Racing just doesn’t get any better than running around Ann Arbor’s pristine Gallup Park under the leadership of race director, Hal Wolfe, on a gorgeous morning soaked with bright sunshine, blue skies, still winds and “go time” temperatures in the fifties.
Such was the scene for the thirty-seventh anniversary of the Ann Arbor Track Club sponsored Gallup Gallop 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run, Sunday September 10, 2017.
Moved from its traditional midsummer date on account of construction and increased usage of park goers, the race was moved to late summer where it hopes to remain and thrive.
“The Gallup Gallop race is a keystone of the series of Ann Arbor Track Club sponsored races,” attested Club President, Mitch Garner. “It is a testament to Ann Arbor’s Road Runners Club of America Runner Friendly Community designation and also supports two invaluable charities, Running Blind and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.”
Flat, fast and picturesque with wood chips and a few wooden bridges to keep things interesting, the 5K course was dominated by Paul Mayer, 18:13, who combined for the overall and masters champion.
Triumphant for the women were Amanda Leone, 19:34, and masters winner, Kelly Tengelsen, 22:54.
And while truly impressive, with over one hundred eighty 5K finishers and another thirty in the one mile fun run, the vast number of victories, one more remarkable than the next, only continued from there.
A day away from achieving his seventh decade, sixty-nine year old, Jan Gombert, earned second place honors in his age division among the support and solidarity of his family adorned with matching custom-made t-shirts and enough birthday cake to feed Jan’s entire runner extended family giving Zingerman’s kindly sponsored and highly acclaimed baked refreshments quite a run for the limelight.
A first surely not to be his last Gallup Gallop experience, Jan described the event as “perfect fun.”