Manning defends Beamer Run victory
MHS grad wins 10K; Bend's Groesz victorious in women's division
Blue skies and perfect weather accompanied the annual Todd Beamer Memorial Run on the Fourth of July.
The run, which kicks off Independence Day activities Madras, included a 10-kilometer race, a walk, a two-mile fun run and a ride-and-tie bicycle relay, included between 150 and 200 people.
Michael Manning, the MHS graduate now running at Notre Dame, was the overall winner of the 10-K. Manning posted a 31:27 mark. Jeanette Groesz of Bend was the top female finisher, crossing in 42:32.
10-K participants were bused from the Sahalee Park up Grizzly Road for 6.2 miles. At the starting point, Dr. Bud Beamer, Todd's father, thanked the runners for taking part, then set the race off with a horn.
Monty Gregg clocked a 33:48 as the second overall finisher, good enough to win the 30-39 category. Paul Morrison and Larry Zurcher were second and third in the division, with times of 36:11 and 43:51.
Another former MHS runner, Glenn Rodriguez, finished in 37:49 to win the 40-49 division. His son, Evan Rodriguez, was a few ticks better, though, crossing in 37:20 to win the 19 and under division. Blake Morrison's 50:35 was second in the youngest bracket.
Brad Courtney and Cody Brown followed Manning in the 20-29 group, finishing in 45:53 and 56:03, respectively.
Dr. Jack Woll's 47:39 led the 50-59 division. Rick Utter and Paul Leathelwood followed Woll with times of 52:21 and 56:03, respectively.
Three strong runners made the leaderboard in the 60-and-over class. Don Hildebrand finished in 51:31 to win the division while Gary Dixon and Donald Rudera crossed in 53:29 and 54:30.
The second place female finisher was Karlene Austin in 46:24, tops in the 40-49 group. Angela Harris was third overall in a 48:23, best in the 20-29 category.
Annee Earnest ran a brisk 51:42 to finish behind Harris overall and in category; Sally Cramer's 52:49 was fourth, and second to Groez in the 50-59 group; Victoria Burns was the lone runner in the under 19 class, finishing in 56:01.
Sara Ohman was the leader in the 30-39 group, clocking a 50:42. Colleen Morrison and Jennifer Hodges were second and third, going 56:32 and 62:45. Molly Keating finished in 53:16, second best in the 40-49 group.
Three teams of two competed in the ride-and-tie event.
A horde of runners and walkers -- several escorted by their four-legged running partners -- took part in the two-mile event. Nate Lewis, the Culver High standout, finished first. Detailed results of the two-mile event were not kept.
The annual run honors the memory of Todd Beamer. Beamer was a standout athlete at MHS, quarterback at Eastern Oregon State, and teacher before tragically drowning during a visit back home in Madras.