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Johnson, Weidner first in Olds-Bohm 5K

One former Bureau Valley cross country runner won Saturday’s Nancy Jo Olds-Bohm 5K Race. A current Storm tracker was the first female finisher.

Derrick Johnson, a 2013 BVHS graduate and present member of the Eastern Illinois University’s cross country and track teams, clocked a winning time of 17 minutes, 55 seconds. He placed second a year ago with a time of 17:09 behind Spring Valley’s Scott Janusick.

Regan Weidner, 16, of Buda, was the first female finisher with a time of 21:15. The BVHS junior to be also won in 2012 with a time of 19:58, sixth overall. Julie Speck, 39, of Chicago took second for females in 21:50. Ashley Atwell, 21, was the first female finisher from Walnut in 22:38.

Don Guier (25:36), 60, a Bureau Valley coach, and Katelin Johnson (23:51), a senior to be at BVHS, were the first Wyanet finishers.

Kane Eastwood, 18, of Walnut placed second overall with a time of 18:33. He was followed by Joe Bornac, 46, of LaSalle (1838), Dan Kasperski, 39, of Oglesby (19:07) and Andrew Smith, 17, of Walnut (19:39). Other top 10 finishers included seventh place Kurt Garvin, 27, of Princeton (20:17) and 10th Charlie Lotspeich, 16, of Bradford (20:58).

This year’s event had a record 286 participants signed up, included the kids run, 1-mile memory walk, and 5K. There were 181 participants to cross the 5K finish line.

Other age division winners were: 1-13 - Nicholas Henz, 10, Oswego (20:22) and Nicole Pocivasek, 10, Utica (25:58); 14-19 - Eastwood and Riley Francis, 16, Deer Grove (23:47); 20-24 - Dale Balthouse, 22, Winnebago (20:38) and Ashley Atwell, 21, Walnut (22:38); 25-29 - Garvin and Abby Griggs, 25, Princeton (23:27); 30-34 - Ryan Lieberman, 33, Joliet, 23:51, and Monisha Neff, 31, Princeton, 32:03; 35-39 - Kasperski and Speck; 40-44 - Ken Pool, 42, Princeton, 21:12, and Jodi Eckberg, 42, Lakeway, Texas, 26:29; 45-49 - Bornac and Rhonda Russell, 49, Tampa, 29:42; 50-54 - Tim Kinnison, 54, Kennesaw, Ga., 21:33 and Sis Milroy, 50, Toulon, 25:52; 55-59 - Rodolfo Madigral, 56, Spring Valley, 22:13, and Marie Taylor 58, Spring Valley, 29:53; 60-64 - Steve Hortega, 63, Ottawa, 22:56, and Sue Bebej, 61, Princeton, 54:33; 65-69 - Frank Davis, 68, Rock Falls, 21:54; 70-99 - Terry Lowery, 71, Peru, 30:59.

BV Booster Color Race: The Bureau Valley Booster Club will hold its Color Race 5K/Walk on Aug. 3 in Manlius. Race time is 8 a.m. from Bureau Valley High School. The entry fee of $35 may be sent to the Booster Club at P.O. Box 387, Manlius, IL. 61338-037. For more information, visit

DePue 5K Run/Walk: The third annual 5K Run/Walk held in conjunction with the 2013 boat races at Lake DePue will start at 8 a.m. July 27. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. at the north fire station in DePue.The entry fee is $20 if postmarked on or before July 15. After that date, the fee is $25.

Trophies will be awarded to the top male and female finishers in each age group. The awards ceremony will be held as soon as the last runner crosses the finish line and times are recorded.

Entry forms can be obtained at Starved Rock Runners Club, MC Sporting Goods, YMCA, the Locker Room in Spring Valley, DePue City Clerk’s office, and the DePue Post Office.

For more information, call Michael Rodriguez at 815-878-9024 or Ann Rodriguez at 815-447-2312 or email

Pow Wow Days 5K: The 3rd annual Tiskilwa Pow Wow Days 5K Run/Walk will be held Aug. 3. Registration starts at 6:45 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. at East Park in Tiskilwa.

For more information, call 815-646-4624 or email You may register at

5K schedule: Other upcoming races include: the Onyx Dash for Cash 5K in Ottawa on July 20 (contact: and the Music in Motion 5K in Sterling ( on Aug. 3, the Wenona Days Mr. C’s 5K on Aug. 9, the Mendota CornaPalooza 10K (815-539-7461) on Aug. 10, the Boo Milby Memorial 5K (815-223-1885, in LaSaLLE on Aug. 17 and the Run/Walk for the Rec in Peru on Aug. 24.

PHS running nights: Any Princeton High School student interested in cross country this Fall or aerobic training for other sports is invited to meet at the Zearing Park shelters on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through Aug 2. The Monday and Friday runs will be in the evenings at 6:30 p.m. The Wednesday runs will be in the mornings at 9 a.m. The distances to be run at each session will be determined by each athlete’s experience and fitness level.

Starved Rock Runners clinic: The Starved Rock Runners Club’s running clinics will be held at 6 p.m. at Baker’s Lake every Monday until Aug. 12. There is a kids clinic for ages 7-18 and a women’s clinic for females 18-and-over. For more information, contact Michele Gaeta at

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