The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Clinton

September 9, 2013

Good weather, great turnout grace Clinton's half marathon

CLINTON — Traffic came to a stand still on Sunday as hundreds of runners passed through the streets of Clinton during the third annual Clinton Half Marathon race.

More than 450 athletes took part in the race Sunday, with Joel Frye taking home the first-place trophy and $100 in prize money in the men’s overall catagory and Jackie Means, of Muscatine, topping the women’s division in her first appearance at the Clinton race.

“This is the first time I’ve participated in the Clinton Half Marathon and actually, I registered today,” Means said. “I really enjoyed the course. It was really challenging but beautiful and easy to follow.”

As other participants began to trickle into Ashford University Field for the post-race party, satisfaction with the course wasn’t the only thing racers were pleased with.

Weather conditions were ideal Sunday as an overcast sky offered relief from the sun and a light breeze kept runners cool and comfortable during the 13.1-mile race.

“The weather has been very pleasant today,” race director Dr. Brian Peck said. “It’s been a great day to run.”

Peck and his race committee have worked for several months to organize the event, making sure each piece falls perfectly into place when the airhorn sounds, and this year they were pleased with the outcome.

According to race committee member Angela Bengtson, this year’s race generated the greatest numbers in attendance in the event’s three year-history, with participants representing 13 different states and, for the third year, Canada.

“There is such a huge range of abilities out here today,” Bengtson said. “But everybody who crosses that finish line has accomplished something, and that’s really amazing.”

Each of those accomplishments were honored Sunday as racers received a medal for participating upon crossing the finish line at the Clinton County Courthouse.

Along with the participation medals, the top three finishers of each catagory of the 5K, 10K and half marathon received additional medals during the post-party at Ashford University Field.

But, the best reward for Peck and his race committee is seeing the race unfold and watching as participants cross the finish line.

“It’s really great to see people smiling as they cross the finish line,” Peck said. “There are a lot of moving parts involved to bring something like this all together and so far these past years have been good.”

Peck hopes to continue that success, growing the event to become one of the best half marathon races in the state, and even the whole Midwest region.

“There is just so much positive energy with these races,” Peck said. “It’s so thick you could almost grab it.”

1
Text Only
Clinton
  • Interest in Ernst rises as his game does, too

    Brady Ernst is having a summer to remember.
    The rising River King senior is spending the summer playing for the Iowa Barnstormers traveling basketball team. This weekend they're playing in the Fab48 tournament in Las Vegas.

    July 26, 2014

  • PHOTOS: Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners

    Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners - Majors, Minors, Pee Wee

    July 25, 2014

  • JUST IN: Man shot in downtown Clinton

    A 32-year-old man was shot in downtown Clinton early today.

    July 25, 2014

  • YWCA offers lifeguard training

    CLINTON — The YWCA will offer lifeguard training in August.The course will be held from Aug. 4 to 10 at the YWCA. This 30-hour class will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. for four weeknights and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. A possibility of adding a class from 1

    July 25, 2014

  • Concurrent terms ordered in burglary case

    CLINTON — A Clinton man will serve four concurrent prison terms for his role in a string of 2012 burglaries.Assistant Clinton County Attorney Amanda Myers on Thursday requested the court to order Cory Mitchell, 38, to serve as much as 10 years in pri

    July 25, 2014

  • Whitecaps take away Clinton offense CLINTON — The Clinton LumberKings (13-19, 43-57) mustered only five hits as the visiting West Michigan Whitecaps (20-12, 61-41) shut down the hometown club at Ashford University Field.Whitecaps’ starter Jonathon Crawford (6-2) allowed only four men t

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-25-14 1B-Photo, Clinton track Clinton king of Brady DAVENPORT — It might not have been the blue oval, but Clinton track can place its mark at the top of the hill.The quartet of Barrion Collins, Marquis Robinson, Quavon Jones and Deshond Robinson won the high school boys division of the Battle Up Brady

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Habitat for Humanity hosts fundraiser

    CLINTON — Habitat for Humanity will host a fundraiser in Thomson, Illinois.The Clinton County group will showcase Laid Back Luau from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Heirloom Cafe in Thomson. The event will feature games, prizes, music train rides for

    July 25, 2014

  • 7-24-14 1B-Photo, Choice 2 Cinderella run ends DUBUQUE — The playoff run was fun while it lasted. Dubuque Hempstead, the No. 1-ranked baseball team in Class 4A entering Wednesday, ended Clinton’s chances at back-to-back appearances in the state tournament in Des Moines. The Mustangs knocked out t

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-24-14 Used Book Sale Prep Finding a (temporary) new home CLINTON — The harsh winter delivered a devastating loss to the Friends of the Library.Now, months later, the Friends have regrouped and are ready to showcase its used books — albeit in a new school building.For several years, the Friends hosted its a

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Clinton Herald Photos


Browse, buy and submit pictures with our photo site.

Facebook