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Creston half marathon event raises $1,500

Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 1:35 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014 11:32 a.m. CDT
Those participating in the inaugural Creston Half Marathon and 5K honor the American flag while Maddie Travis of Creston sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" July 3 — prior to the race. Jake Waddingham, 24, of Macksburg won the half marathon (13.1 miles) in a time of 1:31:32 and Dave Baitinger, 32, of Ankeny won the 5K (3.1 miles) in a time of 19:02.

The money has been counted.

Mindy Stalker, organizer of the inaugural Creston half marathon and 5K run/walk, reports $1,500 was raised July 3 during the one-night event that hosted a total of 108 participants from seven different states.

“I was so pleased with the community and business support for this first-year event,” Stalker said. “I also want to thank the volunteers. And, I think the biggest surprise was how this event drew in out-of-towners.”

The $1,500 raised will soon be matched by First National Bank (FNB) in Creston lifting the total to $3,000.

“Many people use and enjoy the trails in Creston,” said Randy Huewe, president at FNB. “The trails are a quality of life asset for both our current residents and those looking to move to our community. We (FNB) wanted to get involved.”

Currently, the Creston trail system starts in the McKinley Park campground and ends on the west side of Green Valley Lake dam. Stalker said the $3,000 raised will be donated to Crestland Betterment Foundation to be used for upgrades/maintenance to the Creston trail system.

“Mindy did a great job of coordinating participants, volunteers and sponsors in a fairly short amount of time,” said Matt McCutchan, treasurer of Crestland Betterment Foundation. “This money will be used for maintenance which greatly extends the life of the trail.”

The maintenance of the trail can be a costly project. In 2012, the trail system was crack sealed, costing a total of $22,152.

Feedback wanted

Stalker said surveys will be emailed to all half marathon and 5K participants soon to garner constructive suggestions to improve next year’s half marathon and 5K event. Stalker will also be forming a race committee to plan next year’s event. If interested, email her at crestonhalfmarathon@gmail.com.

The winner of the half marathon (13.1 miles) this year was Jake Waddingham, 24, of Macksburg in a time of 1:31:32. The 5K (3.1 miles) winner was Dave Baitinger, 32, of Ankeny in a time of 19:02.

The seven states represented this year were Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, North Carolina, Georgia, Colorado and North Dakota.

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