The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

October 6, 2012

Spire Institute to host Olympians at half marathon

By MARGIE NETZEL - mnetzel@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP — Olympic medal winner Mac Wilkins and Olympian Nate Brannen will host the Spire Institute Covered Bridges Half Marathon and Youth Challenge Mile on Oct. 14.

The event will start and finish at Spire Institute, Route 534, Harpersfield Township.

Overall, three males and females will receive prize money: First place $75; second place $50; third place $25. Age group awards are Achilles Running Shop gift certificates and are tentatively allotted for age groups 10 and under, 11-14,15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-30, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80 and older. All participants of the one-mile run will receive an award.

Pre-registration before Oct. 10 is $55; after Oct. 11 is $75. A $2 fee is added for PayPal and website maintenance.

The run will include water stops and carbohydrate-intensive energy drinks and bathroom facilities at miles 3, 5, 7, 10 and at the finish line.

More stops will be added to the run if the weather is warm.

The first 200 runners receive a North Face zip-up or an Asics technical shirt, a glass of wine courtesy of South River Winery and post party by Fuel of Spire.

Race sponsors include Lake Health, Bass Lake Taverne, Precision Orthopedics, Heinen’s and Junction Auto Family, Molinari’s, Lightning Event Management, Rx Sorbo Performance Insoles, Teresa George and Dollar Bank.

Wilkins will serve as the keynote speaker at a pasta party the night before the race at Fuel of Spire Institute. The dinner, which is included with pre-registration, will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wilkins is a multiple Olympic medal winner and former world record holder in the discus.

Olympic 1,500 meter runner Brannen and Wilkins will be available at for a meet and greet at the race.

Proceeds of the race will benefit the Youth Challenge of Cleveland.  The Youth Challenge brings together children with physical disabilities and youth volunteers who enrich each other’s lives through one-on-one participation in adapted sports and recreational activities. For more information on the Youth Challenge, visit www.youthchallengesports. com.