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Warrior Run turns in big success
November 14, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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Almost 200 people participated in the fifth annual Warrior Run, held Nov. 2 at Monument Shadows Golf Course.

Started in memory of some local military men who died overseas, the event is a fundraiser for the Veterans and Military Family Emergency Relief Organization. The local organization was formed after reports became common that returning veterans and their families were experiencing emergency situations and were unable to get the immediate assistance they needed.

The Warrior Run featured both 10K and 5K distances, along with a 5K walk.

“Between sponsors and entry fees, we raised somewhere around $16,000,” said Chris Wolf, vice president of the Veterans and Military Families Emergency Relief Organization. “We also had some memorial money donated to the cause. We’re really grateful for everyone’s support.”

Wolf said more than 200 runners turned out for the event, compared with about 120 the previous year. The first event, which was organized by Brad Van Pelt five years ago, attracted about 22 runners.

“It was a beautiful morning for a run,” Wolf said. “People supported the cause and we hope to continue making improvements to grow the event for our area veterans.”

Plans are already underway for the sixth annual Warrior Run, which will take place around Veterans Day 2014. “We want to make this event something people want to support and participate in,” Wolf said. “Having it around Veterans Day helps people remember why we’re here.”

In the 10K run, men’s winners include Jack Linders (50:55) in the 19 and under bracket; James Breidel (47:41) in the 20-20 age group; Justin Shaddick (43:15) in the 30-39 group; Ben Nagel (47:52) in the 40-49 group; and John Seiler II (37:54) in the 50+ age group.

Women’s winners in the 10K event were Brandy Reichert (51:19) in the 20-29 age group; Rachel Forster (48:12) in the 30-39 group; Jacki Musgrace (48:37) in the 40-49 group; and Julie Badenhoop (53:35) in the 50+ age group.

In the 5K run for the men, Scottsbluff cross country runner Matthew Barraza was the 19 and under winner with a time of (17:17). In the 20-29 age group, Scott Mackay posted a 26:28 time. Greg Gion won the 30-39 age group with a 48:48 time and David Nagel in the 40-49 group with a 25:24 time. In the 50+ age group, the winner was Tom Ritterbush with a time of 26:33.

For the women, Taylor Muncie, another Scottsbluff cross country team member, won the 19 and under age group with a 21:14 time. Katie Reichert took the 20-29 age group with a time of 33:57.
The 30-39 age group winner was Masumi Fottral with a 29:48 time and Janie Wyatt in the 40-49 group with 35:40. In the 50+ age group, the winner was Carmen Kleager with a time of 49:20.
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