Gauntlet 2019 scores big


By Gaylen Blosser - DarkeCountyMedia.com



A runner makes an attempted crossing of a water filled pit before losing her grip and falling into the muddy water.

A runner makes an attempted crossing of a water filled pit before losing her grip and falling into the muddy water.


Runners make their way to the finish line at the Light Foundation 2019 Gauntlet.


Young runners compete in the 2019 Light Foundation Gauntlet at Chenoweth trails west of Greenville.


Matt Light wecomes runners, volunteers and spectators to the 2019 Light Foudation Gauntlet.


The GHS cannon starts the opening flight of runners at the 2019 Gauntlet.


A 5K runner makes her way across a stream at the Light Foundation’s 2019 Gauntlet.


A runner makes a headfirst slide into the muddy water at the Light Foundation 2019 Gauntlet.


Young competitors make their way over an obsticle at the Gautlet west of Greenville.


A Gauntlet participant attempts to keep his head above water on the slide at Saturday’s Gauntlet.


Runners make their way down a trail at the Light Foundation’s Saturday Gauntlet outside of Greenville.


Coach Guillozet swings across a muddy pond at the Light Foundation Gauntlet.


A father and daughter make their way up a creek bed at the 2019 Gauntlet held at Chenoweth Trails.


A race participant holds her head above water after losing her grip on the rope.


Parallel bars a much or fall into the mud pit at the Gauntlet at the Light Foundation’s Chenoweth Trails.


A 5K runner makes her way through a culvert on her way to the water slide at the Gauntlet.


GREENVILLE – The Light Foundation Gauntlet had perfect weather for the running of the seventh annual 5K race held at the foundation’s Chenoweth trails located on 500 acres west of Greenville.

“We had as good as weather as you could ever have for the Gauntlet,” said Matt Light. “It was a beautiful morning. I would say this is probably the best weather morning we’ve had, We’ve had horribly hot, we’ve had rainy, we’ve had cloudy so after the spring we had I think we all deserve this here in Darke County to have a beautiful morning to get together.”

With miles of wooded trails winding all throughout the property, Chenoweth Trails is an ideal spot for the annual Gauntlet run including some new Gauntlet features for 2019.

We’ve added some really cool obstacles this year,” Light noted. “I’ve been watching Glen and Brian Rehmert, Paul and Lee and all of our guys that work here putting these things together. They have a cool one where it’s a water slide, they have a pump that is pumping water through the slide and they empty them into the creek.”

Also new for 2019 was a dunk tank used to help support the Light Foundation.

“I’m getting into the dunk tank but not until the end of the day because we want to make sure there is ample water left in the tank for everyone else whenever they go,” said Light. “I know Mike Stegall was in the dunk tank – so all around incredible day. A lot of great food, lot of great memories and an incredible course for these runners today.”

It takes more than 200 volunteers on race day to make the Gauntlet a success.

“I like the community aspect of it,” Light stated. “When you pull into Chenoweth Trails on the morning of the Gauntlet, all you see are just bees going every which direction putting things together, staging things for later in the day, getting the Kids Zone going. All these volunteers are really what make this thing truly special,”

“I see people that I’ve seen my entire life, guys that I grew up with, people that I graduated with, people that have been a part of the Foundation volunteering for over 10, 15 years and they all work hard to make sure that this is a day where people from not just here in Darke County but all over, we have people come from as far away as the East Coast down to south, they can come here, they can experience a great day in the woods, running a course, getting muddy, having fun – all the obstacles.”

Volunteer groups included: YMCA, Mississinawa Valley Athletic Boosters, Mississinawa Valley Baseball, Boy Scout Troop 286, Dylan Williams Foundation, Careers With Children for Greenville City Schools, Greenville Wrestling, Knights of Columbus, LCO Chapter and all friends and family of The Light Foundation.

Teams competeing: KitchenAid/Whirlpool – 93 runners, Cooper Farms 32 – runners, GTI – 20 runners, Whitewater Eye Centers – 20 runners, Miami Valley Steel – 13 runners, Cornerstone Church – 10 runners, Team GNB – 8 runners, Apex Predators – 7 runners, Greenville Wrestling Team – 6 runners, BMF, HAYES GIRLS, Heather Lochtefeld, How I met your Mudder, Dylan Williams Foundation, Dylans Dawgs, Fighting Manatees, GHS Class of 94 and Queen City Spartans.

