The 2015 Med City Marathon Recap
A drizzly Sunday morning didn’t put a damper on the celebration of fun and fitness in Rochester. What makes the marathon (and the other events of the weekend) so special is that it’s a small-town race in a big city. Whether it’s the farmhouse at mile 5 blasting “Uptown Funk” for passing runners, a runner singing the national anthem and then jumping into the starting corral, or local cross country teams and community groups working the water stops, everyone comes together to make the 20th annual Med City Marathon happen.
The Med City Marathon also strives to be accessible to beginners and veterans alike. Case in point: I was chatting with a man at the exchange point for the fourth leg of the relay. He told me that this would be his first race ever, and he had only been running for about four months. Meanwhile, many finishers in the marathon and half marathon are pillars in the local running community, and the announcers pointed out those accomplishments as they crossed the finish line.
The festivities began Saturday with the race expo, mascot race, family walk, kids’ marathon, toddler trot, diaper dash, and 5k. The 5k was won by Tim McKenna (16:09) and Katie Baures (21:45), both of Rochester.
The half marathon, marathon, 20-miler, and marathon relay started bright and early Sunday morning in nearby Byron. The half marathon was won by Adam Doe of Maple Grove in 1:17:23, and Danielle Vsetecka of Rochester turned the race into a 13.1-mile comeback celebration from a stress fracture, winning in 1:24:31. The marathon was won by Jim Onigkeit of Rochester in 2:54:29, and Julie Crutchfield of Wilmington, IL in 2:59:22.
20 for 20
Race organizers also recognized the seven members of the 20-for-20 club who have run the marathon each year it has taken place: Lin Gentling, Pete Martin, Nels Pierson, Jeff Miller, Ward Lenius, Thomas Perri, and Allan Holtz. They finished in 5:38:25, 5:36:29 3:39:38, 3:54:13, 4:47:52, 3:55:44, and 3:02:48, respectively.
The 20-miler is a hidden gem among the weekend’s races. It’s a great dress rehearsal for runners preparing for Grandma’s or other marathons, or for pacing someone running the marathon. It’s inexpensive, but there isn’t as much swag and fanfare as the other races, and no official results are kept.
The rain didn’t spoil the post-race party on Sunday evening either, despite a last-minute change in location due to the continued rain. Look out for a bigger, better, post-race party next year, complete with a band and free beer.
I ran my first marathon two weeks ago, so I hadn’t planned on racing this weekend. Midway through the week a member of my running group asked me if I wanted to join her on a relay team. I ran the first leg and conquered the roller coaster hills into Rochester.
Myself and my teammates Alica, Anna, and Sarah all had great runs, and together we won the relay title! The announcer was confused that an all-female team could have beaten all of the co-ed and male teams, but that just added to the fun for us.
Did you run the Med City Marathon or one of the other events this past weekend? How did you do? Share your results below!