(Fort Wayne, IN) - Perfect weather added to a great weekend celebration of fitness in Fort Wayne with the 7th Annual running of the Fort4Fitness races. Fort4Fitness even had two wedding parties running, including the first ever wedding during the Half Marathon when Dave Martin and Kim Yates tied the knot around the 7.5 mile mark in Foster Park. Another couple got engaged shortly after the finish of the Half Marathon. As far as the race itself, the Half Marathon was won by Alex Cushman, 21, of Ossian, IN in a course record time of 1:08:52. Ashley Ade, 29, of Fort Wayne, IN won the women’s Half Marathon with a time of 1:25:44. Both runners earned RRCA Central Regional Championships with their wins. Randall Kongar, 19, of Berne, IN won the wheelchair division in the Half Marathon in 1:33:46.
The 10K was won by John Damen, 34, of Fort Wayne, IN, finishing in a course record time of 35:15, with Bridget
Niezer, 25, of Fort Wayne, IN winning the women’s race in 42:17. Damen and Niezer each earned RRCA Indiana State Championships with their victories. Randy Outman, 49, of Huntertown, IN took the win in the 10K Wheelchair divisionwith a time of 1:04:30.
Ryan Landis, 32, of Decatur, IN crossed the finish line first in the 4 Mile, winning that race in 24:02. Kirstin Hegelein, 24, of Ligonier, IN took first place in the women’s race, finishing in a course record 26:00. The 4 Mile wheelchair win went to Alex Haag, 10, of Fort Wayne, IN in 42:33.
(Fort Wayne, IN) - An estimated 28,000 spectators and participants filled Parkview Field and downtown Fort Wayne Saturday morning for the 6th Annual Fort4Fitness Fall Festival. 9,126 participants registered for the Saturday races (Half Marathon, 10K and 4 Mile events). If you include Friday’s Kids and Seniors Marathons, 10,217 participants were registered for the five events during the two-day weekend event.
Elias Rojas, 27, of Cromwell, IN, won the Half Marathon with a time of 1:11:21. Thomas Crum, 26, of Fort Wayne, finished second in 1:13:39, followed by Eric Ade, 35, of Fort Wayne in 1:13:52 in third place.
Crystina Ridenour, 26, of Fort Wayne, won her fourth straight Fort4Fitness Half Marathon title in a record time of 1:20:37. She was followed by Lori Cook, 40, of Spencerville, in second place in 1:27:47, with third place going to Elizabeth Schloss, 25, of Fort Wayne, in 1:28:19.
The 10K men’s overall winner was Benjamin Beard, 29, of Indianapolis. His time of 38:31 earned him the RRCA Indiana 10K State Championship title. Chip LaRowe, 50, of Auburn, finished second with a time of 39:22, followed by Paul Smith, 44, of Fort Wayne in third place in 39:25.
Anna Farmer won the women’s 10K race in 39:16, winning the women’s RRCA Indiana 10K State Championship. Second place went to Ashley Sprunger, 27, of Fort Wayne in 41:20, and Jenny Robinson, 33, of Fort Wayne, finished third in 41:45.
The 4 Mile race was won by Austen Davenport, 27, of Columbia City in 21:41. Joshua Horning, 35, of Leo placed second in 23:12, followed by Jacob Doctor, 27, of Fort Wayne in third with a time of 23:56.
Jenny Robinson, 33, of Fort Wayne, won the women’s 4 Mile event in 27:06, followed by Shanee Francher-Donald, 21, of Fort Wayne, in second place in 28:11. Lauren Slyby, 26, of Fort Wayne finished third in 28:17.
Wheelchair races were won by Neal Niezer (Half Marathon, 34, Fort Wayne - 1:40:56), Randall Kongar (10K, 18, Berne - 59:11), and Layla Rigdon (4 Mile, 12, Fort Wayne - 53:02).
