(Shenandoah) -- 370 total runners took to the Wabash Trace for the third annual Wabash Trace Nature Trail Marathon, Half Marathon and Marathon Relay.
The day began in Malvern, where 70 marathoners and 18 marathon relay teams kicked off the race at 7 a.m. The half marathon got its start at 8 a.m. in Imogene with 192 participants.
Ryan Jardon (Moline, Illinois) was the first finisher to come in, winning the overall half marathon in a time of 1 hour, 27 minutes, 56 seconds, a time that Jardon says he's satisfied with.
"I was very satisfied with my time," said Jardon. "At first, I thought it might be a little cool early when we first got going, but it turned out really nice as we really got into it. The weather warmed up a little, and the trace makes a really nice trail to run on."
In the female division for the half marathon, Iris Rivero (Ames) crossed the finish line first in a time 1 hour, 42 minutes, 6 seconds. Rivero says the conditions were perfect today.
"This is an amazing day. It was perfect conditions for running," said Rivero. "The trail was perfectly packed, in terms of the ground. The support in the whole course was amazing between the water stations and areas where you cross the road were excellent. Everyone was very supportive."
After some of the half marathoners had finished, the full marathoners made their way into downtown Shenandoah led by the overall marathon winner Cory Logsdon (Omaha). Logsdon ran the course in 2 hours, 43 minutes, 18 seconds to unseat two-time defending champion Jerrod Anzalone (3rd place, 2:46:08). Logsdon says he was using this as a training run for some future events.
"I came out here with the intent for this to be a training run," said Logsdon. "I've got a couple marathons coming up here in the fall, but this was a good training run. I wanted to get out here and of course the weather was great for it. Time-wise, it was about where I wanted to be, so it helps out a lot trying to get somewhere with where I need to be in the training mode. It was a great course and a great environment."
The female division winner for the full marathon was Stacy Gill (Omaha) with her winning time of 3 hours, 28 minutes. Gill says she's still in the early stages of a big goal she has for running.
"My husband and I started running about two and a half years ago," said Gill. "We're trying to do races in every state and this is number 13, so we'll keep going."
Finally, the CRHC Dream Team consisting of Christy Nielsen (Omaha), Mike Hartman (Clarinda), Mary Landhuis (Clarinda), Scott Haug (Elkhorn, NE) and Seth Watkins (Clarinda) took the overall relay championship with a combined time of 2 hours, 57 minutes, 16 seconds.
You can view the full results from all of the divisions by clicking here. After the event, KMA Sports talked with the individual winners: Jardon, Rivero, Logsdon and Gill in video interviews you can view below.
Many volunteers helped make the event possible, lining the route, providing street-crossing security, staffing water stations and cheering on the runners. The event was staged by the Shenandoah Chamber & Industry Association, the Malvern Area Betterment Association, the Sons and Daughters of Imogene and Southwest Iowa Nature Trails with all of the proceeds going to the Wabash Trace Trail and participating community organizations.