Wild Life Marathon Puts Concord in the Spotlight

For the fourth consecutive year, runners gathered in Concord, outside of Jackson, for the Wild Life Marathon. The course followed the Falling Waters Trail, along with a collection of gravel and village streets, throughout the towns of Concord and Spring Arbor. In total, more than 400 runners were on hand to conquer the full marathon, half marathon, or 5K event.

On a course that served as a Boston Marathon qualifier, Tim Mocny of Mt. Pleasant made himself eligible for the illustrious event, posting a winning time of 2:46:40. Mocny averaged a 6:22 mile, and was able to defeat his closest competitor by almost nine minutes. Brian Greety of Ann Arbor finished in second place, also earning eligibility for Boston, with a time of 2:55:18. Jaeyoon Yoo, also from Ann Arbor, finished third at 3:07:42.

Ann Arbor runners were also represented in the women’s division, as Sara Lu finished at 3:41:23, 16 minutes in front of second place. Concord’s own Cathy Brubaker was the runner-up, posting a time of 3:57:19. Not too far behind was Nicole Ozimek of Taylor, who claimed third with her time of 3:57:34.

Runners set out on a quick pace in the half marathon, quickly establishing a lead pack among the hundreds of runners in the field. Jayden Hesselink, of nearby Spring Arbor, won the overall race with a time of 1:21:44. Livingston Garland of Lansing finished close behind, at 1:22:46, and Male Masters winner Erik Golbiw, of Royal Oak, rounded out the top three with a time of 1:28:33.

Rebecca Boggs had an impressive showing on the women’s side, placing fifth overall and winning the women’s division. The Onsted native finished with a time of 1:30:01, six minutes in front of second place. Masters winner Marcy Sacks of Albion took second, running the course in 1:36:01, and Amy Gingras of Jackson claimed third with her time of 1:39:42.

For more information about the Wild Life Marathon, and for more results, please visit their website.

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