Fort4Fitness Chairman Tim Kenesey expressed thanks to the Fort4Fitness corporate sponsors, volunteers, board, staff, and participants, saying “We appreciate and thank all who helped make the 6th Annual Fall Festival another record success. The Fall Festival has become not only one of the signature events in Northeast Indiana, but also – with our training groups, charity partners and Spring Cycle – a year-around platform for supporting healthy living and fitness. Fort4Fitness wants to thank especially our founding and still-lead Fall Festival sponsor – Parkview Health, our Fall Festival Co-chairs – Adam Smith and Abby Naas, our Race Director – Dave Craker, and everyone who helps make Fort4Fitness the impactful event that is.”
An estimated 28,000 spectators and participants filled Parkview Field and downtown Fort Wayne Saturday morning for the 5th Annual Fort4Fitness Fall Festival. 8,968 participants registered for the Saturday races (Half Marathon, 10K and 4 Mile events). If you include Friday’s Kids and Seniors Marathons, 9,809 participants were registered for the five events during the two-day weekend event.
Kyle Carey, 27, of Fort Wayne, won the Half Marathon and claimed the RRCA Central Regional Championship with a time of 1:12:18. Defending F4F Half Marathon champion Braden Nelson, 23, of Angola, fi nished second in 1:12:31, and Jared Simon, 23, of Fort Wayne finished third.
Crystina Ridenour, 25, of Fort Wayne, won her third straight Fort4Fitness Half Marathon title, and also claimed the RRCA Central Regional Championship with a new Fort4Fitness women’s half marathon record time of 1:21:32. she was followed by Elizabeth Schloss, 24, of Fort Wayne, and Lisa Roe, 42, of Angola finished third.
Other RRCA Regional Championship Winners were Brad Prather, 41, Roanoke, IN (Overall Masters Male - 1:17:11); Dave Bussard, 52, Elkhart, IN (Overall Grand Masters Male - 1:17:52); Jed Pearson, 61, Fort Wayne, IN (Overall Senior Grand Masters Male - 1:37:38); Lisa Roe, 42, Angola, IN (Overall Masters Female - 1:29:38); Denise Conrad, 51, Decatur, IN (Overall Grand Masters Female - 1:30:27); Jean Jannasch, 65, Valparaiso, IN (Overall Senior Grand Masters Female - 1:52:45).
The 10K race was won by Nathan Hebel, 38, a Concordia High School alum, now residing in Quebec. His time of 37:35, setting a new Fort4Fitness record for the 10K. Chip Larowe, 49, of Auburn, fi nished second, and Nick Girod, 23 of Decatur placed third. Heidi Kimmel, 37, of Lakeville, MN won the women’s 10K race in 43:22, second place went to Ashley
Sprunger, 26, of Fort Wayne, and Amy Hipsher, 39, of Ossian, finished third.
The 4 Mile race was won by Thomas Crum, 25, of Fort Wayne, in 21:22.09, narrowly beating Eric Ade, 34, also of Fort Wayne, by just .49 seconds. Third place went to Steve Connelly, 44, of Fort Wayne. Abby Brandenberger, 31, of Fort Wayne, won the women’s 4 Mile event in 27:58, followed by Alicia Schmutzler, 31, of Indianapolis and Paige Geiger, 13, of Fort Wayne.
Wheelchair races were won by Paul Erway (Half Marathon, 53, Shelbyville, KY - 1:16:43), Molly Welfle (10K, 14, Fort Wayne - 47:54), and Tyler Sarrazine (4 Mile, 14, Fort Wayne - 46:01).
An estimated 25,000 people experienced the 4th Annual running of Fort4Fitness Saturday morning at Parkview Field and throughout the streets of downtown Fort Wayne. 8,600 participants registered for the Half Marathon, 10K and 4 Mile Run/Walk, plus spectators and volunteers all came together for the largest Fort4Fitness event in history.
