Weather shaping up perfect for 36th Courier 10K
Thursday, July 03, 2014 11:00 AM
After a scorcher in 2012 and a sloggfest last year, it looks like Mother Nature may finally get one right for Saturday's 36th Annual Madison Courier Firecracker 10K.
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Runners and walkers were tested by 91-degree weather and a 115-degree heat index at the 34th annual 10K in 2012 and by 70-degree weather and a drizzling rain at the 35th annual race last year.
According to forecasts for Saturday, the weather at the 8 a.m. race/walk start time should be sunny with temperatures around 60 degrees and 76 percent humidity for cool and dry race conditions.
For Madison in July, that's about as good as it gets.
Last year's overall winner was 21-year-old Kristopher Sandlin, of Scottsburg, with a time of 31:44 on the 6.2-mile course. The top female was 16-year-old Sarah Billingsley, of Batesville, in 38:12. Sandlin was a senior to be with Franklin College's men's cross country and track and field teams while Billingsley was entering her senior year at Oldenburg Academy, where she ran both cross country and track and field.
The course record, set in 1990 by then 21-year-old Ball State University runner Cecil Franke, is 29:44. Franke went on to win the event three times.
With two days remaining until race day, 159 runners and 78 walkers have preregistered for Saturday's event but with an ideal weather forecast, organizers are expecting a big turnout of race-day entries. Last year's wet conditions still attracted 296 runners and more than 100 walkers while the scorching conditions in 2012 drew 244 runners and 133 walkers.
"With the nice weather forecast we might have a lot of same-day entries," said Madison Courier Publisher Jane Jacobs, sponsor and organizer of the event. "With that in mind we encourage participants to arrive early for check-in and especially those people who are registering that day."
Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. at Madison Consolidated High School and all runners and walkers - both those preregistered and those registering on race day - are asked to do so by 7:45 a.m. The race and walk both begin at 8 a.m. when 2014 honorary starter Catherine "Cat" Graham fires the starter's pistol to begin the competition.
Graham, a 2003 graduate of Southwestern High School, was the starting point guard on the Lady Rebels' 2002 Class 2A state championship basketball team and state runner-up team in 2003. She played four years at Illinois State and then focused her athletic energy on running.
Graham, 29, has run in numerous Courier 10Ks and other road races throughout the region as well as 11 marathons - four Boston Marathons - and two Ironman Triathlons. She currently is a member of the Women's USA Team Handball team and training with that program for the 2015 Pan American Games and 2016 Olympics.
"We're really pleased Cat Graham accepted our invitation to be the starter," Jacobs said. "Many people know her from her high school career as a ball player but she has been active in many sports and has excelled in taking on the new challenges of other sports and continues to compete at a high level."
The cost to register for the Courier 10K is now $15 for walkers and $25 for runners and includes a commemorative T-shirt designed by local artist Russ Bossler and an information packet. Top finishers in the run divisions will receive original design awards. No awards are presented in the non-competitive walk.
The Courier 10K begins at Madison Consolidated High School and ends at Lytle Park in downtown Madison. The course will be identical to the 2013 race. As a result, parts of Wilson Avenue on the hilltop, Hanging Rock Hill and parts of Third Street downtown will be closed to traffic until about 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
"We appreciate the cooperation of residents in those areas," Jacobs said.
Runners and walkers are asked to not bring pets to the race. A postrace shuttle service will be provided to transport participants back to their vehicles at Madison High School.
Here's a list of runners and walkers who have preregistered for Saturday's Madison Courier Firecracker 10K Run/Walk:
Elizabeth Allen, 44, F, Deputy
Christine Allred, 44, F, Sellersburg
Riley Allred, 15, F, Sellersburg
Adam Anderson, 13, M, Madison
Rebekah Anderson, 16, F, Madison
Sarah Anderson, 18, F, Madison
James Arvin, 43, M, Hanover
Sandy Beckhart, 56, F, Prospect, Ky.
David Bedingham, 53, M, Madison
Joseph Bell, 33, M, Columbus
Shirley Bell, 67, F, LaGrange, Ky.
Kim Bennett, 42, F, Madison
Erica Bentz, 22, F, Madison
Claire Bilz, 10, F, Madison
Megan Bladen, 23, F, Madison
Candice Boley, 26, F, Hanover
Robin Bomke, 63, M, Madison
Brooke Bond, 43, F, Louisville, Ky.
Andrea Boswell, 40, F, Madison
Caleb Boutell, 16, M, Jeffersonville
Shannon Brezko, 37, F, Indianapolis
Carol Brooks, 36, F, Hanover
Adam Bullock, 36, M, Madison
Kirsten Buop, 22, F, Fort Wayne
Maureen Burkhardt, 32, F, Franklin
Charlotte Canida, 67, F, Madison
Christy Canida, 37, F, Oakland, Calif.
