Community spirit, a great cause, beautiful weather and good fun were all part of the 38th Annual Kalamazoo Klassic, presented in partnership by MRC Industries, Inc. and Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR). The 2016 Kalamazoo Klassic and Kids’ Klassic were held June 17th and 18th and attracted approximately 1,200 registered participants in the combined events.
The 2016 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 and 5k races also served as the 2016 Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Michigan State Championship Races and the race was designated as an Olympic Day event.
In the men's 10k competition, Brendon Molony won for the second consecutive year with a time of 34:23 and then returned to the starting line to win overall male in the 5k in 16:36. Hannah Norton won overall female with a time of 38:00. Last year's Masters winner, Ed Kenny returned to win 10k male Masters in 38:18 and Debbie Winchell won female Masters in 45:11. Grand Masters winners were Patrick Fillar (39:23) and Sandi Fritze (46:09). Senior Grand Masters winners were Mark Sigfrids (47:49) and Shelly Fink (53:45).
In the 5k Run, Maggie Farrell won top honors for the women with an 18:05. Jeff Layne (18:25) and Heather Boersma (20:42) were Masters Champions, Joe Reitz (18:55) and Kathy Farrow (23:45) were Grand Masters Champions, and "Grandpa" Dan Washburn (20:52) and Sue White-Sutton (26:06) were Senior Grand Masters Champions.
In the 10k Team Challenge, Kalamazoo Area Runners (KAR) Team Blue (Kristen Fillar, Marie Billen, Lisa Schreiner, Sarah Yetter, and Laura Lam) won top honors in the open division while Perrigo2 (Matthew Ong, Penny Bursma and Nick Valent) won the Corporate Division.
In the 5k Team Challenge, Team Swagger (Eric Swager, Uncle Mark Drallette, Grandpa Dan Washburn and Leo Swager) won the open division and Perrigo 1 (Karen Hook, Matt Simmons, Mary Hannapel, Christie Pierce and Lisa Pitman) won the Corporate Division.
In the 5k Walk, David Dunn (33:59) and Lisa Bridgeman (33:44) were overall champions, Dale Shugars (46:14) and Jeanne Grubb (35:36) were master’s champions and Richard Van Eck (48:36) and Sherry Selen – 39:45) were grand masters champions.
Full 2016 Kalamazoo Klassic results are available online at www.macssportstiming.com.
Sincere thanks to all of our participants, sponsors, partners and volunteers for making the 2016 Kalamazoo Klassic a success. Proceeds of the Kalamazoo Klassic benefit MRC Industries, Inc. in it's' mission to encourage and support individuals living with a disability to achieve their fullest potential through employment, skill-building and active community involvement.