By Kevin Kelley
No new course records were set in the 5-mile race, but organizers of the 23rd annual North Coast Challenge seemed to agree the event, which raises money for Westshore nonprofit organizations, was a success. The event took place at the campus of St. John Medical Center Aug. 31.
Koskel Kibet was the top race finisher with a time of 23:19.51, with a pace of 4:40 per mile. Boniface Biwolt finished second at 23:44.21. Last year’s winner, Mourad Marofit, finished third at 24:34.60. The course record for men is 22:53.
Jessica Odorsic was the top female finisher with a time of 27:07.40, followed by Cynthia Jerop and Jennie Kormanik. The course record for women is 26:12.
Eddie Metetic finished first in the 3.4-mile walk, followed by Brian Anstead, of Westlake, accoridng to results posted on the race website. Mayor Dennis Clough, winner of a 2-mile walk at last year’s North Coast Challenge, finished third overall. A dozen of the top 20 walk finishers hailed from Westlake.
In addition, kids fun runs for several age groups were held. This year North Coast Challenge added a noncompetitive 1-mile walk for individuals 65 and older to promote physical fitness for older adults.
Race results can be found online at northcoastchallenge.com.