2014 Kalamazoo Klassic Scheduled for June 13 & 14 – Registration is Open!

2014 Kalamazoo Klassic

Registration is now open for the 2014 Kalamazoo Klassic 5k Run/Walk and 10k Run, Pump n' Run and the Kids' Klassic 1k and 2k!!!  Presented in partnership by the Kalamazoo Area Runners and MRC Industries, Inc, this will mark the 36th year for this long-time community tradition infused with a few fresh new twists.  Join us on Friday, June 13th (Kids' Klassic, Pump n' Run Lift) and Saturday June 14th (10k Run, 5k Run/Walk/Run portion of the Pump n' Run).   The 10k serves as the 2014 RRCA Regional 10k Championship Race.  Proceeds benefit MRC Industries, Inc., a local non-profit organization providing support and encouragement to individuals living with a disability to achieve their fullest potential through employment, skill-building and active community involvement.  

2013 Kalamazoo Klassic – Reflecting upon the 35th Anniversary Event

More than 1500 runners and walkers competed in the 35th Anniversary of the Kalamazoo Klassic held June 14th and 15th, 2013 with 174 registrants in the Kids’ Klassic, 525 in the 10k Run, 887 in the 5k Run, 74 in the 5k Walk, and 51 in the Pump n’ Run.   One of the unique features of the Kalamazoo is that it allows participation in multiple events, and 192 runners completed the “triple loop” challenge by running both the 10k and the 5k run or walk.  Four others participated in the 10k, and the Pump n’ Run.  The Kalamazoo Klassic is presented each year by the Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR) and MRC Industries, Inc.

More than 150 volunteers filled almost 200 spots to create an outstanding experience for the runners.   The 10k served as the RRCA State 10k Championship, and the 5k as the RRCA State 5k Championship, and we celebrated the return of the mysterious Turtle Mascot.

The 2013 Kalamazoo Klassic raised $19,314.74 for MRC Industries, Inc., a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support and encouragement to individuals living with a disability to achieve their fullest potential through employment, skill building, and active community involvement. 

We have already started planning for the 36th Anniversary of the Kalamazoo Klassic, and look forward to delivering an exceptional event in celebration of this significant milestone.

Many years, the Kalamazoo Klassic has featured 10k and 5k double winners, but such was not the case for 2013.  In the RRCA State 10k Championship, Christopher Gregory of Dowling emerged as overall male winner with a time of 34:42, and Kalamazoo’s Lauren MacVicar won overall female with a time of 39:30.   Winning male masters was Shelby Pankratz of Wyoming with a time of 39:10 and female masters was Marcy Sacks of Albion with a time of 42:13.   Mark Haupert of Richland won male grand masters with a time of 42:07 and Sandi Fritz of Kalamazoo won female grand masters with a time of 46:51.

In the RRCA State 5k Championship, Connor Wuori from Kalamazoo won overall male with a time of 15:41 and Megan Pearson of Ann Arbor won the 5k with a time of 18:16.  Dan Van Sweden won masters male with a time of 17:52 and Peggy Zeeb masters female with a 20:17.  Winning male grand masters was Dave Goodwin from Bothell, WA in a time of 18:35 and female grand masters was Gretchen Allison in a time of 23:33.   Tom Nehil won male senior grand masters in a time of 20:20 and Sue White-Sutton won female senior grand master in a time of 25:57.

Andrew Hirzel won the men’s pump n’ run with an adjusted time of 3:22 and Heather Boersma won the women’s pump n’ run with an adjusted time of 7:15.  Alex Wolf won the Goliath division with an adjusted time of 12:38 and Courtney Knox won Athena with an adjusted time of 20:26. 

Bill Reed and Kirsten Smith were overall champions in the 5k walk with a 28:33 and 24:31 respectively, Brian Schneider and Beth Meints won male and female masters, and David Dunn and Jane Buttery won male and female seniors.  

Sincere thanks to our 2013 Directors, Bonnie Sexton and Carol Bolthouse, the Kalamazoo Klassic Planning Committee, as well as all our participants, sponsors, community partners, volunteers and supporters for making the 2013 Kalamazoo Klassic a success.

We have already started planning for the 36th Anniversary of the Kalamazoo Klassic, and look forward to delivering an exceptional event in celebration of this significant milestone.

For more information on MRC Industries, Inc. visit www.mrcindustries.org and for more information on Kalamazoo Area Runners visit www.kalamazooarearunners.org.
 

 

 

 

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