follow the racers in a car to make sure everyone made it back safely.

The race costs between $2,000 and $3,000, with entry fees of $15 in advance and $20 on race day. However, Deb Eisele, an advocate with WRCC's Transitional Living Center, said the event is not intended to be a fund-raiser.

"It's more to raise awareness of domestic violence and the work we do," she said.

KENAI PENINSULA RUN FOR WOMEN

At Kenai

Saturday, August 12

5 Kilometers (3.1 miles)

Overall results

1. Angie Voight, 20:25; 2. Rebecca McMahan, 20:37; 3. Ashley Thomas, 20:39; 4. Jenni Hanson, 21:04; 5. Sue Ford, 21:11; 6. Marci Mohler, 22:14; 7. Genna DeYoung, 22:20; 8. Ari Goldstein, 23:45; 9. Amy Mc Vee, 23:53; 10. Mara Mohler, 24:07; 11. Melinda Haring, 24:08; 12. Sandra Adams, 24:13; 13. Karen Kromrey, 24:26; 14. Denise Newbould, 24:27; 15. Megan Thomas, 24:30; 16. Mary Stenga, 24:32; 17. Kaycie Schmelzenback, 24:44; 18. Katie Moerlein, 25:02; 19. Chisato Johnson, 25:17; 20. Kristine Moerlein, 25:19.

21. Jennifer Cowan, 25:22; 22. Sauah Tureson, 25:39; 23. Claudia Furlong, 25:44; 24. Alecia Wood, 26:01; 25. Brenda Oelrich, 26:04; 26. Rebekah Summer, 26:25; 27. Dawn Brown, 26:32; 28. Dawn King, 26:48; 29. Cheri Woods, 26:51; 30. Lysa McCauley, 27:35; 31. Jenni Stenga, 27:44; 32. Amy Favretto, 27:50; 33. Jessica Summer, 27:57; 34. Heidi Chay, 27:57; 35. Cassie Wilcox, 27:58; 36. Laura Harro, 27:58; 37. Natalie Newton, 27:58; 38. Shandra Milstein, 28:08; 39. Amy George, 28:09; 40. Danika Summer, 28:10.

41. Christine Morin, 28:14; 42. Jericho Moll, 28:15; 43. Eileen Bryson, 28:24; 44. Amber Brown 28:49; 45. Karen Van Der Sluis, 29:04; 46. Wendy Wiles, 29:12; 47. Kelly Thibodeau, 29:12; 48. Kari Palm, 29:35; 49. Annette Pankoski, 29:38; 50. Heather Saks, 30:00; 51. Laurie Bogdes, 30:09; 52. Tamara Miller, 30:15; 53. Angie Hamm-Brinkerhoff, 30:19; 54. Kendra Gwynn, 30:38; 55. Marquitta Andrus, 30:47; 56. Kathy Tarr, 30:53; 57. Katey Newton, 30:59; 58. Jacquelyn Cowan, 31:01; 59. Anne Castellina, 31:51; 60. Debbie Allen, 31:53.

61. MaryEllen Summer, 32:00; 62. Carol Simons, 32:15; 63. Doris Saks, 32:16; 64. Jessi Stenga, 32:51; 65. Darcy Swanson, 33:37; 66. Cherilee Beaudry, 34:30; 67. Brianne Bias, 34:31; 68. Margot Bias, 34:31; 69. Kelli Stroh, 43:45; 70. Vanessa Bias, 35:13; 71. Ruth Anderson, 35:50; 72. Cindy Rehm, 35:58; 73. Meghan Thibodeau, 36:08; 74. Sue Vowell, 36:34; 75. Mary Jan Hanley, 36:34; 76. Ellie Tikka, 36:50; 77. Copper Fuller, 37:15; 78. Nacny Thibodeau, 39:43; 79. Erin McDonald, 40:02; 80. Rebekah O'Brien, 40:03.

81. Tara Mann, 41:28; 82. Summer Shier, 41:46; 83. Carly Donlan, 42:45; 84. Kathy Donlan, 42:46; 85. Linda Swarner, 43:23; 86. Kathy Scott, 43:23; 87. Kathy Thompson, 44:14; 88. Colleen Carey, 44:19; 89. Mim Tauriainen, 44:33; 90. Lyndi Tauriainen, 44:33; 91. Stephanie Worthman, 45:03; 92. April Nyquist, 45:35; 93. Sonja Carr, 45:36; 94. Gloria Fullenwider, 45:37; 95. Valerie Pierce, 45:38; 96. Latanya Rossi, 45:43; 97. Beb Nyquist, 45:51; 98. Terri Zopf-Schoessler, 46.12; 99. Carol Tauriainen-Ernst, 46:48; 100. Loren Weimer, 47:17.