Braden Nelson, 22, of Angola, won the Half Marathon, claimed the RRCA Indiana State Half Marathon Championship, and set a new Fort4Fitness race record with his winning time of 1:10:11. 2-time Fort4Fitness Half Marathon champion Eric Ade, 33, finished second in 1:11:24, and 23-year-old Cody Siblisk was third with a time of 1:12:58.
The Women’s Half Marathon was won by Crystina Ridenour, 24, from Fort Wayne, her second straight Fort4Fitness Half Marathon title, and claiming the RRCA Indiana State Women’s Half Marathon Championship with her time of 1:21:46, also a Fort4Fitness race record for the women’s division. Second place went to Crystina’s twin sister Crystal Reichert, 24, in 1:22:04, and 25-year-old Emily Cochard finished third in 1:23:27.
The first ever Fort4Fitness 10K race was won by Steve Shulze, 32, in 37:42. He was followed by Jacob Doctor, 25, in second place, finishing in 38:21. Vernon La Rowe, 48, placed third in 39:42. The women’s 10K was won by 26-year-old Leann Nord in 39:35. Second place went to Dianna Fox, 30, in 42:55, and Lauren Wilson, 28, finished third in 43:12.
The 4 Mile race was won by Casey Shafer, 31, of Fort Wayne. He finished in 22:29, then ran from the finish line back to the starting line of the Half Marathon and finished in 10th place in the Half Marathon. Second place went to Austen Davenport, 25, of Columbia City, with a time of 23;31. Robert Minnich, 44, of Fort Wayne, finished third in 25:45. The women’s race was won by 30-year-old Gina Gray of Fort Wayne in 27:28. Kristy Trumbo, 26, from Upland, finished second in 29:43, and third place went to Mindy Ruger, 31, of Fort Wayne. She finished in 29:55.
Wheelchair division races were won by Neal Niezer, 32 (Half Marathon – 1:35:33), Matt Kwapis, 21 (10K – 1:10:55), and Alex Leckron, 14 (4 Mile – 40:42).
An estimated 17,000 people packed Parkview Field and the streets of downtown Fort Wayne for the 3rd Annual running of the Fort4Fitness Half Marathon and 4 Mile Run/Walk Saturday morning. 7,500 registered runners, plus spectators and volunteers all came together to celebrate Fitness in Fort Wayne.
|Runners at the start of the 2010 Fort4Fitness 4 Mile Run/Walk||Runners at the start of the 2010 Fort4Fitness Half Marathon|
Runners at the start of the 2nd Annual
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Over 6,200 participants and attendees made the inaugural Fort4Fitness festival weekend a smashing success. Each of the four events that made up the Fort4Fitness weekend on September 26-27, 2008 was well-attended. With comments like "We've been waiting for something like this to take place in Fort Wayne for a long time!" and "Everything was well-organized" to "What a wonderful event!", the mission of the Fort4Fitness, which is a commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles in Northeast Indiana, was realized. Many thanks to our Diamond sponsor, Parkview Health, for leading the way in making Fort4Fitness a reality.
On Saturday the weather was beautiful as both Half Marathon and 4 Mile/Run Walk participants broke into stride at the sound of the starter's horn at 7:30 am. Bobbing heads could be seen all the way down Main Street in downtown as participants christened the first event of this size held in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Serious runners and casual walkers dotted the courses of both the Half Marathon and 4 Mile treks. "I've never seen such beautiful parts of Fort Wayne, and I've lived in town for years." exclaimed one runner.
Many local restaurants set up small tents on Main Street and offered healthy food and beverages to both runners and attendees as a part of the Healthy Food Expo on Saturday. From 9:30 am to 1 pm people sampled healthy cuisine and drinks while watching participants finish the course, or istened to music play in Freimann Square.
It was a perfect weekend and a statement to Northeast Indiana's commitment to developing and maintaining healthy lifestyles.
Runners at the start of the inaugural
Fort4Fitness half marathon and 4 mile run/walk.
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Runners at the start of the inaugural