1st Annual Hills and Hollows Half Marathon/5K Recap

1st Annual Hills and Hollows Half Marathon/5K Recap

1st Annual Hills and Hollows Half Marathon/5K Recap

The First Annual, Melvin J. Fisher Hills and Hollows Half Marathon, 5K Run / Walk held in Valmeyer, IL Saturday September 24, 2005 was a GREAT SUCCESS.

120 Registered Volunteers, 70 Half Marathon Runners, 114, 5K Runners / Walkers. Registered participants came from 11 states as far away as Vermont and California. A total of 46 business and organization help make this event possible for the first time.

The Valmeyer American Legion presented the American Flag as the Valmeyer High School Chorus sang, God Bless America and the National Anthem. Illinois State Representative Dan Reitz welcomed the runners, walkers and volunteers. Last minute formal instructions were given by Race Director, Marvin Fisher who was dressed in tuxedo with tails. The Runners and Walkers were escorted by a Valmeyer Firetruck the entire length of the Half Marathon course.

The men’s 5K course record was set by Jared Driskill of Edwardsville, IL with a winning time of 18 minutes and 30 seconds. The women’s 5K course record was set by Collen Casey of Richmond Heights, MO with a winning time of 19 minutes and 14 seconds. The men’s Half Marathon course record was set by Pete Weigel of Kirkwood, MO with a winning time of 1 hour 27 minutes and 40 seconds. The women’s Half Marathon course record was set by Hedi Chamber of St. Louis, MO with a winning time of 1 hour 41 minutes and 1 second. 209 Awards Plaques were custom designed for the winners and sponsors which matched the T-Shirts and medals for the finishers

The Firefighter 5K Run / Walk Traveling Trophy was taken home by David Schlingmann of Hillsboro, MO with a winning time of 21 minutes and 47 seconds. The Firefighter Half Marathon Traveling Trophy was claimed by Nick Giovanetti of Dupo, IL with a winning time of 2 hours 7 minutes and 10 seconds. Both firefighters said they would be back next year to defend their title. The 22 inch tall trophies have a firefighter on top of them and room for the runners name, department, finishing time and the year on each name plate.

The race course was lined with volunteers dressed in florescent safety green T-Shirts, silk screened with a 7 color design print. Aid Stations were placed every mile with volunteers calling out time splits, handing out water or poweraid, cheering on the runners over the noise of boom boxes playing high energy music. Fitness trainers also assisted at the Aid Stations monitoring the runners health conditions each mile along the course. As the participants approached the finish line their names were called out in recognition of completing the course. Everyone had a PR (personal record) on the course account it was their first time on the course.

Waiting for the finishers was a custom made medal for the event that matched the T-Shirts and Plaques, ice cold towels, massage tables with therapist, vitamin water, poweraid, fruit, and cold beer if you were old enough.

The Hills and Hollows Road Runners Club of America is the host organization. Portapotties will be added to the start / finish area and on the race course next year. The club members have already started planning to make next year bigger, better and more fun!