Governor’s Cup runners ride the wind

Clayton Hofstra stretches to prepare for the Governor's Cup 5K race that started at the downtown City Museum Saturday morning.

Clayton Hofstra stretches to prepare for the Governor's Cup 5K race that started at the downtown City Museum Saturday morning.

Runners at the annual Governor’s Cup, Southeast Road Runners’ most popular 5K race, benefitted from a tailwind Saturday morning.

“It was raining when I left home, so I was worried about it,” fourth-place finisher Jamie Bursell said. “But we were downhill in a tailwind the whole way, so it was great.”

Fifty-seven runners came out for the 9 a.m. race that winds past the Governor’s Mansion, down 12th Street and out Glacier Highway.

“It’s kind of a sneaky course because you end up going out too fast and then you have to just hang the rest of the way,” Bursell said.

Erin Wallace, a stellar distance runner for Thunder Mountain High School’s track team, won the race on the women’s side with a time of 20 minutes, 14 seconds, while Hiram Henry logged the top time for the men at 16:56.

“Perfect conditions for this,” 11th-place finisher Darren Booton said. Booton, who’s been training for the Aug. 6 Aukeman Triathlon, said the “regular group” took home the top spots at this year’s competition.

“The guys that are at the top are the ones that are always at the top,” Booton said, adding that Hiram Henry, who recorded the fastest time at 16:56 is “extremely fast. The only time he’s not at the top is if one of the college guys are running.”

SERR had to cancel its July 13 race at Outer Point due to not being able to find a race director. Its next race is the July 16 Mount Roberts Tram Run.

Top 10 Men

1. Hiram Henry 16:56

2. Alec Nevalainen 17:05

3. Garrett Ruley 17:10

4. Greg Frank 17:22

5. Justin Sleppy 19:15

6. Ricky Worl 19:40

7. David Phillips 19:43

8. Clayton Hofstra 20:00

9. Luis Enrique Villareal 21:06

10. Brain McTague 21:07

Top 10 Women

1. Erin Wallace 20:14

2. Liz Brooks 23:37

3. Megan Costello 23:41

4. Jamie Bursell 24:40

5. Lindsay McTague 25:03

6. Anne Weske 25:05

7. Alejandra Rico 25:14

8. Kristin McTague 25:46

9. Lucretia Mervine 25:50

10. Jennifer Thorstinson 26:37

Runners pass the Governor's Mansion during the Governor's Cup 5K race Saturday morning.

Runners pass the Governor’s Mansion during the Governor’s Cup 5K race Saturday morning.

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