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Fish Flies Run Rampant In Grosse Pointe!

Grosse Pointe Run Another Success!

Fish Flies Run Rampant In Grosse Pointe

The 33rd edition of the Grosse Pointe Run took place on Saturday, September 15 with close to 500 runners and walkers taking part in either the 10K or 5K events.  Weather certainly was not a factor with temperatures in the low 60’s and the sun reflecting off the waters of Lake St. Clair.  The race traverses Lake Shore Drive and has become a staple for runners.  And since the 10K track is a loop, fans, family and spectators get an excellent view of the runners.

On this day Paul Zeichman of Birmingham was the overall 10K male winner with a time of 39:40 resulting in a 6:23 pace per mile.  In the women’s division, Grosse Pointer Amanda Vintevoghel led the field with a 7:11 per mile pace giving her a 44:38 finishing time.  Last year’s male winner in the 65 to 69 age group, yours truly Bill Kalmar, finished third in that age group having been beaten by two 65 year old youngsters.  As such, yours truly is anxiously awaiting next year’s event since I will be 70 years old and there are few, if any, runners in that category. 
Guess it pays to outlive one’s competition!

The run is organized by the Grosse Pointe Sunrise Rotary Club and sponsored by numerous other local companies.  Rotary members along with numerous students from the GPS Interact Club and various other Grosse Pointe schools handled the water stations and the traffic and did a great job.

For me, this was a family event as two of our grandsons and one of our granddaughters participated in the race – the 5K.  Grandson Joseph Kalmar finished first in his age group – (15-17) with a time of 20:36 or 6:38 per mile.  Alex Kalmar recorded a time of 22:11 in the 12 to 14 age group and finished second.  Rachel Harris, in her very first run in the 12 to 14 age group, had a time of 28:06. 

Both Joseph and Alex are members of the Detroit Boat Club Rowing Team
and they competed in the event along with the entire Rowing Team.  Rachel is following in the footsteps of her Mom, MaryJo who competed on the very successful Grosse Pointe South High School Cross Country Team.  In fact, this past summer Rachel was involved in a training camp with South coach Steve Zaranek so I am looking for her to be a member of the South Cross Country Team some time down the road.  And yes, I am a proud grandfather and look forward to running with this same trio in some upcoming races.

Each year, participants in the Grosse Pointe Run receive a colorful t-shirt that is a real keeper.  This year the shirts were printed with scores of fish flies overlaying the race name and sponsors.  I suspect fish flies have become the official mascots of the Pointes. Fortunately for the runners, fish flies make their annual appearance in June so we were not encumbered with the nasty bugs.  But just
maybe having some on our shirts made us run a bit faster!

So hats off to race director Wayne Manchester for another successful event! 
It is always great to have such a well-organized event continue to be on
the running schedule. As you put your running calendar together for 2013, set
your schedule for the 34th annual Grosse Pointe Run – always on the 3rd Saturday in September. (Sept. 21)  It’s always a fun time and definitely for a good cause.

Bill Kalmar

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