Tiki Run

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On Sunday, June 18, the Tiki Run was held at Montrose Harbor. The event featured a 10k at 8 a.m. followed by a 5k at 9:15. Participants wishing to do both could enter the Mauna Kea challenge and do so with the stipulation they finish their 10k before the 5k started. The interesting part about the challenge was depending on how fast you ran your 10k, decided how much rest you had before running the 5k. I personally liked this feature as opposed to just combining it as a 15k and running straight through.

Packet pick up was on Saturday at New City and runners were given two shirts: a short sleeve, and a more festive tank top. The event was organized by Team Ortho, which also organizes the Get Lucky, Polar Dash and Monster Dash races.

The 5k shared the same route as the 10k, with the turn-around for the 5k just south of Irving Park Road. 10k runners continued south of Belmont Harbor before turning around. There was a very large puddle along the underpass of Simonds Drive that runners had to go through twice in each race, but otherwise the course was flat and dry.

The main issue came from the shared usage of the lakefront path with runners and bikers. There were several points of congestion along the path and the most frustrating part was the poor path etiquette from several of the bikers. But these congestion and etiquette issues are not unique to this race and are something most people experience by using the path during the summer in the peak of training season.

There were a few street crossings at Montrose and Belmont Harbor Drive but participants helped to hold traffic. The first mile of the race was shaded and cooler but a great portion of the course was open with rising temperatures and some humidity and it provided a challenge. That is where it was nice to have some rest before the 5k start. One improvement for future races could be to have a separate course for each event to avoid the repetition of running the same portion of the lakefront path.

All finishers received a Tiki run medal, different for the 5k and 10k. While participants in the challenge received both plus an additional medal. The post-race party featured organic Hawaiian lemonades and music. Emailed results immediately after the event were also a nice bonus.

The top male in the Mauna Chellenge was Shingo Ishihara (1:06:16) and top female was Torrie Hagel (1:06:22).

Top 3 males in the 10k were Martin Buhler (40:13), Keigo Yamazaki, and Andrew Spector. Top 3 females were Sandy Vaunois (42:04), Torrie Hagel, and Catherine Carlin.

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Rick has competed in over 150 races including stair climbs, road races, trail races and triathlons. A former soccer player turned long distance runner, he quickly fell in love with running as more than just training for other sports. While attending University of Illinois for his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, he competed on the triathlon team, favoring the international distance. With a lifelong passion for fitness, Rick currently works in product development of new fitness equipment including treadmills, ellipticals and bikes.

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