Neck-and- neck finish at 10-K
WORTHINGTON -- Utilizing Saturday's 31st annual King Turkey Day 10-K road race as a "warm up" event for Sunday's Duluth Mile, the light-footed dual of Richard Kandie (Coon Rapids) and Moses Waweru (Sun Prairie, Wis.) pulled away quickly in the cool morning drizzle and ran together for the entire 6.2 mile distance.
The pair crossed the finish line side-by-by as co-winners in the popular event, which drew a total of 588 finishers.
Waweru and Kandi entered the finish with identical times of 30 minutes, 52 seconds and the two friends agreed to share the first-place prize money.
"I think that I out-leaned him," said Waweru, who won previous Turkey Day titles in 2005, 2006 and 2009. "But, Richard's foot must have crossed before mine, because his 'chip' was read first."
Either way, the two national-caliber runners broke away early after running the first mile Saturday in 4:35.
"They were moving," exclaimed Glencoe's Josh Metcalf, who finished fourth in 31:44. "I was at 4:53 for my first mile and those two already had a big lead."
Finishing just ahead of Metcalf, was Moninda Marube of Coon Rapids, who clocked a time of 31:42.
"I was going after him (Marube)," Metcalf said during the post-race picnic and awards presentation at Centennial Park. "But my legs didn't have enough bounce left in them to catch him."
Marube and Metcalf each averaged a pace of 5:07 per mile -- some nine seconds off the blistering pace of 4:58 set by Waweru and Kandi.
Waweru, who clocked a time of just over four minutes flat and finished second last year in the street race in Duluth -- known as the Minnesota Mile, was hoping to run Sunday's event in 3:56 or better.
"We love it here," he said about the Turkey Day run around Lake Okabena. "We (Kandi and himself) came down to run today and used this as a warm-up for tomorrow (Sunday) when we are aiming for a 3:56 or 3:55 in the mile at Duluth."
Metcalf, who coaches cross country at Glencoe-Silver Lake, still holds the Turkey Trot high school cross country meet record of 16:16 for 5,000 meters which he ran as senior for Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin in 1993.
"It was nice to be able to come back here and run again," he said. "After the two leaders, we had a nice pack of four guys who ran close together much of the race."
Windom's Jeff Stuckenbroker and Obed Gisemba finished fifth and sixth, respectively, with times of 31:56 and 32:19.
There was a large gap between the top six runners and the seventh-place finish of Joseph Nielsen, 41, of Sioux Falls, who was clocked at 36:11.
Lyons wins; Van Otterloo, Sample finish close
Finishing 21 seconds behind Nielsen was Amy Lyons of Mounds View -- who won her third women's title.
Lyons, who holds the women's course record of 34:57 set in 2006, finished eighth overall and first among 287 females Saturday with a time of 36:32.
"She is incredible," chimed Jill Klaverkamp of Sioux Falls about Lyons while Amy was being interviewed after the race. "She has the women's record and is such a good runner."
Lyons repeated her '09 title and improved her time by eight seconds, which was good enough to hold off challenging runs from both Jen Van Otterloo (Sioux Center, Iowa) and former women's champion Marie Sample (Marshall), who both ran the course under 37 minutes, finishing 10th and 11th overall with times of 36:46 and 36:59, respectively.
"The three of us pretty much ran together for the most of the first two miles," said Lyons, who trains with the 'Run and Fun Club' in St. Paul. "I liked the cool weather and was able to get a little ways ahead over the last four miles."
Finishing between Lyons and Van Otterloo was 49-year-old Kirt Goetzke of Plymouth (36:41), while David Sample (Marshall) and Brady Mueller (Bloomington) were the 12th and 13th overall placers.
Sample ran the course in 37:22, while Mueller was timed at 37:32.
Rael Murey (37:45) of Coon Rapids was the fourth female to enter the chute, finishing 14th overall.
Mark Kocak, 49, of Jackson finished 15th as he clocked a time of 37:55.
The previous Saturday (Sept. 11), Kocak and his wife Kerri won the co-ed half marathon relay in Sioux Falls, each running a 10-K.
"That was a lot of fun for us," said Mark about the half marathon victory. "This was nice today, too, this is such a well-organized race with so many people out cheering for you."
Men took the next four places as Josh Henning (Elysain), Nick Clark (Omaha, Neb.) Gardo Barretto (Worthington) and Jonah Beckermann (Worthington) clocked times of 38:04, 38:05, 38:12 and 38:17, respectively, in places 16-19.
Klaverkamp completed the top 20, running the course in 38:27 and finishing fifth among all females.
A total of 29 runners -- 23 males and six females -- ran the course under 40 minutes.
The top 74 finishers all bettered the 45-minute mark, while a 100 more runners were clocked between 45 and 50 minutes.