Jason – best since 1989 and Danna – 7th best ever at Pursuit

Des Moines – September 24, 2012

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Runablaze Iowa sweep the 30th Capital Pursuit 10 mile (Des Moines, Sept. 23).  Jason Flogel‘s time of 51:10 was the best since 1989 when Mike Carney won.  Luke Demmel was 2nd in 54:23 and Martin Popp 5th in 55:52.
The women were even more impressive as they took the top 4 places with Danna Kelly 1st in 59:22, good for 7th best time ever beating her 2011 time of 59:46.  Ellen Ries was 2nd in 1:00:15, Traci Kresser 3rd in 1:00:25, Casey McDermott 4th in 1:01:28 and Katie Hamel 6th in 1:03:31.
In the 5K Mason Frank won in 15:04 and Chris Robertson was 2nd in 15:17.

Luke Demmel won the 27th Oktemberfest (Marshalltown, Sept. 22) in 35:07.  This sleepy little race has had better times, literally.  ISU Jonathan Brown set the record in 1993 of 28:52 and later was 4th (twice) in the Olympic Marathon representing Great Britian.  Jon was in Sydney (2000) just 7 second from the bronze and Athens (2004) just 15 seconds from the bronze.  Other Olympians that ran the race Bob Kempainen (US-Marathon), Patrick Sang (Kenyan-Steeplechase) and Rodney DeHaven (US-Marathon).  There were 11 sub 30 minute men’s times at the race and 19 sub 36 minute women’s times at the race.

On a personal note it was good to see the 30th Capital Pursuit, after starting it in 1983.  It had some great years including 1985 when Phil Coppess (Clinton) ran a 48 minutes flat, a few weeks later he set the Twin Cities Marathon record which still stands of 2:10:06.  Cal

About Runablaze Iowa
Runablaze Iowa athletes are based throughout Iowa.  Formed in 2006, the purpose of the team is to improve post-collegiate Iowa distance running.  Major Iowa running specialty stores, Iowa races and Iowa runners at those races support Runablaze Iowa.

Cal Murdock – Team Public Relations

Robyn Friedman – Team President


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