GREENVILLE – More than 300 competitors tackled the Gauntlet –military inspired 5K obstacle course – on Saturday morning at Chenoweth Trails near Greenville.
The fourth annual Gauntlet benefited The Light Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Greenville native and former New England Patriot Matt Light. The foundation hosted the race at its 450-acre facility with 317 competitors finishing the race and dozens of children also completing a kids race.
“It’s the best,” Light said of Saturday’s Gauntlet. “And what a day. Perfect weather. Percent place to be outdoors on a Saturday in August. It doesn’t get any better than this.”
The course included numerous obstacles that required competitors to crawl through mud, climb walls, maneuver through blockades and swing across pools of muddy water among other feats.
“The course is great,” Light said. “I think we had roughly 22 obstacles, and we added some fun ones for this year. And of course Mother Nature worked out pretty well for us and provided plenty of mud here in the county. I tell you the course is great. Nick (Schuckman) and Brian (Rehmert) and the rest of our volunteers they do such an incredible job putting this thing together and organizing it and getting 400 moving parts all together at one time.”
Light participated in the kids run with his own children and enjoyed the obstacle that required competitors to crawl through a creek.
“This year I thought with my kids badgering me to go out with them and have some fun it would be a good thing to do as a family,” he said. “So we had a lot of fun out there.”
Calen Bruner of Greenville recorded the top time in Saturday’s race as he finished the 5K obstacle course in 25:05.1. Brandon Wirrig from Bradford finished second in 25:59.9, and Mickey Mitchell of Franklin, Massachusetts, finished third in 27:00.6.
Grace Liette from Tipp City won the girls 13 and younger race in 43:20.9, Rachel Thompson of West Milton finished second in 45:55.9, and Emily Hornberger of Troy finished third in 46:08.1.
Claire Deffet of Troy won the girls 14 to 19 age division with a time of 33:57.1, Jenna Zimmerman of St. Paris finished second in 39:31.2, and Emily Vanhorn of Greenville finished third in 43:48.3.
Jacob Hoying of Russia won the women’s 20 to 29 division in a time of 41:57.7, Taylor Rittenhouse of Russia finished second in 42:46.1, and Maci Bruner of Arcanum finished third in 43:18.1.
Susannah Wick of Troy won the women’s 30 to 39 age division in 37:34.6, Amber Gelhaus of Ansonia finished second in 37:43.6, and Mindy Steyer of Greenville finished third in 38:37.1.
Heather Ramsay of Troy won the women’s 40 to 49 division with a time of 34:55.9, Wilma Brown of West Manchester finished second in 43:31.1, and Whitney Liette of Tipp City finished third in 45:04.4.
Gloria Burns of Bradford won the women’s 50 to 59 age division in a time of 42:06.8, Laura Deffet of Troy finished second in 54:15.5, and Jillynn Bruner of Greenville finished third in 55:38.9.
Linda Dillon of Dayton won the women’s 60 to 69 division in 1:03:26.1, Andree Brown of Greenville finished second in 1:15:21.5, and Joyce Haugen of Huber Heights finished third in 1:38:09.2.
David Smalley of Centerville won the boys 13 and younger race in a time of 46:19.7, Tahber Rose of Vandalia finished second in 47:04.3, and Ethan Warner of Greenville finished third in 58:07.5.
Calen Bruner of Greenville won the boys 14 to 19 age division with a time of 25:05.1, Mickey Mitchell of Franklin, Massachusetts, finished second in 27:00.6, and Wills Troutwine of New Madison finished third in 30:13.9.
Brandon Wirrig of Bradford won the men’s 20 to 29 division in a time of 25:59.9, Zach Johnson of Arcanum finished second in 27:41.3, and Nicholas Bloch finished third in 27:47.8.
Bruce Burns of Greenville won the men’s 30 to 39 age division in 29:42.1, Barry Steinke finished second in 32:43.3, and Justin Hines finished third in 32:54.5.
Todd Troutwine of Arcanum won the men’s 40 to 49 division with a time of 30:13.8, Neil Fogt of Sidney finished second in 31:40.9, and Ryan Shiverdecker of Arcanum finished third in 32:59.5.
Dennis Eckstein of Greenville won the men’s 50 to 59 age division in a time of 34:23.9, Phillip Bush of Greenville finished second in 36:34.0, and Roger Baldridge of Dayton finished third in 38:20.4.
Rick Beck of Englewood won the men’s 60 to 69 division in 43:02.4, Scott Clum of Greenville finished second in 56:24.1, and Jim Haugen of Huber Heights finished third in 1:13:30.5.
Crossfit in the Darke, which was composed of Calen Bruner, Carson Bruner, Ryan Shiverdecker, Dennis Eckstein, Maci Bruner, Walt Taylor, Todd Bruner, Tom Birt, Abigail Clark, Ally Hayes, Jillynn Bruner, Kelly Erisman, Teresa Taylor, Lynne Mangen and Cherolet Hutcheson, won the team championship. Greenville City Schools finished second, and TEAM YOLO finished third.
In addition to the obstacle course race and kids race, Saturday’s Gauntlet also included a kids zone, raffles, bands, food and drinks. The Light Foundation received assistance from many organizations including the National Guard from Greenville.
“The National Guard is phenomenal,” Light said. “These guys obviously train and do a lot of things that anybody that’s coming out here today would admire. And having them here and having them out there encouraging people on the course and setting up all their cool toys for people to look at and the kids really enjoy that as well.”
For complete race results, visit www.speedy-feet.com.
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