The Easter Sun Run is one of the premier 10K’s and 2-mile road races in the Midwest. Each year there is strong competition for the $3000 prize purse and age group prizes at this Wichita race. This year was no exception.
With impeccable running weather, participants for the 10K started off at 8:30am on Saturday inside Sedgwick County Park and ran a loop around the winding and scenic bike paths.
Matthew Chesang, 29, of Shawnee led the 10K winning with a time of 31:15. Chesang was an All-American runner at Kansas University from Kenya. Chesang came in 41 seconds ahead of Daniel Craig, 30, of Gypsum who was coming off a win at the Eisenhower Marathon two weeks prior. Craig ran a 31:56 at Saturday’s 10K. Dale Dexter, 30, of Topeka hung onto the heels of Craig coming in 6 seconds later with a time of 32:02. Rounding out the top 5 and receiving cash prizes were David Keller, 42, of Wichita (32:47) and Shawn Stafford, 27, of Wichita (35:33).
In the Women’s 10K race, Melissa Todd,34, of Kansas City took the top spot for the 5th straight year in a row with a time of 34:34. Todd’s time was fast enough to break the course record by 9 seconds set in 2003 by Deb Torneden. Todd received an extra $100 for setting a new course record. Todd was followed by Raquel Stucky, 35, of Pretty Prairie who ran a 36:07. Wichita women rounded out the top 5. Amber McGown, 28 was 3rd with a time of 36:43, followed by Kimber Lemon, 24 (38:47) and Amy Blasdel, 28 (39:43).
“This was my first time running Easter Sun Run, and I thought it was a great race! I liked the course; I used the twists and turns as a way to propel myself in front of runners as much as possible.” Amy McCall.
The 2-mile started at 10am giving those who wanted to run both the 10K and the 2-mile ample opportunity to do so. Chesang took this opportunity and again led the 2-mile race running a 9:59. Mary Grene, 48, of Andover won the women’s 2-mile with a time of 11:46. Each received cash prizes.
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With the race becoming so popular, and the course being run on narrow bike paths, many runners find themselves running in the grass beside the path for much of the 2-mile run. Race directors have contemplated moving the race to a new location, but participants want to keep it at the Park.
One of the reasons the Easter Sun Run has become so popular is the live music and bountiful barbecue following the races. Participants fellowship together telling racing tales, eating, and watching the awards and listening for their name to be called for the door prizes.
And, best of all, the proceeds from the Easter SunRun go to futher Youth Horizons’ efforts to break the cycle of fatherlessness through youth programs.