Lakewood OH

Runners, walkers participate in 23rd edition of North Coast Challenge

The kids fun run for younger racers begins.

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