DECATUR– Nearly 1,500 runners turned out for the 26th annual Shoreline Classic along the shores of Lake Decatur on Sunday morning making it one of the largest races on record.
Race Director John Pranschke credited the beautiful weather on race day as well as new technology that allowed for same day signups for the boost in numbers- but tradition played a large part as well, “This race has a reputation in the running community that it has cultivated over its 26 years, the amount of volunteers and the great layout make it a desirable race for everyone.”
The race offered its traditional 5k and 15k races for adults, as well as a 50 yard dash and ½ mile tot trot for kids.
“We want to make sure we have something for everyone so entire families want to come out, not just runners,” Pranschke added. Unofficial race numbers indicate that roughly 1,500 adults participated as well as over 150 kids; both numbers would top last years race.
The overall winner from Sunday morning was Duncan Kwemboi , who traveled to race all the way from Lansing Michigan. Kwemboi finished the 15k portion of the race with a time of 45 minutes and 30 seconds. Paul Muturi finished in second place overall with a time of 45 minutes and 31 seconds, and Nicholas Kipngetich finished 3rd with a time of 45 minutes and 32 seconds.
On the women’s side, Hellen Kepkurgat finished 1st with a time of 52 minutes and nine seconds; Phillis Yator finished 2nd with a time of 52 minutes and 16 seconds, and Irna Alexandrova finished in 3rd place with a time of 52 minutes and 37 seconds.
A photo gallery of the Shoreline Classic can be found here.