Floyd Chambers, 35, M, Madison
Duane Cieslinski, 57, M, Madison
Joyce Consley, 44, F, Lexington
Tom Coulter, 52, M, Jeffersonville
Bob Courtney, 50, M, Madison
Logan Crouch, 15, M, Charlestown
Mackenzie Crouch, 17, F, Charlestown
Thomas Crowley, 58, M, Indianapolis
Anita Davidson, 48, F, Madison
Dominic Davis, 38, M, Richmond
Isabella Davis, 10, F, Richmond
Julie Demaree, 35, F, Versailles
Todd Demaree, 42, M, Versailles
Samuel Detmer, 16, M, Chicago, Ill.
Ana Diaz, 35, F, Bedford, Ky.
Erika Downs, 40, F, North Vernon
Mackenzie Dye, 21, F, New Castle
Michael Ellis, 46, M, Cincinnati, Ohio
Barbara Ellwein, 57, F, Cincinnati, Ohio
Sarah Eversole, 39, F, Columbus
Mike Falbo, 44, M, Charlestown
Traci Falbo, 42, F, Charlestown
Heather Foy, 39, F, Madison
Ben Franklin, 82, M, Louisville, Ky.
Jaman Geyman, 31, F, Madison
Ethan Goebel, 14, M, Madison
Gwen Grimes, 22, F, Kokomo
Christopher Grote, 15, M, Madison
Taylor Grote, 18, F, Madison
Whit Grote, 17, M, Madison
Kimberly Hadley, 52, F, Indianapolis
Sara Hall, 32, F, Madison
Kristen Hamilton, 37, F, Madison
Abby Hanson, 11, F, Madison
Kingsley Hanson, 14, F, Madison
Cindy Harris, 45, F, Indianapolis
James Harris, 50, M, Indianapolis
Greg Heaton, 58, M, Madison
Connie Heitz, 51, F, Madison
Ross Hensler, 22, M, Madison
Mary Hertz-Spry, 51, F, Madison
Laura Hesse, 19, F, Madison
Chris Higgins, 45, M, Madison
Amy Hill, 23, F, Lexington
Chris Hill, 46, M, Madison
Megan Hill, 15, F, Madison
Natalie Hill, 43, F, Madison
Celestra Hoffman, 36, F, Madison
Jay Hunger, 36, M, Indianapolis
Patricia Hutsell, 46, F, Hanover
Lucas Jenkins, 37, M, Beverly Hills, Mich.
Bach Johnson, 41, M, Madison
Kim Johnson, 44, F, Madison
Mary.Berna Jones, 59, F, Scottsburg
Parker Jones, 25, M, Kokomo
Andy Kireta, 46, M, Franklin
Kylie Kireta, 20, F, Franklin
Madi Kireta, 18, F, Franklin
Michael Kramer, 59, M, Ligonier
Savanah Kramer, 31, F, Hanover
Kristin Lamar, 34, F, Hanover
Al Lavoie, 50, M, Centerville, Ohio
Malaina Lavoie, 17, F, Centerville, Ohio
Lillian.Sue Livers, 64, F, Madison
Tomeka Livers, 39, F, Hanover
Lisa Maddox, 38, F, Madison
Wayne Mahoney, 70, M, Hanover
Michael Marley, 25, M, Osgood
Melissa May, 42, F, Madison
Ronnie McAllister, 49, M, Batesville
Meghan McClelland, 20, F, Madison
Perry McCollom, 80, M, Louisville, Ky.
Karla McCollum, 49, F, Madison
Konnie McCollum, 49, F, Madison
Luke McCollum, 49, M, Madison
Joe McFarren, 33, M, Roanoke
Brittan Mefford, 34, F, Madison
Amy Melton, 33, F, Hanover
Evan Meyer, 35, M, New York, N.Y.
Leeanne Minton, 41, F, Charlestown
Jeff Mires, 50, M, Greenville
Barbara Nagle, 54, F, Madison
Mya Nay, 12, F, Deputy
Sadie Nay, 10, F, Deputy
Lauren Norris, 24, F, Madison
Thomas Norville, 16, M, Alcoa, Tenn.
Chuck Nunan, 50, M, Madison
Shawn Page, 39, M, Dayton, Ohio
Paul Panning, 32, M, Noblesville
Greg Petersen, 48, M, Hanover
Michael Phillips, 42, M, Lexington
Matthew Porter, 40, M, Madison
Charles Ricketts, 73, M, Madison
Kim Riley, 35, F, Hanover
Shawn Riley, 33, M, Patriot
Carlos Rivero, 54, M, Madison
Glenn Rogers, 53, M, Madison
Mitchell Rogers, 22, M, Madison
Jim Rowlett, 68, M, Madison
Nigel Salmon, 54, M, Burlington, Ky.
Kristopher Sandlin, 22, M, Scottsburg
Joe Sinn, 25, M, Fort Wayne
Conner Skirvin, 15, M, Hanover
Rachel Slade, 23, F, Madison
Jeffrey Smith, 58, M, Greendale
Kathleen Spears, 25, F, Carrmel
Molly Stalker, 38, F, Charleston, Ill.
