Bay Days run draws a crowdThe Sixth Annual Bay to Bay Run and Walk 10K took place on a windless, 74-degree Saturday morning as part of the Bay Days celebration. A record number of runners (107) and walkers (24) took to the Superior Hiking Trail out of Silver Bay, then down County Road 4 to Beaver Bay.
By: Lake County News-Chronicle, Lake County News Chronicle
The Sixth Annual Bay to Bay Run and Walk 10K took place on a windless, 74-degree Saturday morning as part of the Bay Days celebration. A record number of runners (107) and walkers (24) took to the Superior Hiking Trail out of Silver Bay, then down County Road 4 to Beaver Bay.
The overall winner of the run was Guthrie Cunningham, 19, from Finland, with a time of 45:47. Maxim Riederer, 15, from Silver Bay was second.
The female winner was Emily Carlson, 36, from Helendale, Calif., with a time of 59:20. Second was Anna Shield, 18, from Two Harbors.
Lisa Topp, 49, from Silver Bay, was the winner of the walk. In second was Amy Johnson, 38, from Silver Bay. Last place went to Karen Cooper with a valiant effort.
The youngest finisher was Jarret Gronski, 9, of Superior, with a time of 90:17. A big mistake was suspected when we recorded Dan Overby’s time as 90 minutes. He ran the race last year in about half the time. After further research, it was learned that Dan was escorting his nephews, which included Jarret.
The oldest finisher was Douglas Furan, 65, from Pillager.
The “Indiana Connection” entered 14 runners. A group of teenagers has come up for the run the past five years under leader Bill Niederhaus. Josh Whitehead from Indiana won the race in 2007, 2008, and 2010. He didn’t run this year.
Greg Hexman was so fast that he beat Tom Clifford, who was placing signs on the trail after the start due to previous vandalism. He went the wrong way and probably was the winner if he went the right way.
Director Clifford and his assistant, George Pope, thanked the many volunteers. Shawn Goette and Krysti Pirsig were the “computer persons.” Pirsig also ran the finish line. Silver Bay registrars were Chris Small, Kim Breden, and Junior LeGault. The announcer was Scott Thun.
The finish line crew included Marlene and Arnie Overby, Barb Crabtree, Charlie and Susan Michels, Brennan Clark, David Olson, Janessa Russell, and Ann Gronski.
The water stop crew was from the City of Silver Bay. Trail monitor was Bob Fish. The sweeps were Han and Steph Taylor. The Taylors also cleared and mowed the trail before the race.
Fluids were donated by Zup’s. Traffic control was by the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, Silver Bay Police, and Northshore Mining.
The race is sponsored by North Shore Federal Credit Union.