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Familiar faces win biggest Canal Run

July 23, 2012
By Stephen Anderson - DMG Sports Writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - While several familiar faces earned first-place finishes at Saturday's Canal Run, many new faces helped make it the biggest road race in the event's 37-year history.

Amy (Hauswirth) Janeshek, of Hancock, and Jonathan Kilpela, of Atlantic Mine, took first in the women's and men's 10-mile run, but they were just two of the 642 registered participants who took part in either the 10-mile run or walk, or 5-mile run or walk.

"It was an absolutely amazing year with record numbers again, for the last three years in a row," said race director Angela Luskin, who is also community health coordinator for Portage Health, one of the event's primary sponsors along with Finlandia University and Citizens Bank. "What's great about the Canal Run is we have new people every year who have never even entered an event before."

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Amy Janeshek approaches the Canal Run finish line on Quincy Street in downtown Hancock Saturday morning. She won the 10-mile women’s race with a time of 1 hour, 4 minutes, 20.8 seconds. The Hancock native has won the event at least nine times in her storied running career.

In 2009 the 5-mile run option was added, and the 5-mile walk was added in 2010, providing four USA Track & Field-certified options for participants. The course runs along M-203, with 10-mile competitors starting at McLain State Park and 5-milers at High Point Road in Hancock. All races finish up in on Quincy Street in downtown Hancock, between Citizens Bank and Finlandia's Quincy Green.

"Most of my training is along the canal, so it's like home. It's my favorite race and the first race I ever did, so I love running it" said Janeshek, who has won at least nine Canal Runs before and whose time of 1 hour, 4 minutes, 20.8 seconds was almost seven minutes ahead of 2012 second-place women's 10-mile finisher Christina Mischica.

"It's great to see how much it's progressed over the years and with adding the 5-mile and seeing how many more people are participating. It's just wonderful," she said, adding thanks to the nearly 100 volunteers who help put the race on each year.

Fact Box

Women's 10-mile run: 1. Amy Janeshek, Hancock, 1:04:20.8; 2. Christina Mischica, Hancock, 1:11:20.6; 3. Amy Aldrich, Hancock, 1:11:25.7; 4. Donna Gering, Ironwood, 1:11:42.5; 5. Ann Hoover, Hancock, 1:11:52.6; 6. Terry Dreves, Houghton, 1:13:50.0; 7. Sara Roberts, McMurray, Pa., 1:14:16.2; 8. Jennifer Masini, Oshkosh, Wis., 1:14:48.2; 9. Laura Roberts, Houghton, 1:16:19.7; 10. Jessica Gering, Ironwood, 1:16:43.5.

Men's 10-mile run: 1. Jonathan Kilpela, Atlantic Mine, 0:56:16.5; 2. Bradon Kampstra, Hancock, 0:59:06.2; 3. Alec Bolthouse, Houghton, 0:59:47.3; 4. Calvin Nitz, Houghton, 1:00:54.6; 5. Riccardo Tortini, Houghton, 1:01:18.4; 6. Kyle Arvan, Gladstone, 1:01:53.4; 7. Andrew Brian, Berlin, 1:05:20.7; 8. Simon Carn, Hancock, 1:06:07.9; 9. Andrew Lund, Calumet, 1:06:16.7; 10. Jacob Colling, Chassell, 1:06:59.3.

Women's 10-mile walk: 1. Yvonne Watwood, Houghton, 1:56:20.6; 2. Gladys Dupuis, Lake Linden, 2:02:35.2; 3. Sandy Houle, Dollar Bay, 2:04:10.5; 4. Kathy Marino, Houghton, 2:06:39.1; 5. Mary Haller, Houghton, 2:07:22.0; 6. Jennifer Biekkola, Hancock, 2:08:24.1; 7. Shannon Rinkinen, Chassell, 2:08:26.2; 8. Jenna Hyrkas, Calumet, 2:09:01.7; 9. Joan Becker, Hancock, 2:09:45.2; 10. Kimberly Peterson, L'Anse, 2:11:16.5.

Men's 10-mile walk: 1. Tim Bennett, L'Anse, 1:53:26.6; 2. Chris Sochay, Calumet, 2:02:50.0; 3. Keith Willis, Hancock, 2:04:51.3; 4. Brandon Jurmu, Atlantic Mine, 2:09:01.5; 5. Paul Kostamo, South Range, 2:09:46.0; 6. Max Johnson, Chassell, 2:14:38.9; 7. Ronald Waara, Lake Linden, 2:14:51.0; 8. Jim Bogan, Houghton, 2:16:28.1; 9. John Brown, Arlington Heights, Ill., 2:17:32.4; 10. Dan Rouleau, Hancock, 2:19:23.3.

