Tough competition, community spirit, a great cause and good fun were all part of the 37th Annual Kalamazoo Klassic, presented in partnership by MRC Industries, Inc. and Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR). The 2015 Kalamazoo Klassic and Kids’ Klassic were held June 19th and 20th and attracted 1559 registered participants in the combined events. This reflected an increase of nearly 10% over the 2014 participation numbers of 1418. The Kids’ Klassic on Friday evening attracted 431 children, and Saturday’s 5k and 10k events attracted 1128 participants.
New this year, the Kalamazoo Klassic introduced the Team Challenge, presented by Rose Street Advisors. Nineteen teams of 3 – 5 runners competed in corporate and open divisions in the 5k and 10k run.
The 2015 Kalamazoo Klassic was endorsed by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports and the Michigan Fitness Foundation as a quality physical activity event through the Pure Michigan FITness Series endorsement program.
The Pure Michigan FITness Series program endorses local, regional and statewide events that are consistent with the Governor’s Council and the Michigan Fitness Foundation mission to promote healthy choices while offering a physical activity event that is open to all participants, regardless of skill level or age. The Kalamazoo Klassic leads by example in providing a safe, healthy physical activity event for Michigan residents.
The 10k also served as the 2015 Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Regional Championship Race.
In a very close 10k men’s competition, Brendon Molony won overall male with a time of 33:12, edging out second place Jordan Benning (33:19) and third place Kyle Mena (33:25). Lauren MacVicar won overall female with a time of 39:04. Ed Kenny won 10k Male Masters in 38:47 and Michelle Acton won Female Masters in 42:27. Doug Gucich won Male Grand Masters (40:51) and Kathy Griffin won Female Grand Masters (46:59), and Tom Harbaugh won Male Senior Grand Masters (44:24) and Shelly Fink won Female Senior Grand Masters (55:11). All Open, Masters, Grand Masters and Senior Grand Masters winners were RRCA Regional 10k Champions in their respective divisions.
In the 5k Run, Mitchell Klinger won top honors for the men with a 15:10 and Makenna Veen for the women with an 18:36. Daniel VanSweden won Male Masters with an 18:35 and Kathy Griffin Female Masters with a 23:05. Andrew Hirzel (19:06) won Male Grand Masters and Julie Allen won Female Grand Masters (24:45) and Tom Harbaugh won Male Senior Grand Masters (21:38) and Cheryl Sickles won Female Senior Grand Masters (26:35).
In the 10k Team Challenge, Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR) Team Black (Kathy Griffin, Marie Billen, Julie Allen, Shelly Parkhurst and Kristen Maxwell) won the Open Division.
In the 5k Team Challenge, the Possum Nuggets (Artemis Eyster, Eric Swager, Zebedee Swager and Carson Rabbitt) won the Open Division, and Perrigo 1 (Danielle Kean, Karen Hook, Emma Shakner and Lisa Shakner) won the Corporate Division.
In the 5k Walk, David Dunn (33:14) and Lisa Bridgeman (33:19) were overall champions, Mark Scott (38:38) and Kristen Fillar (34:40) master’s champions and John Reed (38:20) and Sheila Dorsey (43:01) grand masters champions.
Full 2015 Kalamazoo Klassic results are available online at www.macssportstiming.com.
Sincere thanks to all of our participants, sponsors, partners and volunteers for making the 2015 Kalamazoo Klassic a success.