Running club members race at Drake Relays
Four members of the Maharishi University of Management running club competed in a 5- or 10-kilometer race as part of the famed Drake Relays in Des Moines late last month, with all of them performing well in their age group, including a first place and two third place finishes.
The 10K race had over 2,500 runners. Leading the way for the club was Ezana Adagnu who ran a time of 37:37. He finished 25th overall and third in the 30–34 age group, winning a gift certificate.
Aaron Shoemaker ran the 10k in 44:20 and was the 81st overall finisher, which put him in the top four percent. He was sixth in the 20–24 age group.
Philip Magnier, a 1990 MIU grad who is visiting form Ireland, ran the 10k in 46:01. He was the 119th overall finisher and won the 60–64 age group, earning a gift certificate.
In the 5k race, which had over 4,000 runners, Shane Orne ran a time of 32:16 and was third in the 60–64 age group. The Drake Relays had many world-class athletes participating.
Earlier in the month eight M.U.M students ran in the Color the Earth Run.
The students participating in the non-competitive event were Shoemaker, Jason Miller, Fallon Davis, Colin Heaton, Pia Fritsch, Jaime Ulloa, Kaci Obrien and Winnie Veroza.
The fun run had the runners start at Lamson Woods wearing white T-shirts and run along the trail to Chautauqua Park, loop the park and then run back. Along the way the runners were splattered with multi-colored paints on their shirts.
“All the students had a really fun time,” said coach Peter Mannisi.
Next for the club will be the Fairfield 15.9-mile loop trail run and three-person relay on [Saturday] and the American Gothic 5k run on June 14.
Reprinted from the Maharishi University of Management’s electronic newsletter, The Review.