Over 45 people participated in the 1st Annual New Melle Festival Gizzard Run on Saturday June, 15, 2019. There were 3 walk/races to choose from, in various age categories.
There was a 1K fun walk/run through the streets of town, plus a competitive 5K run/walk and a 10K run that followed Hwy Z and Foristell Road to the Park at New Melle Lakes.
The first runner to return was 11-year old Jaden Elgin, who won the 5K with a time of 20:59. Joel Thwing took second in the 11-18 age bracket with 21:33, and Christ Sanders took 3rd with 23:03.
In the 5K age 19-35 (Male) bracket, Nick Kowalik finished first at 24.37, Joel Hespen came in second with 25:09 and Levi Benne finished 3rd at 26:29. In the 19-35 Female bracket: 1st place went to Amy Ditch (27:06), Kendall Benne took second (27:22) and Kristen Stark (30:51) came in third.
The top three in the 5K, age 36+ male bracket were: Jim Mitchell (28:02), Tim Thwing (33:10) and Michael Fujinaka (33:32).
In the 36+ Female bracket, the top three finishers were: Sheilah Deardorff (30:41); Jennifer Ryan (33:35) and Paula Busken (35:18).
In the 10K, Jacob Boushelle took first place in the 11-18 age bracket at 41.02; Alex Keene took first in the 18-35 bracket at 53:19 and Katherine Ferguson took first in the 36+ women's Bracket at 49:25.
A special thanks to everyone who participated, and also to the volunteers who helped plan and orchestrate the race.