WILD HOG HALF MARATHON NOTEBOOK: Minnesotan wins wheelchair division
Minnesotan wins wheelchair division Vance Gerkovich of Stewartville, Minn., won the half marathon wheelchair division. Gerkovich completed the course at 1:07:13. He also won the half marathon division this past spring at the Fargo Marathon. Fathe...
Minnesotan wins wheelchair division
Vance Gerkovich of Stewartville, Minn., won the half marathon wheelchair division.
Gerkovich completed the course at 1:07:13.
He also won the half marathon division this past spring at the Fargo Marathon.
Father-daughter team finish
Mike Hergert of Grand Forks crossed the half marathon hand-in-hand with his daughter, Sarah Wocken, and he proudly proclaimed that it was a personal record (PR) for his daughter.
"My PR days are over,'' Hergert said. "It's a lot more fun for me to run with her when she's getting PRs.''
Wocken admitted that even her best wasn't up to dad's standards.
"I was holding him back,'' Wocken said. "He told me it was a nice, comfortable pace. It was faster than I'm used to running.''
Cramps occupy medical station
Medical officials at the finish line Saturday said they treated multiple racers with cramps.
But with the race winding down, trainers said they didn't see injuries more serious than that.
Wide-spread interest in race
As of early last week, the weekend of Wild Hog racing activities had drawn entrants from 28 states and four Canadian provinces.
Rachel Hellyer, a member of the Wild Hog race committee, said that was close to a year ago when the initial Wild Hog event was held.
"Last year, it probably surprised us a little more, being that it was our first year,'' Hellyer said of the wide-spread interest the race attracted.
"But I'm a runner. I travel all over the country to run. I think a lot of runners do. And a lot of (the runners) may have ties to this area, from growing up here, through UND and relatives in the area. It's a good reason to come back.''
To find results -- searchable by name or bib number -- for all races and divisions of the second annual Wild Hog Half Marathon, visit online at bit.ly/1fRcLEQ.
Relay teams battle within divisions
The Wild Hog Half Marathon offered two relay options for runners choosing to participate as a team.
The two-person relay division attracted 10 teams, with a team based out of
Fargo winning the title.
Women Hooked on Running, also known as Team WHORS, won the division in 1:41:07.
Close behind, the team PIMP: Pain is my Pleasure captured second in 1:41:15 and Dick Leker's Drinking Team finished third in 1:46:09.
Sixteen teams completed the three-person relay division.
The winning trio was Team 'ME" NAGE A" TROIS' won in a time of 1:40:45. Team Grade A Choice captured second in 1:46:50 and Team We Run for Bacon placed third in 1:54:30.