Record-setting field at RA Walk/Run

ELKHART LAKE – On a gorgeous sunny morning, one of the most pleasant in the event’s 36-year history, a record 2,800 people turned out Oct. 25 for the American Cancer Society Road America Walk/ Run, raising $177,000 for cancer research.

In a field of 598 runners, the overall winner of the four-mile race at the Road America racetrack was Nicole Shortslef of Waukesha who finished in 22 minutes, 34 seconds – averaging 5:39 per mile and finishing nearly 30 seconds in front of first-place male Nathan Lanser, of Richfield who clocked a time of 23:07.

Rounding out the top-three women were Sara Plummer of Sheboygan in 25:41, followed by Julie Hartjes of Rudolph in 26:47.

Tom Rheinheimer of Wautoma took second for the men with a time of 25:00 and Todd Nettekoven, Sheboygan, was a close third in 25:05.

The noncompetitive, four-mile walk included more than 2,200 participants. The 2014 honorary survivor, Anthony Flores, 29, of Sheboygan, finished the run in seventh place overall – clocking a time of 26:14 to take second in his 25-29 age group. Flores was among 155 registered cancer survivors who participated in the event.

Lindsey Salzsieder, specialist for American Cancer Society community events, was pleased with the event.

“Participation was phenomenal this year on such a beautiful day,” she said.

“An event like this results in more awareness, more programs and more services for those who need it.”

The final numbers have yet to be tallied but Salzsieder said funds raised will be close to the organization’s goal of $177,000.

“It’s a great amount of money that will help fight a disease that has taken so much from us all,” she said.

A total of 89 teams participated in the fund-raising event. The top three fund-raising teams were Team Kohler, PW Stoelting/Vollrath and Louie Lovers.

Proceeds from the walk/run help support the American Cancer Society’s education, research, advocacy and services programs.

The event, sponsored by Acuity, Kohler Co., Road America Inc., Sigma-Aldrich, Nemschoff, Baker Cheese and Lake 98.1, is held at Road America each year in late October.

Results for the four-mile race can be found at www.hittheroadrun.org.


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