SPRING VALLEY — The annual 5K run that accompanies the Masters Walleye Circuit fishing tournament was held Saturday at Hall High School.
The top male runner was Hall Red Devil sophomore cross-country runner Al Baldonado who finished the 3.1-mile race with a time of 17:35. Senior teammate Joseph Parochetti (18:11) finished second and Clark Anderson (18:16) was third.
“I felt good. It was a little windy,” Baldonado said.
The leading lady was Kelly Dzierzynski of Cherry with a time of 20:26, followed by Angie Forbeck (23:24) and Gina Puck (23:33) of Princeton.
The first Spring Valley finishers were Victor Bond and Biz Janusick.
The race is organized by the Starved Rock Runner’s Penny Weger, who took over from longtime sponsor Laurie Guerrini in 2012.
“It was a really well established run. Laurie had done it for 25 years and I took it over for her. So, it was quite established, well run and well organized,” Weger said. ‘Last year we had 246 runners. This year we had 202, which I think is great considering no one knew what the weather was going to do. We’re really happy with the turnout. It’s the first race on the Starved Rock Runner’s circuit. It’s a great start for everybody to get out and start running.”
A moment of silence was held for longtime runner Greg Colmone of Spring Valley, who passed away in February.
The circuit holds 10 SRRL running competitions a year throughout the region. The distances vary depending on the race. Participants get plenty of opportunity for recognition as the top three finishers in each of 12 age categories are given an award.
The next SRRL circuit run is in the International Lincoln half marathon in Springfield next month. The cost to participate in the event was $15 preregistration and $20 for entering the day of the event. Water and snacks are provided to all attendees.