The Todd Beamer Memorial Run for 2020 changed locations and found its runners donning masks, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But the new location — Juniper Hills Park — presented a beautiful course to match the perfect July 4th morning.
The run included a 6-mile walk, a 5-kilometer race, a 10-K and 2-mile fun run. The event honors Todd Beamer, who drowned in 1997 while taking several of his family dogs for a run along an irrigation canal. But as race director Bud Beamer, Todd's father, said during his presentation before the 5 and 10-K start, the race is the honor anyone who has passed that the participants loved and cared for. Beamer reminded the runners that "what you do for yourself dies when you die. What you do for others lives on."
With coronavirus awareness at the forefront, participants were told to wear mask for the first quarter mile of the runs, and at all times before and after the race. The rules were followed by nearly everyone.
Daniel Porter won the 10-K race, clocking a 44:20. Dustin Miller was next in with a 44:40 time. Josh Hocker was third overall with a 45:23. Nina Nelson won the women's 10-K with a 56:29 time, and Sara Kollen was second with a 60:17 mark.
In the 5-K race, Cole Rahi was the overall winner, finishing in 23:41. His brother, Tyler Rahi, was second with a 24:57 time. Nicole Porter was the first female to cross, finishing in 26:04.
There were 14 participants who took on the 6-mile walk. Nearly all were clustered together between 1:45 and 1:55. Sandra Danzuka was the first female in at 1:41.33 and Raymond Shike was the first male finisher, in 1:41.34.
In the 2-mile fun run, Mylaena Norton, age 12, was the first to finish, in 15:36. For the males, her brother, Tommy, age 8, was first, taking the course in 17:50.
"The uncertainties surrounding the coronavirus pandemic along with a totally new race course and venue posed some challenges for the Todd Beamer Memorial Run organizers, but hard work and responsible participants made it a highly successful event. The financial returns were not great, but in these challenging times to show that we could offer an uplifting, safe activity was most satisfying," said Bud Beamer.
"To be so fortunate to have the beautiful Juniper Hills Park as well as the East Hills Fork Trails Park to hold the event, both offering spectacular views, certainly put the event in a league of its own. The amount of work that went into making the trails at the East Hills Park is staggering and the complex is such a great addition to our local recreational offerings."
Beamer noted that next year's race will be the 25th year of the Memorial Run — and it will be the last in the series memorializing Todd as well as other individuals who participants individually honor.
Beamer added: "'Those things we do for ourselves die with us, those things we do for others go on and on long after we are gone' has been the mantra of our event. Hopefully, the spirit of the event can continue in some form in the years to come. It has always been an event to promote health and to honor those who have been dear to us."
Beamer said the 2020 run was dedicated to Ron Ochs, who recently passed away. Beamer regarded Ochs as "one of the finest men to make Jefferson County his home."
"This year's event showed that if we can abide by rules and regulations that activities can take place with minimal risk. One can choose to be part of an activity or not, but whatever the decision is, let us be considerate of others and in this difficult time be able to experience the good things in life by acting responsibly. It really isn't that difficult."
There is still a chance to participate in the run and to support the scholarship program it funds. There is a virtual Todd Beamer Memorial Run, which can be signed up for at Macrecdistrict.com. Participants have the rest of the month to take the course, or one of their own choosing, and report their times. Check the website for more information.
2020 Todd Beamer Memorial Run
Age groups: 29-29 - Dan Porter 44:20; Josh Hocker 45.23; Joel Buckle 58:49. 30-39: Ian Nelson 49:49; Jonathan Courtney 59:29. 40-49: Dustin Miller 44:46. 50-59: Keith Krueger 1:00; Michael Baker 1:16.
30-39 Nina Nelson 56:29. 40-49 Sara Kollen 60:17.
Male: 13 and under: Cole Rahi 23:41; Tyler Rahi 24:57; Jakobe Franklin 26:18; 14-19: Grayson Symons 24:58; Jacob Hulsey 32.58; 20-over: Steven Padilla 26:24; Alex Stork 28:56; Vincent Simtustus 32:25. 60-over Don Courtney 33:22.
Female: 14-19 Olivia Symons 50:14; Hannah Holiday 50:16; 20-over: Nicole Porter 26:04; Chelsi Ruiz 28.58; Cecelia Jackobson 29:11.
Male: 39-under: Jackson Bicart 1:44.02; Ryan Brodie and Casey Strong (no times reported). 40-59: Raymond Shike 1:41.34; 60-over: Pete Bicart 1:44.07.
Female: 39-under: Emma Buckle 1:42.12; Sarah Lindstedt 1:44.12; Chloe Brockopp 1:55.46. 40-59: Sandra Danzuka 1:41.33; Karan Brodie 1:54.06; Kimberly Palmer 1:56.01. 60-over: Janice Alexander 1:42.14; Nancy Richards 1:42.14; Judy Bicart 1:44.
2-Mile Fun Run
Female: 0-5: Kiara Forte 21.43; 6-10: Alessandra Norton 18:07; Maddy Irvine 32:38. 11-15 Mylaena Norton 15:36; 20-over: Heather Klos 18:07; Jennie Beamer 22:02; Stacy Norton 22:32.
Male: 6-10: Tommy Norton 17:50; Corbin Searcy 21:07. 11-15: Alex Irvine 32.55. 20-over: Brandon Searcy 21:07; Tom Norton 21:07; Jason Forte 21:43.
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