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May 8, 2013
Burns Park Run Celebrates 35 Years in 2013
Eva Hattie Schueler
On May 5, the 35th annual Burns Park Run was held in honor of International Barefoot Runners Day.  As well as being the official IBRD event for the Michigan chapter of the Barefoot Runners Society, the Burns Park Run also operated as a fundraiser for the Burns Park Elementary PTO. The combination of the two groups, along with the scenic race route through Burns Park neighborhood and parts of the University of Michigan campus, attracted a wide variety of participants from Ann Arbor elementary school students to Olympic runners.
The 5K run began at 8:30 a.m, and 15:39 minutes later, Plymouth’s Jeff Bord took first place for the males.  Just ten seconds later, Ann Arbor native Dusty Lopez crossed the finish line, earning him second place with a time of 15:49. Third place went to another Ann Arborite, Phil Stead at 16:03. Ann Arbor continued its dominance, as Leah Tai came in first among female runners at a time of 20:37. Second place went to local sixth grader Callie Hastie who tore up the track with 21:54. Not to be outdone, Ypsilanti’s Zera Anderson was right behind Hastie and completed the 5K course at 21:59.
Equally impressive times and examples of determined competition were shown during the 10K. Ann Arbor’s Austin Taylor set the bar high with a first place time of 34:33. Almost a full minute passed before Benjamin Pankow claimed second place for himself after finishing the race in 35:31. The third fastest man was Ann Arbor’s Greg King, who took fourth place overall at 36:37. For the females, local runner Erin Heenan breezed past the rest of the female runners at 36:12 to finish first, and third overall.  With a time of 41:15, Onsted native Rebecca Boggs took second place, and third place went to Grand Rapids’ Lisa Brewer, who crossed the finish line at 43:02.
Going strong since 1978, the Burns Park Run can once again be counted an overwhelming success, as both an attraction for members of the international running community and local joggers.  This run is undoubtedly an Ann Arbor event that will be around for many years to come, promoting health, celebrating fitness and raising money for a cherished part of the town.
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