The Fourth of July kicked off in Reinbeck this year with a 5K Run, 2 Mile Walk and Kid's Fun Run fundraiser. An event coordinated by the Gladbrook-Reinbeck chapter of Dollars for Scholars. Local businesses partnered with the group to help cover the race costs, allowing profits to go towards scholarships for graduating G-R high school seniors.
Gold level sponsors include: Covenant Clinic, Grundy County Memorial Hospital, Lincoln Savings Bank, Lon's Plumbing and Heating.
Silver level sponsors include: Konken Electric and Reinbeck Municipal Utilities.
Bronze level sponsors include: Heartland Co-op, Parkview Manor, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Rickert Law Office, P.C. and Trunck's Country Food.
Keith and JoAnn Sash, Sash Auction, donated the use of a portable PA system.
The 2 mile walk challenge is not a race. The participant who guesses closest to their actual time wins. This year's first place 2 mile challenge winner is Riley Earp, Ankeny. His actual time was only 7 seconds off of his estimated time. Second place went to Kress Boheman and third place to Becky Billerbeck.
Children participating in the free Kid's Fun Run were able to select a new Hot Wheels car and received a healthy snack once they crossed the finish line. The Hot Wheels were generously donated by Steve Tscherter.
This year's 5K overall female winner was Taylor Petersen (Gladbrook) and the overall male winner was Mike Brennan (Minneapolis, Minnesota). Taylor finished the 3.1 mile course 3rd overall in 18:29 and Mike finished first overall in 17:40. Jeff Short (Oak Park, Ill.) finished 2nd overall with a time of 18:19.
Female 5K gold and silver medal winners by age category:
9 years & under: No entries
10-14 years: 1st Lily Ehlers, Reinbeck 24:02; 2nd- Cora Saak, Grundy Center 26:37
15 19 years: 1st-Cassidy Christopher, Reinbeck 21:40; 2nd-Tiana Saak, Grundy Center 23:22
20-24 years: 1st-Esther Locher 21:40; 2nd- Sara Fort, Cedar Falls 25:10
25-29 years: 1st-Bryndee Nichols, Coralville 22:15; 2nd- Candace Brown, Reinbeck 32:54
30-34 years: 1st-Michelle Sieh, Reinbeck 24:13; 2nd-Alissa Betchick 28:05
35-39 years: 1st-Jill Steele, Hudson 23:37; 2nd-Lisa Drefus, New York, NY 24:27
40-44 years: 1st-Karen Brennan, Minneapolis 21:23; 2nd-Kara Short 27:51
45-49 years: 1st-Cheryl VandeVoorde, Marou Ill. 25:20; 2nd-Janet Weber, Hudson 26:52
50-54 years: 1st-Marci Bengen, Reinbeck 23:24; 2nd-Mary Corwin, Dike 27:25
55+ years: 1st-Kathleen Niedert, Hudson; 2nd-Cathy Hopkins, Reinbeck
Male 5K gold and silver medal winners by age category:
9 years & under: 1st-Cayden Schellhorn, Cedar Falls 24:24; 2nd-Clay Saak, Grundy Center 24:47
10-14 years: 1st Thomas Naughton, Indianola 22:02; 2nd- Grant Simonson, Cedar Falls 24:07
15 19 years: 1st-Dylan Hendricks, Grundy Center 18:58; 2nd-Kurtis Stabenow, Waterloo 21:11
20-24 years: 1st-John Stabenow, Waterloo 19:51
25-29 years: 1st-Charlie Cowell, Sioux City 18:30; 2nd-Ryan Watermiller, Ankeny 21:57
30-34 years: 1st-Tristan Switzer, Conrad 21:30; 2nd-Jeremy Thesing, Reinbeck 24:25
35-39 years: 1st-Lara Salvador, Marshalltown 19:41; 2nd-Ryan Drefus, New York, NY 21:36
40-44 years: 1st-Joe Meyers, Des Moines 23:32; 2nd-Brian Anderson, Reinbeck 25:07
45-49 years: 1st-Jeff Short, Oak Park Ill. 18:19; 2nd-John Dinsmore, Conrad 21:32
50-54 years: 1st-Joe Kerns 26:07; 2nd-Mike Bengen, Reinbeck 28:26
55+ years: 1st-Randy Beichley, Gladbrook 24:35; 2nd-Tony Lyon, Reinbeck 26:17