Saturday brought a welcomed sight for numerous area runners; an actual road race! For 12 years now, the Beresford Booster Club has hosted “South Dakota’s Premier Winter Road Race.” It is also just about the only winter road race in SD, but the folks in Beresford have created one of the most unique and well-organized races in the region.
The morning festivities included a 4-mile run, 2-mile run, and a mile run for Beresford Elementary students. I competed in the 4-mile run for the second consecutive year. Last year I managed to finish 5th in 24:27. This year I ended up running almost 40 seconds faster but dropped to 6th place overall in 23:48 – 5:57/mile pace. I did manage to win the 20-29 age group and the small moose statue that goes along with winning an age group (a fun unique part of this race). Matt Genrich of Sioux Falls won the 4-mile race with a time of 21:34.
The 4-mile race had 271 finishers while the 2-mile version saw 134 athletes compete for a record 405 participants. A free chili and soup feed follows the race everyday with local live bluegrass music as entertainment.
Complete 2012 Frostbite 4 results HERE
Read more about the race in my personal running blog HERE
My friend Tyler Schultz and I post-race
in the Beresford High School gym
Also on Saturday, the Mount Marty Lancers were in action in Sioux Center, Iowa at the Dordt Indoor Invitational. This was one of the last chances for the Lancers to compete before the GPAC meet, which will be held in Lincoln, Nebraska on Feb. 17-18. Highlights for the Lancers included:
-Kaylee Fly – 1st place in the 3000 meter run (10:46 – new school record and just missed a NAIA Indoor Nationals qualifying standard)
-Katie Breuer – 1st place in the pole vault (11-7 – qualified for NAIA Indoor Nationals)
-Abby Vandenberg – 4th place in the triple jump (34-2.75) and 6th place in the long jump (16-8.75)
-Samantha Rus – 7th place in the shot put (38-5.5)
-Sam Lopez – 7th place in the 800 meter run (1:57.75 – just missed NAIA Indoor qualifying standard)
-Jordan Pater – 11th place in the 3000 meter run (9:09) and 8th place in the mile run (4:43)
Complete results HERE
*The Lancers will be back in action next Saturday, February 11 in Storm Lake, Iowa at the BVU open*