Race Winners:

Overall Winner – Jake Untener – 26:16

13-19 Male:

1st – Ben Davidson -28:03

2nd – Bryce Shilt – 28:08

13-19 Female:

Kyia Mustain Richard – 37.25

Cayman Gentry – 39.39

20-29 Male:

Connor Super – 28:27

Josh Lochtefeld – 30:18

20-29 Female:

Mara Wetzel – 36:26

Jenessa Hufftel – 40:04

30-39 Male:

Shawn Stein – 27:11

Joh Mobley – 28:36

30-39 Female:

Holly Duncan – 30:11

Mandy Tegtmeyer – 30:37

40-49 Male:

Jeff Adams – 27:11

Ryan Shiverdecker – 31:26

40-49 Female

Molly Wade – 30:40

Sabrina Riley – 36:24

50-59 Male

Nicholas Canti – 32:55

Scott Snell – 36:00

50-59 Female

Jordan Barnhart – 35:40

Gloria Burns – 40:44

Male 60 Plus:

Mark Barton – 44:15

Alan Longfellow – 45:01

Female 60 Plus:

None

A runner makes an attempted crossing of a water filled pit before losing her grip and falling into the muddy water.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/08/web1_m.jpgA runner makes an attempted crossing of a water filled pit before losing her grip and falling into the muddy water.

Runners make their way to the finish line at the Light Foundation 2019 Gauntlet.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/08/web1_n.jpgRunners make their way to the finish line at the Light Foundation 2019 Gauntlet.

Young runners compete in the 2019 Light Foundation Gauntlet at Chenoweth trails west of Greenville.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/08/web1_a.jpgYoung runners compete in the 2019 Light Foundation Gauntlet at Chenoweth trails west of Greenville.

Matt Light wecomes runners, volunteers and spectators to the 2019 Light Foudation Gauntlet.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/08/web1_b.jpgMatt Light wecomes runners, volunteers and spectators to the 2019 Light Foudation Gauntlet.

The GHS cannon starts the opening flight of runners at the 2019 Gauntlet.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/08/web1_c.jpgThe GHS cannon starts the opening flight of runners at the 2019 Gauntlet.

A 5K runner makes her way across a stream at the Light Foundation’s 2019 Gauntlet.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/08/web1_d.jpgA 5K runner makes her way across a stream at the Light Foundation’s 2019 Gauntlet.

A runner makes a headfirst slide into the muddy water at the Light Foundation 2019 Gauntlet.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/08/web1_dd.jpgA runner makes a headfirst slide into the muddy water at the Light Foundation 2019 Gauntlet.

Young competitors make their way over an obsticle at the Gautlet west of Greenville.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/08/web1_e.jpgYoung competitors make their way over an obsticle at the Gautlet west of Greenville.

A Gauntlet participant attempts to keep his head above water on the slide at Saturday’s Gauntlet.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/08/web1_f.jpgA Gauntlet participant attempts to keep his head above water on the slide at Saturday’s Gauntlet.

Runners make their way down a trail at the Light Foundation’s Saturday Gauntlet outside of Greenville.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/08/web1_g.jpgRunners make their way down a trail at the Light Foundation’s Saturday Gauntlet outside of Greenville.

Coach Guillozet swings across a muddy pond at the Light Foundation Gauntlet.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/08/web1_h.jpgCoach Guillozet swings across a muddy pond at the Light Foundation Gauntlet.

A father and daughter make their way up a creek bed at the 2019 Gauntlet held at Chenoweth Trails.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/08/web1_i.jpgA father and daughter make their way up a creek bed at the 2019 Gauntlet held at Chenoweth Trails.

A race participant holds her head above water after losing her grip on the rope.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/08/web1_j.jpgA race participant holds her head above water after losing her grip on the rope.

Parallel bars a much or fall into the mud pit at the Gauntlet at the Light Foundation’s Chenoweth Trails.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/08/web1_k.jpgParallel bars a much or fall into the mud pit at the Gauntlet at the Light Foundation’s Chenoweth Trails.

A 5K runner makes her way through a culvert on her way to the water slide at the Gauntlet.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2019/08/web1_l.jpgA 5K runner makes her way through a culvert on her way to the water slide at the Gauntlet.

By Gaylen Blosser

DarkeCountyMedia.com

Contact Sports Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@aimmediamidwest.com or (937) 853-6390-Ext. 1751. Read more news, features and sports a DarkeCountyMedia.com.

Contact Sports Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@aimmediamidwest.com or (937) 853-6390-Ext. 1751. Read more news, features and sports a DarkeCountyMedia.com.