Archive for Wednesday, June 4, 2003

Running club hits Nebraska

June 4, 2003

On May 4, the Tonganoxie Striders took their running shoes to Lincoln, Neb., for a half-marathon through the capital city.

The local running club had five members participate in the 13.1-mile course. They were part of the 1,890 runners at the event who braved the weather in the distance race.

"It was pouring during the whole race," Debbie Zerrer said. "Everyone did really good."

Zerrer, who was the top Tonganoxie finisher, was 566th overall, but 21st of out 153 in her age group. She finished the course in 1 hour, 53 minutes, 6 seconds.

Pam Mooberry finished just four minutes later, but she finished 739th overall. She was 44th out of 180 with a 1:57:4 time.

The course itself didn't offer very steep hills, but there were a few lengthy hills, according to Zerrer.

Ronda Andrews finished at 897th and was 36th out of 105 participants in her age group. She finished the course in 2:02:5.

Husband and wife Chuck and Erica Clark finished together. Chuck was 1,222nd, while Erica was 1,223rd. Chuck finished 134th out of 151st and Erica placed 66th out of 153rd. Chuck finished in 2:12:27 and Erica in 2:12:28.

Zerrer, who has run in the Raintree Run in Lawrence, the Rib Run in Kansas City, Mo., and a full marathon in Oklahoma City, said the Tonganoxie Days 5K and 10K runs were next on the clubs' major running events.

Another half-marathon is slated for September in Wichita, which Zerrer said some runners are looking at attending.

Next spring, some running club members would like to do a full marathon.

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