Cooler but Wet Conditions Welcome Bellin Run Participants
By Rich Palzewic
GREEN BAY – Greeted by cooler but wet conditions, nearly 7,000 runners and walkers participated in the 46th Bellin Run 10k on June 11.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, this was the first time the race was held in person since 2019.
The last two editions took place virtually.
In the women’s race, Risper Gesabwa (33:11) claimed her eighth event title with a seven-second win over Makenna Myler (33:18).
Gesabwa, who did not compete in 2017, won the Bellin Run crown in five consecutive appearances dating back to 2012.
The victory broke his own record of seven wins for the course.
Two women, Kim Merritt and Joan Benoit Samuelson have won the Bellin race four times, while two men, Allan Kiprono and John Korir, have won it five times.
On the men’s side, Jared Ward (29:09) beat the tape and defended his 2019 title, beating two-time champion Brendan Gregg (28:40), the 2018 Bellin Run champion, by 31 seconds.
Joseph Kimani kept the men’s course record (27:46) set in 1997, and Tegla Loroupe kept the women’s course record (31:48) set in 1999.
There were, however, new age group records set:
- Women 65-69 – Andriette Wickstrom: 48:35
- Women 80-84 — Myrna Dickinson: 1:18:35
- Men 8 and under — Liam Bisson: 49:10
- Men 85+ — James Henderson: 1:37:29
The Bellin Run again welcomed 20 Legends, participants who have participated in every Bellin Run since the event’s inception in 1977.
Full Bellin Run results are available on the Bellin Run website by CLICKING HERE.