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On a day that featured great running weather, 35-year-old Matt Seymour became the first Chester winner of the Popeye 5K race on Sept. 9 during the 38th annual Popeye Picnic.
More than 200 participants showed up on race morning with 115 competitors in the 5K race and 38 competitors in the 5K Competitive Walk. Another 115 runners and walkers participated in the 1.5-mile Fun Run/Walk.
Seymour's winning time was 20:33.8. Other top five male winners were Hunter Fedderke, of Chester (2nd, 21:13.6); Brandon Middendorf, Steeleville (3rd, 21:50); Troy Birch, Baldwin (4th, 21:27) and Shawn Bert, Ellis Grove (5th, 21:37).
The overall female winner was Marci Furuholemen, of Sparta with a time of 21:33.8. Other top five female winners were Marla Rathjen, of Jacob, (2nd, 22:49); Michelle Schmidt. of Murphysboro (3rd, 22:49.1); Jennifer McDonnell, of Richmond Heights, Mo. (4th, 24:03.9) and Tara Ticer, of Chester (5th, 24:57.6).
There were 29 female competitors and nine male competitors in the 5K Competitive Walk for a total of 38 competitors. Special awards were presented to the Overall winner in both the male and female age categories.
The top three finishers in each respective age group also received medals.
The overall winner of the Competitive Walk was Candy Cicardi, of Pinckneyville, with a time of 38:15.8. The overall male winner was Tony Miksanek, of Benton, with a winning time of 33:08.5.
Several local runners won age group awards in both the male and female 5K Race.
Male age group winners included: Gabriel Coffman, of Chester (14 and Younger, 24:30); Diego Gomez, of Chester (20-24, 23:37); Justin Massey, of Chester (35-39, 21:41); Ron Hillerman, of Chester (50-54, 24:42) and Keith Kittell, of Chester (60-64, 24:17).
Female age group winners were Abigail Zweigart, of Evansville (14 and Younger, 42:40); Katie Kerkhover, of Chester (20-24, 27:53); Sarah Brennfleck, of Steeleville (40-44, 25:16); Andrea Decker, of Chester (45-49, 25:28); and Betty Bohnert, of Chester, (50-54, 26:21).
Emma Nazar, of Chicago, was the winner of the 15-19 age group with her time of 25:59. She is the niece of Steve and Sue Colonel of Chester.
In the 5K Competitive Walk there were four female local winners of age group awards.
Macey Ludwig, of Chester (24 and Younger, 49:14); Lacey Hartman, of Chester (25-35, 42:07); Becky Dudenbostel, of Ellis Grove (46-55, 40:38); Linda Stern, of Chester (56-69, 40:05); and Joyce Melchers, of Red Bud (70 and Older, 59.02).
Bruce Williamson, of Chester won the male 56-69 age group with his time of 37:16.
Prior to the start of the event, Race Director Bob Platt made two special presentations of plaques to longtime friends of the Popeye events.
Thomas Feeley of Bellevile, is the only remaining participant who has competed in all 38 of the Popeye races over the course of the event.
Platt presented the 68-year-old Feeley with a plaque for his continued allegiance to the events. Feeley finished 3rd in his 65-69 age category and earned a medal for his 46:28 effort.
Dick Keegan, of Mt. Vernon, was presented a plaque for his participation for 27-of-the-28 years of the Popeye Competitive walk. The only year the 80-year-old missed was due to open heart surgery.
In this year's 5K Competitive Walk, Keegan finished 2nd in his 70 and older age category with his time of 47:13. He received a medal for his effort.
The Popeye Race Committee extends many thanks to this year's race sponsors and contributors. Sponsors contribute a minimum of $250 to the race, while contributors donate at least $50.