For 32 years the final Sunday in April was reserved for the Bun Run and title sponsor Schlotzsky’s, but 2014 marked a new era. Same course, same great cause (Austin Sunshine Camps) but a different name and title sponsor at the inaugural Silicon Labs Sunshine Run.
The 10K kicked off the event at 7:00 AM under balmy, overcast skies with a stiff breeze from the south/southeast. Rain that forecasters predicted stayed well north, never threatening except for spitting out a few sprinkles. From the outset, Rogue’s Devin Monson set the pace along with Michael Lori and Rory Tunningley. A pure out and back course along Cesar Chavez to Lake Austin, the lead three left little question of who was going to take home the combined prize purse of $500.
The 23-year-old Monson – coming off a 2nd place finish at the Cap 10K – put a 200 yard gap on Lori with less than a mile to go and cruised over the South First bridge in the final stretch to capture the victory (and $350) in 31:43. Lori – also 23 – finished in 32:05 which earned a $100 check and Tunningley – the old one of the trio at age 24 – claimed third in 32:34 for a $50 prize.
On the women’s side, Tia Martinez not only finished ahead of the second place female by two and a half minutes but there were only five men to cross the line before her. The gap was so wide that once Martinez took the tape, in 36:17, a stretch of 2 minutes 15 seconds passed by before the next runner came through.
Rounding out the top three was Sarah Madebach (38:44) and Ashley Green (45:17). Yes, you read that right. A seven minute gap.
Different than most races which typically have combined starts, the 5K went off at 8:30 after all the 10K runners had finished. Local triathlete and recently featured TexasRunningPost.com Q&A subject Julie Stupp earned her first ever Austin victory in 18:11. And just like Tia Martinez, only five men finished in front of Stupp.
“I went out and was on my own from the beginning, trying to keep up with some of the men,” said the former collegiate standout in swimming and track. “My goal was to break 18 today and it didn’t happy but I’m still pleased.”
No prize money was awarded in the 5K but Stupp did receive a free pair of shoes from Luke’s Locker. Coming in second in 19:46 was Jessica Gonzales and Jamie Nel (20:58) third.
In the men’s race, Marc Bergman found the magic fountain of recovery and just six days after PR’ing with a 2:44 at the Boston Marathon outran Wes Johnson to win in 16:38. Johnson – also coming off a Boston finish – nabbed second in 16:59. Middle schooler Matthew Kearney – only 13 years old – turned in an incredible 17:22 for third place.
Top Masters of the day were Julie Zitter (23:57) and Patrick Montgomery (17:41) in the 5K, Glenda Adams (45:19) and Peter Huff (40:13) in the 10K.
Full results available at Cadence Sports.
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