Leprechaun Chase 2017
Another year in the books for the Leprechaun Chase. What has become the unofficial start of the racing season, this event draws thousands of runners. Many of which have only a slight rooting interest in the front of the pack because it determines if they get a free beer or not. Otherwise, most team members use it as a rust buster or an early season strength workout or just an excuse to get up and run hard.
It is a challenge for the times to be fast. The lasses are out front running themselves. The lads have to chase and dodge through five minutes of the gals running. Add in a challenging course that includes some long climbs and cross country sections and you have an event that has grown and grown but is also tough to race. The 2017 edition was hit by some weather that most of the racers were not accustomed to, hot and windy.
But LRC-Racing was well represented in the results. Highlighted by Michael Rathje’s 3rd overall and 3rd AG, Brian Kelley 1st in 55-59, Ryan Regnier 1st Masters and 1st 40-44. Seconds to Andrew Jacob (30-34), Brian Wandzilak (35-39), Jason Schmaderer (40-44), and finally a bronze to Nolan Border in 20-24.
The LRC women were represented very well by Amy McCracken 2nd Masters, 6th overall. Jessa Sughroue 4th age group, 14th overall. Ann Bauermeister 6th age group, 44th overall
Upcoming for LRC-Racing is the StateFarm Run in Lincoln, Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago, Tabitha 10k in Lincoln, and the Lincoln Half and Full Marathon.