6th Annual Kelly Roggensack Memorial Races: Results!
5K Run - Overall
5K Run - Age Group
5K Run - Special Awards
3K Walk - Overall and Age Group
1K Kids Fun Run - Age Group
STEUBENVILLE, Ohio– Runners clad in brightly colored skirts, pig-tails, chicken hats, and tuxedo shirts flocked to Assisi Heights early this morning to compete in the 6th Annual Kelly Roggensack Memorial Run.
Every year, the Franciscan cross country teams host the event to honor the memory of Kelly Roggensack and as a fundraiser for their season. The brightly colored clothes and crazy hairstyles are a tribute to Kelly's personality and philosophy: be loud, be crazy, because life's too short to take yourself too seriously.
For the second year in a row, the race featured a 5k run, 3k walk, and 1k kid's fun run. This year, however, the Kelly run featured a new start and finish as well as a new course that stayed on campus roads instead of going off-road.
"The new course was a success," event coordinator Don Bennette said. "People seemed to like it and for the first time we had a water cooler at the mile marker."
This year, there were over 150 pre-registries and over fifty walk up registrations, making the grand total over 200, the largest in the history of the race. Participants included students, alumni, parents, local runners and religious.
"We had a surprisingly large number of religious this year, " Bennette said. "It's a blessing to have them run with us."
This years winner was 22 year-old Adam Estavillo who won with a time of 18:42.0. FUS student, Jane Crosby was the top female finish with a time of 21:37.0.
The Kelly run, while primarily put on as a fundraiser, also brings the cross country programs closer together. Bennette said that he is always impressed at how the collaboration, teamwork, and cooperation of the team helps bring a positive atmosphere to the event.
"Kelly was all about living her life to go out and change the world." Bennette said. "She had such a positive influence on the team."
Learn more about the inspiring life of Kelly Roggensack and Kelly's Garden