On the run

Coast Guard Festival runs draw big crowd to downtown GH
Matt DeYoung
Jul 28, 2014

Allendale’s Alan Peterson won the 5K and Grand Rapids’ Andy Roersma ran to victory in the 10K in Saturday’s Coast Guard Festival runs.

The popular races drew a big crowd to downtown Grand Haven, with 955 runners completing the 5K event and 371 tackling the challenging 10K course.

In the 5K, Peterson, 22, crossed the finish line in 15 minutes, 6 seconds. He edged fellow Allendale 22-year-old Chad Cini, who was second in 15:22.

Kyle Flores, 21, of Carol Stream, Ill., placed third in 15:34, while Brody Smith of Cody, Wyo., was fourth in 15:56.

Grand Haven’s Joe Duff, 22, placed sixth in 16:13, while Spring Lake’s Blake Rottschafer, 24, was seventh at 16:31. Luke Giroux, 22, also of Spring Lake, finished ninth in 17:24, while Grand Haven’s Kyle Funk, 18, finished 10th at 17:25.

Paige Boldt, 25, of Grand Rapids, was the first female finisher. Her time of 18:47 was good for 29th overall. Finn O’Keefe, 16, of Muskegon, was the second female finisher at 18:50, while Angelina Bauer, 32, of Holland, was next at 19:07.

In the 10K event, Roersma, 29, edged out Logan Bellegraph, 18, of Wyoming to win the race. Roersma crossed the finish line in 36:38, while Bellgraph came in at 36:55. Third was Holland’s Chris Deshaw, 22, of Holland, who finished in 37:24. Dirk Dewitt, 41, of Charlston, S.C., was fourth in 37:47.

Giroux, who placed ninth in the 5K, finished seventh in the 10K run in 38:34. Grand Haven’s Brad Springer, 43, finished ninth in 38:43.

Jenison’s Megan Quint, 27, was the fastest female runner, coming in 28th overall with a time of 41:34. Spring Lake’s Laura Scholma, 33, was next at 41:43, followed by Grand Rapids’ Nancy Agrillo, 46, who finished in 43:35.

The event, sponsored by North Ottawa Community Health Systems, featured a special group of runners. Twenty-one patients of the North Ottawa Community Hospital’s Bariatric Clinic, along with nine staff members, completed the 5K run.

“It was the first 5K race for many of them, and together, these 21 patients have lost 1,350 pounds and continue to make great strides toward their personal goals,” said Michelle Bailey-Mesler, Interim CEO of the Tri-Cities Family YMCA.

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