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We Run for a good cause

We Run celebrates first year with 5K

NORTH LIBERTY– What better way for a store specializing in running shoes and apparel to celebrate its one-year anniversary than with a 5K run? That’s how Kris and Brian Tharp, owners of We Run, chose to mark their big day.
At least 650 people registered for either a 5K run or 1 mile walk held on Saturday, March 23, just two days shy of the anniversary. The event also served as a fundraiser for the First United Methodist Church of North Liberty’s youth group. The group is headed on a mission trip to Puerto Rico later this year.
“It’s a good cause, it’s good for us, it’s good for the community,” Brian Tharp said of the fundraiser and the run. As for the first year of the fledgling enterprise, Tharp said, “It’s been great. North Liberty has been great for us and we’ve had good turnout at our events.” A fall run drew around 200, Tharp noted, obviously pleased with the crowd gathered outside the store awaiting the starting gun, and the mass of runners packing the shop to get registered.
Phil Young of North Liberty was the first runner across the finish line with a time of 16:22.

Top three finishers
Overall male– Phil Young, North Liberty, 16:22.
Overall female– Elizabeth Morgan, Iowa City, 22:13.
Male, 19 and under– 1, Lincoln Rozeboom, 16:58. 2, Ben Alcorn, North Liberty, 19:21. 3, Ben Lamparek, Marengo, 21:33.
Female, 19 and under– 1, Ashlyn Keeney, North Liberty, 24:20. 2, Kiersten Conway, North Liberty, 25:06. 3, Alena Loan, Iowa City, 27:02.
Male, 20-29– 1, Ross Kilgore, Iowa City, 17:58. 2, Scott Lamparek, Swisher, 19:34. 3, Bryan Jones, Cedar Rapids, 19:34.
Female, 20-29– 1, Beth Steele, Norway, 22:08. 2, Linsie Stozen, West Branch, 23:15. 3, Jenna Nielsen, North Liberty, 24:40.
Male, 30-39– Ross Salinas, Iowa City, 16:45. 2, Jason Migala, Sauk Rapids, MN, 19:37. 3, Brent Carter, 19:45.
Female, 30-39– 1, Heidi Wauters, Belle Plaine, 22:47. 2, Lisa Benton, North Liberty, 23:00. 3, Amy Piercy, North Liberty, 23:02.
Male, 40-49– 1, Kent Miskimen, Fairfax, 17:59. 2, Mikel Trevitt, 19:16, 3, Dean Schwickerath, Readlyn, 19:28.
Female, 40-49– 1, Dawn Cooksley, North Liberty, 24:56. 2, Sarah Williams, Marion, 25:24. 3, Deborah Kennedy, Amana, 25:37.
Male, 50-59– 1, Glenn Rozeboom, 18:10. 2, Dan Dall, Solon, 21:05. 3, Tom Lock, Cedar Rapids, 22:06.
Female, 50-59– 1, Debbie Jessen, Bettendorf, 27:02. 2, Michelle Loyd, Iowa City, 27:54. 3, Pauline Day, North Liberty, 29:50.
Male, 60-69– 1, Tom Wolfe, Cedar Rapids, 20:57. 2, Clayton Briggs, Coralville, 23:29. 3, Warren Feerer, Cedar Rapids, 23:47.
Female, 60-69– 1, Shari Hintermeister, North Liberty, 29:54. 2, Deborah Woolums, North Liberty, 41:34. 3, Joyce Young, Swisher, 43:35.
Male, 70 and over– Charles Hoehnle, Homestead, 43:51.
Full results available at http://www.fitnesssports.com/Mar.races/WeRun5K/We-Run_5KResults2013.html.