Runners Get Their Geek On

On Saturday, May 4, geek lovers united and ran in the Embrace Your Inner Geek 10K race, with a 5K run/walk also slated for the less committed..

On Saturday, May 4, geek lovers united and ran in the Embrace Your Inner Geek 10K race, with a 5K run/walk also slated for the less committed.. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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It’s tough to admit you might be a geek, but a field of 51 runners of all ages and abilities turned out for the “Embrace Your Inner Geek” 5K and 10K races held May 4 at Rumsey Park.

Town Special Events Coordinator David Roehig expressed satisfaction with the turn out, even though it was smaller than last year when about 80 competed.

“It was pretty good, but most importantly we earned some money for PAAL (Payson Association for Advanced Learners),” Roehig said.

In the 10K, Ryland Wala was the overall winner finishing in 45:46. Anna Schouten was fastest in the 5K, running a 26:04.

Both runs began and ended in Green Valley Park, but the 10K course traversed town streets, including a complete a loop from Green Valley Park, onto Vista at Payson Golf Course, up the hill to Airport Road and back down to Green Valley Park on McLane.

Roehig said the toughest portion of the course was the uphill run just after the Pioneer Cemetery.

Organizers set up four water stations along the 10K course and one on the 5K that runners passed twice.

PAAL supports advanced learning at local schools through conferences, assessment and field trips to cities like Washington, D.C. and New York.

Top finishers

10K Men

1st - John Kratchman

2nd - Jeff Stokes

3rd - Steve Borges

4th - Albert Hunt

5th - Richard Gift

10K Women

1st - Martha Kratchman

2nd - Melissa Cave

3rd - Melinda Rolan

4th - Nikki Stokes

5th - Keri Kirby

5K Men

1st - Bob Young

2nd - John Becker

3rd - John Jones

4th - Don Smith

5th - Jesse Clark

5K Women

1st - Jackie Swigart

2nd - Adriana Barnes

3rd - Lucy Schouten

4th - Becky O’Conner

5th - Tanya Schlegel-Ryden

Female Student 5K

1st - Anna Schouten

2nd - Maddie Beier

3rd - Zoe Wright

4th - Amy Borges

5th - McKenna Cave

Male Student 5K

1st - Aaron Rolan

2nd - Robby Rheinhart

Male Student 10K

1st - Ryland Wala

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