First Call 5K and Half Marathon

First Call 5K and Half Marathon - April 9

Silver Circle Sports hosted its annual First Call race on Sunday. A 5K and Half Marathon distance were offered, as well as a Kiddo’s 1K that was free, if a parent was running.

The distances had different start times allowing runners adequate space at the start line and trail entrance. The course began at the EB Shurts Environmental Education Center in Waukesha, Wisc.  After a short distance, runners entered the Glacial Drumlin Trail for an out and back course.

The Glacial Drumlin Trail is one of my favorites, as it is wide and paved with very little elevation change.  The path is lined by trees but at this time of year, the leaves are not plentiful, allowing runners to view various subdivisions and business developments that border the trail. This trail is also a rail to trail course, meaning that railroad tracks follow the path, allowing runners to occasionally chase a train.

This race is a partner to the Last Call 5K and Half Marathon offered in early December; both races are run on the same course, giving participants have the opportunity to beat their previous time. I had the opportunity to race in the Last Call last December and ran through one of the first snows of the season. First Call boasted one of the most beautiful days we have had this spring with temperatures in the mid-70’s and abundant sunshine. These races are a great way to kick off and wrap up a Midwest runner’s season.

First through third Half Marathon male finishers were: Tim Zellmer, Ethan Doherty and Ben Koconis. First through third Half Marathon female finishers were: Jennifer Ward, Jeannette Bahr and Mandi Florip. First through third 5K male finishers were: Matt Nie, Dan Sievert and Brian Udovich. First through third 5K female finishers were: Lisa Turner, Avery Lemm and April Rauwald.

Silver Circle Sports is a race and event management company and hosts several races throughout the year. You can learn more and register at their website –

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Mandi has been running for over 25 years and has participated in the Chicago, Detroit, and Boston Marathons. Mandi regularly competes in regional events and enjoys being a part of several running groups including CARA and the Badgerland Striders. She is a co-host on the Ten Junk Miles podcast and looks forward to hosting the Chicago Athlete Podcast. An RRCA certified coach and Les Mills certified instructor, Mandi is also a coach with Chicago Athlete Coaching. Mandi is a local government attorney by weekday and race warrior by weekend.


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