June 19, 2010

Lighthouse Run!

The 32nd annual Lighthouse Run provided a spectacle Downtown Saturday morning, with thousands of runners tackling the 10-mile, 4-mile or fun-run courses.

An early count showed somewhere between 3,600 and 3,700 runners, more than last year's 3,490 participants, under sunny skies -- welcome weather given Friday's tree-splitting wind and rainstorms.

Winner of the 10-mile Lighthouse Run was Tyler Sigl, 24, in 51:54. Sigl won last year's race in 52:33.3. Valerie Hubbard of Kenosha was the first woman finisher, in 1:01.35.

Winner of today's 4-mile race was Jason Finch in 20:01. Bethany Brewster was the first woman finisher in the 4-mile, in 23:09.

The Lighthouse Run is a fund-raiser for the Racine YMCA. Y executive director Jeff Collen notes that the race "is one of the few anythings that has gone on for 32 years." The race provides about $12,000 to the Y -- which needs to be compared with the more than $400,000 in financial assistance the Y provides to those who ordinarily couldn't afford membership.

Complete race results are posted here.

Peter Jackel of the Journal Times -- who has covered the Lighthouse Run for more than half its existence, since 1992 -- has this nice wrapup and interview with Tyler Sigl.

 Tyler Sigl of Seymour offers a happy smile after winning the 10-mile race -- again

Jason Finch of River Falls is airborne as he approaches the finish line first in the 4-mile

Bethany Brewster of Madison, first woman in the 4-mile

The start of the 4-mile race

The start of the fun run

Coach Bob Letsch of St. Cat's wields the starter's pistol