January 23, 2014

JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – More than 250 runners and walkers chose not to let cold weather prevent them from participating last Saturday in the Ninth Annual Snowman Shuffle at John A. Logan College. Most participants bundled up and competed in the 5K run and walk. Others directed their efforts to the one-mile Fun Run.
 
Overall winner among the females in the 5K run with a time of 22 minutes, 17 seconds was Marla Rathjen of Jacob. The male winner was Brad Reach of Marion with a time of 16:45.
  
Tops among the 5K walkers were Shirley Fearheiley of Harrisburg (31:18) and Tony Miksanek of Benton (32:26).
 
“We made it under the wire with the weather and had a beautiful sunny day, despite the cold,” said Chris Georgantas, event director, who also serves as aquatics director at JALC’s Community Health Education Complex. “Altogether, we had 203 runners, 51 walkers and 14 Fun Runners. The event culminated with awards, prizes, a chili dinner and birthday cake for all to celebrate 80-year-old River to River Runners patriarch, Charlie Stinson. A few participants stayed around after the awards to thaw out in the sauna and take a swim in the 92-degree pool.”
 
Georgantas also thanked JALC security and grounds personnel for their support of the event.
 
“Because of their professionalism, this community event and so many others like it are successful here on campus, and I appreciate their efforts.”
 
Monies raised from the event help sustain the event each year with the purchase of trophies, food and T-shirts.