Familiar Faces Win Eisenhower Marathon
KSAL Staff - April 9, 2016 4:12 pm
Hundreds of runners battled the wind, and a chill in the air Saturday morning and hit the streets in and around Abilene. The Dickinson County community came together to host the 14th running of the Eisenhower Marathon.
The event included a men’s and women’s marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K races. There was also a family fun walk.
A couple of familiar faces brought home the gold in the marathon.
Daniel Craig from Gypsum won an unprecedented 5th men’s title. He told KSAL News that the wind was a blessing, and a curse. It was tough running out against it, but it was a tailwind for the final stretch.
The women’s winner was Katie Kramer-Ochoa, for the second year in a row. She also won the event in 2012, and set the course record.
Brent Bailey of Salina won the men’s half-marathon. He is the cross-country and track coach at Kansas Wesleyan University.
Jennifer Forkenbrock from Lawrence won the women’s half-marathon.
Other winners include:
Men’s 10K – Jacob Harper from Newton
Women’s 10K – Lindsey Borgomainerio from Indianola, Iowa
Men’s 5K – Marcus Rothchild from Abilene
Women’s 5K – Alicia Morgan from Junction City
One of the more unique runners this year was Adam Stroik from Savage, Minnesota, who carried an American flag with him as he ran the 26.2 mile marathon.
Organizer June DeWeese says that over 500 runners participated. She credits a dedicated group of volunteers to making the event, which is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, a success.
This year’s marathon was part of a full day of events in Abilene. In addition to the racing, there was a kite festival planned. There also was a blues concert featuring American Idol contestant Jessica Paige and the Santiago Brothers Blues Band. A Neil Diamond Tribute concert was also on the agenda.