Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fun and games and serious running combine at GO! Halloween event

Given the inordinate number of costumed runners in the Great GO! St. Louis Great Halloween 10K race, it's easy to assume that all who gather at Soldier's Memorial on October 13 will be there for fun and games. For some of the competitors, though, this is serious stuff. The race, the largest 10K in Missouri, has attracted an elite field as well as the goblins, fairy princesses and refugees from ComicCon and the Renaissance fair.

Among the elite runners scheduled to compete in the 10K are three members of Team RunFan, coached by former St. Louisan Ben Rosario:

  • Jordan Chipangama, 25, who finished second in the 2013 GO! St. Louis Half Marathon, with a time of 1:03:22.
  • Matt Llano, who finished sixth at the GO! half, seventh in the U.S. 20K championships and and has a PR of 28:43 in the 10K. 
  • Eric Fernandez, a two-time state champion when he attended Parkway West. Fernandez also was the 2011 SEC cross country champ and the 2012 SEC 10K champ in his career at the University of Arkansas. 
They'll be pushed by some of the best regional distance runners. Big River's Carter Snow won last year's GO! Halloween 5K, and teammate Matt O'Conner won the GO! All-American 5K this summer. Benson Chesang of Lawrence, Kan., also is scheduled to compete. He finished second in the 2011 Halloween 10K.

The women's field includes 2009 Halloween 10K winner Julie Lossos, Crystal Harris and Hillary Orf, who won last year's Halloween 10K, represented Marquette High and St. Louis University and was a member of Team USA at the 2012 NACAC Cross Country Championships. 

The race is equal opportunity, most welcoming to runners of all abilities in the half-marathon, 10K, 5K and 1-mile fun run. Click here for more information.

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