MDRA GP REPORT – Get in Gear 10K
Perhaps there was just the right amount of chill in the air on Saturday, April 29, as MDRA race team members and MDRA Polar Bear regulars excelled at the Get in Gear 10K. The race team had five of the top 15 men’s MDRA Grand Prix finishers and continues to hold the top three spots in the men’s overall Grand Prix standings (Nathan Campeau, Jason Chrudimsky and Scott Reuterfeldt). The race team also includes the top two newcomers to the Grand Prix at Get in Gear (Kevin Ueland and Omar Awad, ninth and 14th respectively). MDRA Polar Bear run regular Kari Campeau claimed third among the women in the race to take the lead in the women’s overall standings.
Daniel Docherty dominated the field with a third place overall finish in 29:22 (on a shortened course due to lead vehicle error) that was good for his second consecutive and third overall Grand Prix win this year. Not to be outdone, Lisa Baumert (35:00) led the women’s side of the Grand Prix with her second consecutive victory as the second woman overall at Get in Gear.
Daniel Docherty moved up to fifth overall and fourth among men with his win, and overall leader Nathan Campeau narrowly extended his lead with another strong showing, but neither is safe in their respective age groups. In the highly competitive men’s 35-39 age group Nathan leads by less than 100 points over Jason Chrudimsky (#GoMe) while Doron Clark and Ben Merchant both can move up if they compete in enough races. In the men’s 34 and under, despite his three wins, Daniel still has three racers within 250 points.
Kari Campeau took the lead in the women’s overall standings, but Melissa Agnew remains in striking distance and Lisa Baumert is making her presence felt with two strong performances. All three compete in the women’s 34 and under age group.
With 71 racers, Get in Gear set a new season high for Grand Prix racers and the total participants broke 100 for the year. An impressive 22 people have completed all four races so far, but nine races remain so anybody looking to join still has time to make their mark as only the best 10 races are scored for each runner and many age groups are still wide open. The competition continues Thursday, May 11, at the TC Mile in Downtown Minneapolis followed by the Brian Kraft Memorial 5K on May 29.
by Jason Chrudimsky