OFF AND RUNNING: Top finishers Kyle Stansbury (orage shirt, left center) Danny Fisher (215) and Kris Sandlin (206) lead the field at the start of the 2016 Madison Courier Firecracker 10K Run/Walk. Thre three runners would finish one-two-three, respectively. (Courier file photo by Mark Campbell)
OFF AND RUNNING: Top finishers Kyle Stansbury (orage shirt, left center) Danny Fisher (215) and Kris Sandlin (206) lead the field at the start of the 2016 Madison Courier Firecracker 10K Run/Walk. Thre three runners would finish one-two-three, respectively. (Courier file photo by Mark Campbell)
Last year’s 38th running of the Madison Courier Firecracker 10K Run/Walk saw a new face atop the winner’s podium for the first time since 2013 as Springville’s Kyle Stansbury unseated Vevay’s Kris Sandlin after the former Scottsburg and Franklin College standout had posted three straight wins in the event.

The 30-year-old Stansbury covered the 6.2-mile course in 31:57 with Courier 10K veteran Danny Fisher, 33, of Nattick, Massachusetts, placing second in 32:21 while Sandlin’s bid four a record fourth consecutive title came up just over a minute short.

Meanwhile, last year’s top female was Switzerland County high schooler Leah Anders, 15, of Rising Sun, who ran the course in 43:11 in her first Courier 10K for a 25-second win over women’s runner-up Leah Flanagan, 37, of Sunman.

Sandlin, now a coach at Switzerland County, was not in his usual competitive shape last year but he is training a little more for this year’s race.

“I’ve been training some. Maybe not to the intensity I would like but we will see if I’m in shape by July 1,” he said.

The 2016 race was contested under ideal running weather — cool temperatures and low humidity — helping Stansbury to shave 89 seconds off his third place finish in 2015 when he scoped out the course for 2016.

Overall 284 runners and 146 walkers — 430 total — completed the official Madison Regatta event.

The 39th running of the Courier 10K is now just a week away and both runners and walkers can still register for the event. Former Southwestern and Hanover College track and field star Savannah Hubbard will serve as the honorary starter this year.

Hubbard holds six Hanover College schools records, conference championships in both the long jump and javelin and a top 20 NCAA Division III national ranking in both the indoor pentathlon (15th) and outdoor heptathlon (19th).

She said that’s something she thinks she has in common with many of the former Courier 10K starters before her. Although she has never run the 10K, she has followed the event with great interest and respect for the honorary starters because many of them were he role models as a young athlete.

“It’s an honor. I’ve always looked up to the 10K starters,” Hubbard said recently. “I can remember Chelsea Stephen when she was the starter and some of the older people that I respected and considered role models. I looked up to them. Being a starter of the 10K is being a role model for the community and I’ve always wanted to do things like that and be a role model for other athletes.”

“The committee thinks that Savannah is a great starter. Her success is the culmination of hard work, determination, and dedication to excellence,” Madison Courier publisher Curt Jacobs said. “She is a great inspiration to local athletes, young, and not so young that you achieve a high level of athletic success right here in our local community. We are honored to have her as our starter.”

The 2017 Courier 10K is Saturday, July 1 starting at Madison Consolidated High School on the hilltop and ending at Lytle Park in downtown Madison.

The run and walk both begin at 8:15 a.m. The walk costs $10 if application is received through today or $15 thereafter. The run costs $20 through today and $25 thereafter. Both prices include a T-shirt and a race info packet.

Custom awards are presented in all run divisions as well as the top male and female runners.

Entry forms are available at The Madison Courier, 310 West St., or by visiting www.madisoncourier.com.


Madison Courier 10K Past Winners

Year — Overall Winner — Time — Age — Hometown — Top Female — Time — Age — Hometown

1979 — #David Collins — 30:04.28 — 26 — Louisville, KY — Michelle Mendick* — 40:50 — (13-18) — Floyd Central

1979 — #Rich White — 30:04.28 — N/A — Clarksville

1980 — David Collins — 31:29.63 — 27 — Louisville, KY — Roseann Barnhill* — 40:08 — 18 — Columbus

1981 — Gordon Snaden — 31:25.3 — 17 — Springfield, KY — Roseann Barnhill * — 39:18.6 — 19 — Columbus

1982 — Scott Brink — 31:19 — N/A — Madison — Denise Berry — 33:07 — N/A — Knoxville, TN

1983 — Leo Turchyn — 31:39.6 — N/A — Batesville — Carol Hayden — 41:34.8 — N/A — Fortville

1984 — Tim Downs — 30:26.6 — N/A — Bardstown, KY — Jane Tompkins-Lundgren — 37:25.5 — N/A — West Lafayette

