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Run for the Cob draws 166 participants

Racers range from ages 3-67

August 8, 2014
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

The annual Run for the Cob was held again this past Saturday as part of the Sweet Corn Day activities.

This year's fundraiser for the Estherville Lincoln Central and Iowa Lakes Community cross-country programs featured 166 participants.

The event features four races-half marathon, 10K, 5K and 1-mile fun run. Participants ranged in age from 3 to 67.

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The 1-Mile Run feature several young participants at the annual Run for the Cob last Saturday. The racers started on North Sixth Street at the intersection of Second Avenue North.
Photo by Michael Tidemann

Nine runners took part in the half Marathon with 22-year-old Samuel Fransen winning in 1 hour, 26 minutes and 8.6 seconds.

Ben Theesfeld, 34, finished second in 1:38.01.8. Alyssa Sackett, 29, finished third overall and was the first female to finish with her time of 1:45:50 with Ashley Loehr, 29, finishing second among females and fourth overall in 1:46:21.2. Melissa Skrepak, 24,was just over a minute back as she placed fifth in 1:47:28.4.

Vic Morales, 40, winner of the 5K Run for the Cob race in 2013, took top honors in the 10K this year, winning by nearly 10 minutes with his time of 36:36.7.

Salvador Salazar, 21, finished second in 46:21.1. Holly Neusch, 44, was the first female to finish in the 10K and she finished third overall in 46:28.3. Diana Shewmaker, 29, placed second among females and fourth overall in 47:16.0

The 10K race featured 23 participants.

In the 5K race-the most popular with 89 participants-Tim Harder, 28, won in 16:07.2 while Collin Daub finished second in 18:14.5. Ann Shamblen, 28, was the first female to finish as she placed 15th overall in 25:11.3.

Francesca Feekes, 18, finished 16th overall and second among females in 25:13.4.

In the 1-mile race, 45 participants crossed the finish line. Nine-year-old Katelyn Myers was the first to finish in 7:58.67 while Bennett Duitsman, 7, finished second in 8:11.557.

Complete race results can be found online at



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