The Easter Sun Run is one of the premier 10K and 2-mile road races in the Midwest and this year it didn’t disappoint with $3,000 in cash prizes, door prizes, bib chip timing, age group awards, and great food. All profits from the Sun Run went to Youth Horizons to “help break the cycle of fatherlessness”.
With nearly perfect running conditions on Saturday morning, the 10K kicked off at 9am at Sedgwick County Park in Wichita, Kansas with over 750 participants. Mario Macias, 29, of Alamosa Colorado won with a time of 29:36 shattering the old 10K course record of 30:27 set in 2004. Macias won $500 for winning overall male plus another $100 for breaking the course record.
Moses Tum, 29, of Wichita took second with a time of 30:53 followed by Nathan Wadsworth, 28, of Andover (31:42), Rikki Hacker, 32 (32:35), and Dennis Smithhisler, 45 (32:58) rounded out the top 5 men. Each received cash prizes.
For the Women, Melissa Todd, 35, of Kansas City took first place for the 4th year in a row with a time of 35:22. The remaining top 5 women’s spots were all held by Wichitians. Kimber Lemon, 23 (38:17) took 2nd followed by Charity Lenzi, 34 (39:34), Camille Johnson, 24 (41:22), and Heather Neumann, 30(42:29). Each received cash prizes.
The 2-mile run started at 10:15am with over 850 runners. Many runners ran both the 10K and the 2-mile including the overall male and female 2-mile winners. Moses Tum (who placed second in the 10K) won the 2-mile event with a time of 9:24 while Kimber Lemon came back (after her second place finish in the 10K) with a winning time of 11:44 in the 2-mile. Complete results can be found at RunWichita.org.
With this many participants running on the narrow bike paths in the park, runners sometimes had to pass in the grass. Race officials were going to be move the race to the downtown area for 2010, but runners indicated that they wanted to keep it at the park regardless of the crowded course.
This year, the Easter Sun Run boasted the new Bib Chips. All bibs had a chip on the back of the bib. With the bib chip timing system, bib tags no longer need to be pulled off at the finish line making results more accurate. However, all times were still ‘gun times’. The bib chips are not activated at the starting line when you cross the starting line, they are activated when the gun goes off.
Many teams joined together to run the Sun Run. One perk of joining as a team is that team members got a t-shirt with their team name printed across the back along with a discount. In the crowd, you could see teams such as “Here for the Food”, “Team Try a Tri” and “Flying Angels Cross Country”.
The youth cross country team, Flying Angels Cross Country, made the Sun Run into their debut race of the season and were out in full force wearing their Columbia blue uniforms and taking tmany top places in the 2-mile 1-8 year, 9-10 year, and 11-12 year age divisions.
The after race food was great and consisted of hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad, baked beans, chips, pop, cookies and chocolate milk for everyone. With all the great food and wonderful weather, participants sat around and ate while door prizes and awards were being presented.