MDRA GP Report – O’Gara’s 8K
MDRA Grand Prix Race Report
Saturday, March 25, was a beautiful day for a race at O’Gara’s in St. Paul. Roads were dry, long clear of any remnants of snow, and temperatures were nearly perfect for a race, with a chill that kept you uncomfortable while standing still, but was quickly forgotten once you tackled the course’s opening hill.
In the Grand Prix (GP) results, ‘Dans’ stole the day, led by Daniel Docherty at 24:26 (gun time) for second overall, first among GP racers for his second 2017 GP win. (Meet of the Miles was Docherty’s first GP win). Daniel Strike finished seventh to go with his Securian Half GP win, and Dan Peters was sixth, complementing his runner up Meet of the Miles finish. Eric Loeffler and Pat Burns made strong 2017 Grand Prix debuts with second and third place GP finishes. Making an equally strong debut for the women, Lisa Baumert led with a 29:20 finish time followed by Kari Campeau in second, her third GP runner up placing and the winner of the two previous GP races. Melissa Agnew finished third for the women in the GP. Not to be left out on the ‘Day of the Dans’, Danielle Gordanier was fifth in 33:45.
Based on his 29:26, fifteenth place GP finish, Nathan Campeau extended his men’s lead while overtaking Melissa Agnew for the overall lead. Melissa retained her women’s lead but Kari Campeau gained ground with her strong run. The impressive group of newcomers could shake up the overall and age group standings as their race totals increase.
The 67 racers were the most in any Grand Prix race this year, bringing the total participants up to 96 so far, with 25 of those racers participating in all three races and 17 newcomers to the GP at O’Gara’s Irish Run. The race was also the first to coincide with the USATF Minnesota Team Circuit. The MDRA Grand Prix and the USATF Team Circuit series overlap through the Jeff Winter City of Lakes Half Marathon on September 10, so the Grand Prix adds an individual component to the multi-distance team competition, a tremendous value at just $5 for MDRA members!
The next Grand Prix event is the Get in Gear 10K on April 29, followed by the Medtronic TC One Mile on May 11.
by Jason Chrudimsky