About 600 runners laced up their shoes Saturday morning and hit the streets in and around Abilene. The Kansas community came together to host the 12th 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.
There were no repeat winners this year, with a couple of new faces winning the marathon. Kory Kool of Manhattan won the men’s race, denying Gypsum native Daniel Craig a 5th consecutive win. Kool and Craig have a friendly rivalry. Kool defeated Craig previously in the half-marathon at the event, and then finished runner up to Craig in the marathon the next year.
Shannon Suing from Lincoln, Nebraska, won the women’s marathon. While this was her 8th overall marathon, it was the first time she has ever won a race, at any distance.
Other winners include:
Men’s Half Marathon – Tim Testa, Junction City
Women’s Half Marathon – Marissa Bartosch, Manhattan
Men’s 10K – Brandon Schroeder, Herington
Women’s 10K – Cassie Klingeberg, Abilene
Men’s 5K – Kirkland Babin, Chapman
Women’s 5K – Marcia Tillery, Salina
Organizer June DeWeese says that between 550 – 600 people particpated. She credits a dedicated group of volunteers to making the event, which is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon, a success.