Glenn Stevenson, 52, M, Madison
Connor Stewart, 15, M, Lexington
Christopher Stucker, 36, M, Fishers
Dara Stucker, 35, F, Fishers
Jessica Taylor, 24, F, Milton, Ky.
Joyce Terrell, 49, F, Hanover
Donmichael Thompson, 39, M, Columbus
Allen Watson, 62, M, Madison
Alex Webb, 15, M, Hanover
Tom Webster, 36, M, Columbus
Caroline Wehner, 18, F, Hanover
Brady Wells, 52, M, Scottsburg
Logan Wells, 21, M, Scottsburg
Annie Wetterhus, 35, F, Shawnee, Kan.
Teresa Wiczynski, 20, F, Columbus
Kylie Wilberding, 17, F, Milton, Ky.
Ruth Wilburn, 31, F, Greenwood
Eric Wilhelm, 37, M, Oakland, Calif.
Tabatha Williams, 38, F, Hanover
Chuck Worcester, 46, M, Lexington
Ashley Wyant, 30, F, Independence, Ky.
Cindy Wyant, 43, F, Louisville, Ky.
Michael Wyant, 34, M, Louisville, Ky.
Steven Wyant, 32, M, Independence, Ky.
Jenna Baumgartner, 52, F, Lawrenceburg
Stacy Bayne, 37, F, Madison
Chris Bilz, 52, F, Madison
Tony Bilz, 53, M, Madison
Susan Bingham, 56, F, Hanover
John Brockman, 59, M, Carrollton, Ky.
Sue Brown, 55, F, New Castle
Brittany Copeland, 28, F, Deputy
Cathy Copeland, 47, F, Milton, Ky.
Vicki Cosby, 44, F, Madison
Cherri Cronen, 60, F, Madison
Paul Cronen, 63, M, Madison
Anne Davis, 47, F, Bradenton, Fla.
Gracie Davis, 12, F, Bradenton, Fla.
Sharon Dean, 58, F, Madison
Bob Demaree, 56, M, Indianapolis
Whitney Ernst, 26, F, Madison
Brenda Eversole, 65, F, Madison
Janet Fawbush, 62, F, Madison
Steve Fawbush, 68, M, Madison
Brady Fleming, 18, M, Fishers
C.Burk Fleming, 69, M, Lafayette
Sharon Fleming, 67, F, Lafayette
Steven Floyd, 59, M, Bloomington
Emily Fox, 21, F, Madison
Charlie Garrett, 25, M, Madison
Jeanna Greene, 46, F, Florence, Ky.
Darren Harmon, 48, M, Madison
Paula Harmon, 53, F, Madison
Jessica Jenkins, 36, F, Beverly Hills, Mich.
Marsha Johnston, 65, F, Schnecksville, Pa.
Jessica King, 30, F, Madison
Karol Kirk, 65, F, Madison
Melinda Klopp, 58, F, Hanover
Amy Lee, 41, F, Madison
Scott Lee, 52, M, Madison
Karen Lindquist, 63, F, Madison
Josh Marshall, 33, M, Indianapolis
Ronald Marshall, 67, M, Madison
Sara Marshall, 26, F, Indianapolis
Miranda McBride, 31, F, Madison
Bryan Meyer, 28, M, Jeffersonville
Candy Meyer, 62, F, Scottsburg
Debbie Meyer, 49, F, Jeffersonville
Tiffany Meyer, 27, F, Jeffersonville
Lori Newhouse, 40, F, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Evan Norville, 22, F, Alcoa, Tenn.
Jody Norville, 61, F, Alcoa, Tenn.
Natalie Owens, 22, F, Deputy
Kristin Panning, 32, F, Noblesville
Lisa Phillips, 51, F, Deputy
Linda Pittman, 66, F, Madison
Mike Pittman, 64, M, Madison
Christian Powers, 48, F, Madison
Levi Purvis, 15, M, Dillsboro
Roberta Purvis, 44, F, Dillsboro
Paula Reed, 49, F, New Carlisle, Ohio
Robert Reed, 49, M, New Carlisle, Ohio
Angelia Rogers, 50, F, Madison
Gary Rogers, 56, M, Louisville, Ky.
Angela Russell, 61, F, Madison
Chelsey Sanderson, 31, F, Pasadena, Calif.
Jerry Schafer, 60, M, Madison
Becky Sievers, 33, F, Madison
Brittany Smith, 15, F, Aurora
Whitney Smith, 24, F, Dupont
Janice Stephan, 63, F, Madison
Laura Stockdale, 36, F, Madison
Rex Stockdale, 39, M, Madison
Tarryn Thaden, 59, F, DeKalb, Ill.
Kendal Tooley, 23, F, North Vernon
Bill Wardlaw, 34, M, Sellersburg
Brittney Wardlaw, 33, F, Sellersburg
Kimberly Warner, 26, F, Madison
William Warren, 55, M, Madison
Cheri Westmoreland, 56, F, Hebron, Ky.
Jerry Wheeler, 45, M, Hanover
Sara Williams, 30, F, Madison
Shari Wilson, 57, F, Madison