Women's 5-mile run: 1. Joan Rundman, Hancock, 0:36:05.6; 2. Shelley Galliah, Hancock, 0:37:04.7; 3. Staci Thornton, Houghton, 0:38:01.6; 4. Brigitte Lapointe, Baraga, 0:38:13.5; 5. Sandy Sutherland, Pelkie, 0:38:38.3; 6. Lianna Miller, Colorado Springs, Colo., 0:40:15.3; 7. Kelsie Richards, Houghton, 0:40:17.1; 8. Penny Tussing, Troy, Mich., 0:40:56.8; 9. Michelle Miller, Pelkie, 0:41:13.0; Maria Kasza, Houghton, 0:41:58.6.

Men's 5-mile run: 1. Tim Dunstan, Dollar Bay, 0:29:48.1; 2. Brett Houle, Dollar Bay, 0:31:57.4; 3. Adam Wellstead, Hancock, 0:32:23.0; 4. Connor Colling, Chassell, 0:32:29.5; 5. Mark Hallmann, Amasa, 0:33:02.6; 6. Eric Monticello, Hancock, 0:33:12.8; 7. Jesse Cleaver, Houghton, 0:33:21.4; 8. Tim Corrigan, Lake Linden, 0:34:40.2; 9. Bill Mielke, Calumet, 0:34:43.1; 10. Cody Ponchaud, Crystal Falls, 0:34:59.8.

Women's 5-mile walk: 1. Lindsey Anderson, Calumet, 1:02:19.7; 2. Linda Johns, Calumet, 1:02:21.0; 3. Karen Kucera, Superior, Wis., 1:03:24.1; 4. Kristyn Keranen, Laurium, 1:05:46.2; 5. Emily Hruska, Hancock, 1:06:02.4; 6. Diane Quist, Walker, Mich., 1:07:08.7; 7. Crystal Park, Hancock, 1:07:33.8; 8. Loredana Valenzano, Hancock, 1:07:34.4; 9. Kim Lorenzetti, Hancock, 1:07:51.7; 10. Susan Lutz, Houghton, 1:07:51.8.

Men's 5-mile walk: 1. Todd Davis, Marquette, 0:55:15.4; 2. Fraser Strome, Houghton, 1:00:12.1; 3. Jon Anderson, Calumet, 1:00:43.1; 4. Randy Heinonen, Hancock, 1:11:06.3; 5. James Peterson, Hancock, 1:14:57.5; 6. Manoj Parthasarathy, Houghton, 1:16:05.5; 7. Gregory Olson, Mohawk, 1:16:32.8; 8. Richard Baccus, Lake Linden, 1:19:20.6; 9. Scott Collins, L'Anse, 1:20:08.2; 10. Josh Turner, Lake Linden, 1:22:10.9.

Kilpela is also a repeat winner, having won previously in 2008. But this year was even more special for the Michigan Tech cross country runner.

"This is my second time winning it, but this time I feel like I really earned it," Kilpela said. "I got my best time by over two minutes (56 minutes, 16.5 seconds). It was a great race for me today, my best Canal Run."

It was a great day for Tech cross country runners in general, who took the top four spots in the men's 10-mile race, with Bradon Kampstra (59:06.2) and Alec Bolthouse (59:47.3) both also finishing in under an hour.

"We cleaned up out there," said Kilpela. "I'd love to do more road races, but I think I'll have to wait until I'm done with my college career because even though I like to focus on a couple races in the summer, the main goal is still to get ready for the fall. I think we can do some great work in the (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) this fall."

Other first-place finishers who battled warmer conditions at the end of the race and somewhat humid conditions from overnight rain include: Yvonne Watwood and Tim Bennett (has now won all four times he's entered) in the women's and men's 10-mile walk; Dean Juntunen (who has only missed one Canal Run since 1992) in the 10-mile wheelchair division; Joan Rundman and Tim Dunstan in the women's and men's 5-mile run; and Lindsey Anderson and Todd Davis in the women's and men's 5-mile walk. First- through third-place medals were awarded in 12 different age groups (when applicable) of each of the four races.

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