As part of the Lion’s 4th of July celebration, the 36th Annual Pow Wow Days 5K/10K Fun Runs took place at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Thursday. 525 finishers took part in the three races, with a record number 365 finishing the 5K event.
Champions for the 10K were both Hatchet Alumni: Connor Ahrens, Tomahawk, currently running at UW-Stout in a time of 35:39 and Erin (Potts) Alexander, Goodview, MN, a graduate of Minnesota State-Mankato. Finishing in the runner-up position were Matt Radtke, Merrill (2012 PWD Champ) in a time of 36:01 and four time PWD champion Janine Lau of Milwaukee at 43:31.
Bryan Tomek, a senior at Tomahawk High School was 3rd overall just 12 seconds behind Radtke. Steigerwaldt Land Services won the 10K Corporate Challenge in a combined time of 3:49:25. Team members included: Justin Lund, Sara Sommer, Lee, Julie, and Ed Steigerwaldt.
Two-collegiate runners led the way for the men in the 5K with Matt Eidenschink of Nekoosa (currently a sophomore at UW LaCrosse) taking the title in 16:38, followed closely by Bradon Kampstra of Cross Plains (currently a junior at Michigan Tech) in a time of 16:47. 2013 World-champion Snowmobiler Nick Van Strydonk shows he can still do it on the road as well as he placed 3rd overall with Olympian Andrew Rock of Stratford (2008 medalist in the 4x400m relay) placing 4th overall.
The ladies were paced to the tape by two high schoolers as 14-year old Jessica Salmi of Chicago and 15-year old Jenny Seeliger of McFarland led the way in times of 21:34 and 21:46, respectively. 16-year old Alex Zedler, a junior at THS, was 3rd overall just 9 seconds out of 2nd.
The final event of the day was the 1-mile fun run. Ben Flisakowski-age 12 of Green Bay (6:04) and Allison Newberry-age 11 of Batavia, IL (6:48) were the top respective finishers for the kids race. Full results are posted at Pttiming.com, Active.com, and the Tomahawk Leader.
Special thanks from the race director, to all the volunteers that work so hard to make this event come together and to the many sponsors that support the event.