1985 — John Harrison — 30:45.5 — N/A — Vincennes — Lori Veal — 34:17 — N/A — Indianapolis

1986 — Stan Clark — 30:37 — N/A — PeeWee Valley, KY — Glenna Bower — 40:10 — N/A — New Washington

1987 — Ron Sharp — 30:58 — N/A — Hartford City — Glenna Bower — 39:26 — N/A — New Washington

1988 — Jim Estes — 30:08 — N/A — New Albany — Tracey Thaden Edwards — 36:35 — N/A — Orangeburg, SC

1989 — Swag Hartel — 30:40 — N/A — Louisville, KY — Glenna Bower — 38:45 — N/A — New Washington

1990 — Cecil Franke — 29:44:00 — 21 — Osgood — Esther Brooks — 40:24 — N/A — North Vernon

1991 — Duane Dye — 32:06 — N/A — New Castle — Tracey Thaden Edwards — 34:45 — N/A — Lancaster, SC

1992 — Scott Brink — 31:59 — N/A — Maple Grove, MN — Deborah Fletcher — 37:34 — N/A — Louisville, KY

1993 — Jonathan White — 31:19.93 — N/A — Austin — Deborah Fletcher — 39:20.03 — N/A — Louisville, KY

1994 — Terry Marcott — 32:58.04 — N/A — Brownstown — Debbi Ramseyer — 38:00.93 — N/A — Bluffton

1995 — Tony Nading — 30:53.26 — N/A — Terre Haute — Mary Anne Tonini — 35:59.58 — 27 — Louisville, KY

1996 — Tony Teats — 30:51.72 — 19 — Hartford City — Mary Anne Tonini-Lyons — 35:12.79 — 28 — Louisville, KY

1997 — Tony Teats — 31:19.88 — 20 — Hartford City — Molly Dattilo — 37:51.57 — 16 — Madison

1998 — Aaron Moody — 32:36.38 — 19 — Edgewood — Molly Dattilo — 38:34.37 — 17 — Madison

1999 — Rich McCurdy — 32:25 — 27 — Louisville, KY — Mariam Ballantine — 37:51 — 34 — Louisville, KY

2000 — Joey Byrne — 33:20 — 20 — Georgetown — Amanda Bell — 35:49 — 18 — Clarksville

2001 — Mike Skiles — 32:12 — 20 — Indianapolis — Amanda Bell — 37:22 — 19 — Clarksville

2002 — Jeff Andrew — 31:43 — N/A — N/A — Amanda Bell — 39:00 — 20 — Clarksville

2003 — Wes Seacat — 31:28 — 18 — New Albany — Amanda Bell — 38:29 — 21 — Clarksville

2004 — Wes Seacat — 32:45.01 — 19 — Jeffersonville — Amanda Bell — 37:20.14 — 22 — Clarksville

2005 — Cecil Franke — 30:22.10 — 36 — Dublin — Alyse Nelson — 39:50.77 — 20 — Indianapolis

2006 — Cecil Franke — 30:10.80 — 37 — Dublin — Alyse Nelson — 39:43.70 — 21 — Indianapolis

2007 — Neal Masterson — 33:25.50 — 19 — Jeffersonville — Leah Peelman — 37:14.00 — 23 — Cincinnati, OH

2008 — Jeffery Johnson — 34:17.10 — 18 — Austin — Caitlin Sauerhage — 40:08.10 — 20 — Rising Sun

2009 — Oliver Book — 33:01.23 — 18 — Providence — Heidi Saunders — 37:50.70 — 28 — Madison

2010 — Danny Fisher — 31:38.67 — 27 — Liberty — Heidi Saunders — 38:55.10 — 29 — Madison

2011 — Tate Schienbein — 31:59.78 — 17 — Liberty — Amanda Bell LeBlanc — 38:03.33 — 29 — Louisville, KY

2012 — Jeremy Johnson — 34:37 — 18 — Austin — Mackenzie Dye — 40:17 — 19 — New Castle

2013 — Kristopher Sandlin — 31:44 — 21 — Scottsburg — Sarah Billingsley — 38:12 — 17 — Batesville

2014 — Kristopher Sandlin — 31:18 — 22 — Scottsburg — Sara Martin — 37:39 — 27 — Seymour

2015 — Kristopher Sandlin — 31:12 — 23 — Scottsburg — Kyla Thoman — 40:35 — 26 — Indianapolis

2016 — Kyle Stansbury — 31:57 — 30 — Springville — Leah Anders — 43:11 — 15 — Rising Sun

* - No award presented for top female

# - Top two runners finished in dead heat as co-champions

All listed from Indiana unless otherwise noted