Exactly 500 runners participated in Saturday’s Klever Kickoff to Summer 5K run in downtown Grand Haven.
The popular annual event was won by Traverse City’s Ron Zywicki, 52, who finished the course in a time of 17 minutes, 17 seconds.
Zywicki beat out a pair of Grand Haven runners. Former Buccaneer track and cross country star Joe Duff, 21, was a close second at 17:28, one second ahead of current Buc running standout Justin Pippel, 18.
Scott Przystas, 27, a local phys-ed teacher and coach, placed fourth at 17:48, while Jacob DeWitt, 20, of Melbouren, Fla., was fifth.
Todd Sellon, 46, of Spring Lake, was the male masters winner with a time of 18:36, good for ninth overall.
The first female finisher was Dana Veen of Grand Rapids. The 19-year-old Veen crossed the line in 20:39.
Amy Bross, 35, of Grand Rapids, was second at 20:15, while Kelly Daniels, 38, of Grand Haven was third at 21:15.
Grand Haven’s Erin Shibley, 34, took fourth at 21:45, and
Layne Corner of Allendale, 16, placed fifth with a time of 22:05.
The female masters winner, Grand Haven’s Wynne Martin, 40, finished in 24:12.
The Kick Off to Summer Run is the first road race of the Lakeshore 5K Challenge, a series of races designed to challenge or motivate local runners. It also includes the Spring Lake Heritage Festival 5K on June 15; the Muskegon Seaway Run on June 22; the Grand Haven Patriot’s Day Run on June 29; and the Tri-Cities YMCA Coast Guard Run on July 27.
Runners or walkers who finish any three of the five races will receive a special award at the conclusion of the Coast Guard Run.
OLD FASHIONED DAYS
The Fruitport Old Fashioned Days 5K and 10K runs drew a total of 245 participants on Saturday.
Damien Halverson, 16, of Hesperia, ran to victory in the 5K run with a time of 16:18.
Alexzander Myers, 17, of Ludington, took second at 17:00, while Devon Joslin, 19, of Twin Lake, was third at 17:11.
Brittany Dupont, 25, of Spring Lake, was the female race winner at 21:07. Next was Spring Lake’s Mackenzie Schmidt, 16, who finished in 21:53.
Muskegon’s Ryan McEnhill, 32, was the overall 10K winner with a time of 38:28.
Grand Haven’s Gabby Hentemann, 12, was the first female finisher, crossing in 44:02, good for an impressive seventh place overall.
Muskegon’s Jacob Boone, 23, was second at 39:18, and Fruitport’s Randy Johnson, 47, was third at 41:34.