As part of this year’s Run for the Creeks, a 2-mile Invitational race will be held at Willow Lake Park starting at 7:30AM on Saturday, August 28. This will take place prior to the Run for the Creeks 10K, 5K and 1K races. The fastest local runners have been invited based on their running accomplishments. As of press time, a stellar field of speed demons will take to the roads in what promises to be a very fast race that includes a “Youth” vs. “Experience” flavor with runners ranging in age from 14 to over 40.
Come out to watch this one-of-a-kind event and run or walk one of the “Creeks” distances right after.
Some of the runners committed as of press time:
Ursula Hanna – 2010 highlights: Winner of Chino Valley Springfest 5K, 3rd in theWhiskey Row half marathon, Winner of the Mikkelson Trail marathon (South Dakota).
Brigette Schiess – 2010 highlights : Boston marathon qualifier, Finished 4th in the Whiskey Row marathon just 12 days later! Age class winner in the Runner’s Den, St. Patrick’s and Gheral Brownlow 10k races.
Zach Thomas from Bagdadran against world class runners in the PF Chang half marathon in January. Zach was the highest Arizona finisher in 1:09, a 5:20 per mile pace only to return to the valley in February and set a new course record in the Lost Dutchman marathon at 2 hours and 27 minutes, an incredible 5:40 pace for 26 miles on a course not known for fast times.
Rob Turpin 2010 highlights: 3:05 Boston marathon, won Embry Riddle 5K (course record), won Skull Valley 10K
Chris Bray Former college runner and coach, 3rd in Gheral Brownlow 10K, 2nd in Whiskey Row half marathon
Several local high school cross-country runners have committed at press time including Nate Hald and Zach Eliason. In 3 mile cross country events, Nate and Zach have averaged just over 5 minutes per mile…
Brigette, Rob and Chris are all over 40!