101. Ewa Jankowska, 47.33; 102. Joy Ann Morgan, 47:33; 103. Garnet Sarks, 48:47; 104. Crystal Hayes, 50:08; 105. Sally Tachick, 50:08; 106. Jane Dulum, 50:18; 107. Elizabeth hayes, 50:24; 108. Linda Dubie, 50:32; 109. Debora Fullinck, 50:37; 110. Charlotte Timison, 50:39; 111. Sandra Flagg, 50:49; 112. Sherry Smith, 50:52; 113. Gail Brena, 51:12; 114. Elaine Larson, 51:13; 115. Sue Liebner, 51:13; 116. Dale Kelley 51:14; 117. RuthAnn Urban, 51:14; 118. Joan Burnick, 51:20; 119. Chris Morriseau, 51:21; 120. Betty Stephenson, 52:16; 121. Vendela Aslund, 52:19; 122. Helena Aslund, 52:20; 123. Lisa Turner, 52:20; 124. Karen Brewer-Fair, 52:22; 125. Olivia Ann Fair, 52:22; 126. Sandra Whited, 53:48; 127. Jane Avery, 54:03; 128. Lauren Wakefield, 54:05; 129. Kathryn Tomrdle, 54:10; 130. Randi Smith, 54:10; 131. Ashley Rolph, 55:34; 132. Cathleen Rolph, 55:35; 133. Vicki Scott, 55:59; 134. Debra Van Raden, 56:18; 135. Anne McCabe, 56:18; 136. Natasha Johnson, 56:33; 137. Nicole Shelden, 56:36; 138. Alyson Stogsdill, 56:55; 139. Bonnie Golden, 56:56; 140. Betsy Arbelovsky, 56:56; 141. Donna Bartman, 57:10; 142. Joan Merrick, 57:11; 143. Jean Rogers, 59:34; 144. Alexandria Kiel, 1:00:05; 145. Marcia Beauchamp, 1:03:05.

10 Kilometers (6.2 miles)

Overall results

1. Teri Ostrander, 44:48; 2. Kenda Blanning, 45:00; 3. Michelle Hinkle, 48:05; 4. Charmin Shiely, 49:10; 5. Stephanie Thomas, 49: 49:27; 6. Michelle Edwards, 49:51; 7. Roxanna Wilcox, 49:52; 8. Mary Krusen, 49:53; 9. Katherine Amen, 49:54; 10. Carolyn Roush, 51:06; 11. Mindee Morning, 53:01; 12. Regina Theisen, 53:17; 13. Judy Fandrei, 53:51; 14. Wendy Bryden, 55:53; 15. Virginia Main, 58:42; 16. Angelica Adams, 59:09; 17. Rian Fletcher, 59:59; 18. Alyce Hughey, 1:00:12; 19. Sandy Wassilie, 1:01:01; 20. Patricia Weimer, 1:02:27.

21. Marlis Schmid, 1:03:05; 22. Nancy Wiles, 1:07:37; 23. Kathleen Arledge, 1:08:04; 24. Lane Beachamp, 1:09:08; 25. Heather Emmerich, 1:10:47; 26. Renie Cannava, 1:10:47; 27. Oralee Nudson, 1:12:55; 28. Willow Weimer, 1:12:56; 29. Nocole Popp, 1:15:00; 30. Marie Sweppy, 1:15:52; 31. Ashley Dickerson, 1:17:45; 32. Charlene Florence, 1:18:56; 33. Joni Dykstra, 1:18:58; 34. Shelby Dykstra 1:18:59; 35. Jessica Duke, 1:27:19; 36. Forrest Nelson, 1:29:19; 37. Betty Dean, 1:29:20; 38. Marilyn Johnson, 1:32:12; 39. Paula Standefer, 1:32:12; 40. Rubin Whiteside, 1:40:53.

41. Teri Hogue, 1:46:54; 42. Emily Nicholson, 1:47:06; 43. Shelly Dewsbury, 1:47:27; 44. Kari Mohn, 1:49:57; 45. Angie Zirger, 1:49:57.



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