Fast times at CG Festival Run
Jul 21, 2015 at 12:58 PM
More than 1,500 runners invaded downtown Grand Haven on Saturday morning for the Tri-Cities Family YMCA Coast Guard Festival runs.
The 5K drew 1,081 runners while 473 competed in the 10K event. In addition, three men completed the 10K course on handcycles.
Taking first place in the 5K run was 20-year-old Greg Madendorp of Whitehall. He blazed through the course with a time of 15 minutes, 54 seconds.
Grand Haven’s Joe Duff, 21, was a close second at 16:06, while Jared Courtright of Wyoming was third at 16:11.
Both Madendorp and Duff are members of the Grand Valley State University men’s cross country team. Madendorp won the 10K at last year’s Coast Guard Festival run.
Rockford’s Kerianne Schoff, 16, was the female winner with a time of 18:48, good for 23rd place overall.
Second was Kathy Hoving, 37, of Holland, who took 40th overall at 19:59.
Grand Rapids’ Zach Ripley, 24, blew away the field in the 10K run with a time of 31:47. Second was Taylor Heath, 20, of Hanover, who came in at 32:39. Third was Courtright, who ran both races. He finished the 10K at 34:55.
Ripley was a college track and field star at Cornerstone University, where he won a national championship in the 3,000-meter steeplechase back in 2010.
He’s now a member of the Q Elite Track Club in Grand Rapids and was a 2012 Olympic Trial qualifier in the steeplechase.
Another accomplished runner took home first place in the women’s race. Anna Rudd, 21, of Big Rapids, finished eighth overall in the 10K with a time of 37:10. Her time was 4 ½ minutes faster than the second-place female finisher — Spring Lake’s Laura Scholma, 32. Scholma finished the course in 41:46.
Rudd is coming off a fantastic junior season at Ferris State University, where she won a national championship in the 5,000 run.
For complete results of Saturday’s runs, visit results.active.com and search for “Grand Haven.”