Kids run added to third annual Yellowstone Trail RAce
Crowds of people, from small children to adults, came to participate in and watch the third annual Yellowstone Trail Road Race Saturday, June 29, in Roberts.
The run actually consisted of three separate races, an eight-mile run that started in Hammond near the intersection of Highway 12 and County Road TT, a 5K loop through Roberts and a two-and-a-half block kids' fun run. The kids' fun run was new this year, according to Lisa Christensen, who coordinated the event with Tera Busker.
"It's just another way to get the community involved a little bit more," Christensen said. She said the goal was to give the kids a chance to get some exercise as well.
Christensen said she and Busker started the race two years ago after learning about the historic Yellowstone Trail, which was the first intercontinental highway. It ran from Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound from 1912 to 1930. Part of that trail runs through Hammond and Roberts. Christensen and Busker planned the race courses to run along the roads where the Yellowstone Trail once ran through Roberts and Hammond.
"I think it's really neat that we're so close to history," Christensen said, "and not a lot of people know about it."
Medals were given out to the top three male and female runners in the eight-mile race and the 5K race. Each child who participated in the kids' fun run also received a medal.
The top three male runners of the eight-mile race were Tom Peterson of Hudson, who received first place with a time of 1:00:31; Tom Hawley, who received second place with a time of 1:09:28; and Brad Bardebecht of Hammond who received third place with a time of 1:11:59.
The top three female runners in the eight-mile race were Busker (Roberts) who received first place with a time of 1:02:40; Tany Bever, who received second place with a time of 1:09:15 seconds and Amy Thorsen of Roberts, with a time of 1:10:10.
The top three female runners of the 5K race were Ericia Frickson of Woodville, who came in first with a time of 29:39; Ginesa Dux of Stewartville, Minn., who came in second with a time of 30:20; and Mya Kizer of Hudson, who came in third with a time of 31:37.
The top three male runners of the 5K race were Michael Metro of Hudson, who came in first with a time of 22:58, Gabby Lubich of Roberts, who came in second with a time of 23:13 and Michael Bannink of Hudson, who came in third with a time of 23:34.
For an extra challenge, participants were able to participate in both the eight-mile and the 5K runs, which Christensen and Busker call the "Superchallenge."
While Christensen said the race has not turned a profit yet so far, she and Busker have talked about causes they might like to donate profits to in the future.
Running the race, Christensen said, is something she and Busker love doing.
"We're really excited to keep doing the race every year," Christensen said.