Community Interest

New Melle's First Annual Gizzard Run was Well Attended

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.


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The first person to return to the finish line was 11 year old
Jaden Elgin who ran the 5K in 20:59.


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The second person to cross the finish line was Joel Thwing @ 21:33 (5K).



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Jaden and Joel were part of a group of 4 who led
the pack at the beginning as they went past NMSR on Hwy. Z.


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Children under the age of 10 received a participation medal.


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A group photo of those who received medals.


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All the participants (that were still on site at the time of the photo.)