Three records set at Bay to Bay RunLast weekend’s Bay to Bay Road & Trail Run and Walk was one for the history books.
By: Matt Suoja, Lake County News Chronicle
Last weekend’s Bay to Bay Road & Trail Run and Walk was one for the history books.
Not only did Duluthian Andre Watt set a course record with a time of 42 minutes, 15 seconds, but a record was also broken for a number of finishers – 115. Annie Knutson was the top female finisher, who set the female record with a time of 57:21.
George Pope, co-director for the race, said it was a fantastic success.
“We are now on two Web sites,” he said about the recent turnout of entrants. “Repeat runners spread the word.”
The event, in its fourth year, even brought folks from Indiana – 15 to be exact. It’s wasn’t their first time here for the race either, but it was a first for them not to come back with the Bay to Bay title.
Bill Niederhaus, who coaches the runners from Indiana, said he and his runners go someplace every year for an event. They look on the Internet to find what runs fit their fancy. They have competed in the Bay to Bay run the last three years.
The biggest success on the Silver Bay side may have come from Walt Olson who, at 80, was the oldest finisher in the race.
The youngest finisher was 13-year-old Nate Niederhaus, of Indiana, who finished 15th overall with a time of 56:31.
Surprisingly there weren’t as many Bay runners as one would expect.
“We still can’t get a lot of local runners,” Pope said. “We have a lot of walkers from the area.”
Most of those who did participate, avoided injury.
“It was a well-prepared trail,” Pope said, adding that Han Taylor of the Superior Hiking Trail helped clear weeds and obstacles for the event.
About half the event, which is 10 kilometers, was on the Superior Hiking Trail between and Beaver and Silver bays.
Tom Clifford was also a co-director for the event.
Many groups helped with the Bay to Bay Run’s efforts.
North Shore Federal Credit Union sponsored the event while Northshore Mining rearranged its train schedule so runners could cross the tracks safely.
The city of Silver Bay also helped the cause with the police department monitoring the corners of the course, the city running the water stop on the Golf Course Road along with the registration and finish line crews. Zup’s also donated fluids.