Runners and walkers are off and away about 8:05 a.m.
The year of 2006 ushered in an increased awareness of the obesity and inactivity problem in the United States. Decades ago driving everywhere was all the rage. But now running, walking and biking to work/school is re-emerging as an important part of a daily life style.
The Deer Park Fire Department 5K race includes runners and just as many walkers. In this type of race everyone wins. The event is entertaining watching the runners compete and fun for those just out for a fast walk.
The most notable entrants in this year's race were the winners, Chris and Amy Stevens, a husband and wife team from New Richmond, taking first place in the fastest male and female classes. Before the event they "warmed up" with a 17 mile run. They are training for an upcoming 26 mile run.
Joe Ailts, 5K race organizer, came in just 36 seconds behind winner Chris Stevens.
Bernice Krueger was the oldest participant. Bernice travels around Deer Park on foot and bicycle and did very well at this year's event.
Many people stayed together as a group all finishing at the same time. But there was one other pair that were clearly out to race, Joe and Joey Sperling. Both finished at 3rd and 4th place.
After the race was over, race participants and observers looked on as awards and door prizes were given out. The event featured a pancake breakfast at the Deer Park Community Center after the race festivities were completed.
|Chris Stevens||17:54||Fastest Male|
|Joe Ailts||18:30||Race Organizer|
|Keith Peterson||21:08||Fastest Firefighter|
|Amy Stevens||23:31||Fastest Female|
|Shannon L Krueger||47:16|
|Shannon M Krueger||50:26|
|Alaina Jean Bartman||53:02|
Chris Stevens, winner
Amy Stevens, fastest female runner
Record Keeping is critical.
Deer Park Firemen watch over the runners and walkers.
Joe Sperling finishes in 3rd place,56 seconds behind Chris Stevens.
3rd place, female
2nd place, female
Runners are handed water by one of the fireman on the left at the halfway point, just over 1.5 miles from the finish line. Joey Sperling is approaching the halfway point, Joe Sperling is behind him and Joe Ailts has just passed by and is heading back behind Chris Stevens.
At the halfway point, Joey Sperling is in the number 3 position at about 8:14:30 a.m. Joe Sperling is 15 seconds behind him but finished ahead of Joey by 7 seconds. First, second, third and fourth place runners crossed the halfway point around 8:14 a.m. within 45 seconds.
Joe Ailts and son Evan, 2 months old.
Thanks once again to Matt Kennedy of Deer Park who provided the finish line photos. Matt has a new web site at mattkennedyphotography.com. Matt provides photo services ranging from portraits to weddings.
Also thanks to Joe Ailts, Deer Park Fire Department race organizer, for providing this year's race results. Joe is planning another DPFD Run/Walk for 2007.