April 18, 2009
By Dave Panza
Mark Vogt and Ellen Brennan Hearn won the weekly SIAC Run for Fun at Clove Lakes Park. Vogt covered the three mile course in 20:48, narrowly defeating Bobby Guidera (20:50) and Peter Ballentine (20:55).
Hearn won the women's race in 25:04, with Mary Orazem (26:22) and Catherine Morrison-Buck (26:40) placing second and third.
Guidera was bidding for perhaps the oldest victor of the Fun Run award in his battle with Vogt and Ballentine. After a tight first loop, Guidera broke away when Fiona Rose Morrison-Buck, whose carriage Mark was pushing, inadvertently dropped her bottle. Not only did Mark stop to retrieve the precious bottle, but gentleman Ballentine did the same, clearly recognizing the importance of the bottle relative to Fun Run championship glory.
But alas, Guidera was unable to hold his widening lead, and the three engaged in a mad dash to the finish. The only participant not completely out of breath was Fiona Rose, who cooperated by holding on to her bottle during these crucial final moments. I tip my hat to every one of these gladiators, as the fans were greatly entertained.
No Fun Run next week due to to the Greenbelt Adventure Race.