About 850 people competed in either the marathon, half-marathon or 5K, and many more enjoyed live music, fall treats and of course — locally brewed beer.
Proceeds went toward the Faith Marie Losee Fund — named for race organizers Todd and Diane Losee’s daughter who was stillborn in 2006 due to an issue with her umbilical cord. The fund, which at the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, raises funds to provide infant medical equipment to neonatal departments at local hospitals.
“Today was great,” Diane said. “We had a lot of turnout. People read about our cause, (and) we get a lot of people who can relate. They come because they like the mission and they like to run.
“Today we had a big turnout. We had almost 900 runners. We try to put on a good race. We try to make it nice so people like it, and we have a beautiful area that we run in, so people come from all over.”
One out-of-stater who ran on Saturday was 68-year-old George Beitzel of Mt. Joy, Pa. Beitzel was looking for a fall marathon in Michigan so he could cross the state off his list — it was the 34th one he had run a marathon in.
“The people are friendly (here) and the course was nice,” Beitzel said. “I’m not so enamored with loop courses, but this was really really nice — and the weather was good.”
Jake Gillette of Goshen, Ind. won the marathon with a time of two hours, 42 minutes and 23 seconds. He was followed by David Niblack of Mundelein, Ill. (2:53:56) and Scot Ursum of Grandville (2:55:08).
Spring Lake’s Bobby Chapman came in second in the males age 20 to 24 category, with a time of 3:41:54.
“I like doing this one,” Chapman said. “It’s five minutes from my house, and it’s always a good course. It’s the same runs that I do for training — around the lake kind of stuff. It’s a nice race. I’ve done it three years in a row now, so I like it.”
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