Sunny skies, temps in the low 40s, and slight 10 mph winds from the NE provided great running conditions for the RTC Spring Classic 15K and 5K races held on Saturday, April 28, 2018. The 76 runners started at Soldiers Field and headed southwest on the bike trails towards Mayowood.
Evan Richardson led the 5K runners across the finish line in 17:31. Nicole Olson finished 2nd overall in 20:12 and was the first woman finisher. Jeremiah Aakre (21:32) and Chris Rice (23:30) rounded out the top 3 male finishers. Sarah Anderson (27:39) and Stephanie Duong (27:59) finished 2nd and 3rd among women.
The 15K runners were led out at a fast pace by Blake Whalen and Braden Richardson. Blake and Braden both finished under a 6:00 pace with Blake crossing first in 50:17 and Braden placing 2nd in 53:18. Jim Onigkeit was the 3rd overall finisher in 58:18.
Nikki Rendler (Menominee Falls, WI) was the first woman finisher in a quick 1:03:42 followed by Anna Sanchez (1:12:58) and Allison Kleppe (1:16:39).
Continuing to be an inspiration to all of us of a never-ending active lifestyle were the ageless finishers Carol Prescher (78 yrs young) and Dick Westerlund (81 yrs young).