More than 2800 Compete in 13.1 Mile and Relay Portions of Event
Minneapolis, Minn.: July 4, 2015 _ Craig Ottman of Keller, Texas and Jen Van Otterloo of Sioux Center, Iowa won individual victories at the Red, White & Boom! TC Half Marathon and Relay held this morning.
Ottman, 32, ran the 13.1 mile course in 1 hour, 14 minutes and 35 seconds to win the men’s title. Van Otterloo, 29, clocked 1:20:21 for the women’s title, establishing a new women’s event record by more than two minutes.
Rounding out the women’s top three were Shaelyn Sorenson, 18, of Lake Elmo at 1:23:22 and Elizabeth Frick, 20, of Eagan at 1:25:46.
"I wanted to run faster four months after having my second child than I ran four months after my first," Van Otterloo said. "I run for God and he is my inspiration, and I wouldn’t be able to do this without the inspiration of the people out there around me."
Rounding out the top three in the men’s competition were Besufekad Shannon-Tamrat, 24, of Golden Valley at 1:15:47 and W. Scott Lindell, 47, of Sartell at 1:15:57.
"From ten miles on I looked back and saw the pack less together than it should be and realized that I was pulling away," Ottman said. "I was just using this for my training. I’m coming back for the Twin Cities Marathon."
In the relay division, the two-person team of Chen Lo, 32, and Kentaro Onishi, 33, both of Rochester, took first with a time of 1:28:07.
More than 2800 runners finished the event which took place under partly cloudy skies in temperatures in the high 60s. In keeping with the Independence Day theme, the event, staged at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park along the Minneapolis riverfront, featured post-race hot dogs, popsicles, and lawn games, and dubbed itself the runners’ "First Picnic of the Day."
"Our staff and volunteers get a lot of satisfaction from putting on this event," Twin Cities In Motion Executive Director Virginia Brophy Achman said. "We appreciate that thousands of runners – and hundreds of volunteers – chose to start their holiday weekend with our event. We’re all doing our part to celebrate our country, our sport, and healthy, active living!"
About Twin Cities In Motion (TCM): Twin Cities In Motion organizes the region’s premier running events, including the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, a Top 10 U.S. Marathon. With a mission of promoting healthy lifestyles through running events and community outreach, TCM contributes a portion of every race dollar to local youth and professional athletes and helps raise more than $800,000 annually with its charity partners. For more information, visit us at TCMEvents.org, or find us on Facebook and on Twitter @tcmarathon.