(Plain Press, May 2016) Runners and their supporters filled campus of Max Hayes High School on Saturday, April 16th for the annual Race to the Max. The Race to the Max, held each year for the past four years by Friends of Max Hayes and the Westside Industrial Retention and Expansion Network (WIRE-Net), raises funds for WIRE-Net’s Youth Programs that serve Max Hayes students. WIRE-Net helps to link Max Hayes students and teachers with opportunities for work place experiences. WIRE-Net Workforce Development Coordinator Gil Ruiz says that over 300 runners participated in the race this year raising over $13,000 in sponsorships to benefit Max Hayes students.
For the first time this year, the Race to the Max began and ended at the new Max Hayes at 2211 W. 65th. Two races were held, a one mile run and a 5 K run. This year a number of Cleveland schools brought students via school buses to participate in the race or cheer on runners.
In the first race, a one mile run or walk, elementary school runners from Cleveland schools secured the five best times overall. First place winner in the mile race was Percy Spencer, an eighth grade student at Sunbeam Elementary with a time of 6 minutes and 46 seconds. The second place winner in the mile race was Trávon Lint, a 7th grade student at Iowa Maple School. David Desmond, a 6th grade student at Fullerton, placed 3rd. Tyshawn Hines, a sixth grade student at Nathan Hale, placed 4th. DeQuan Smith, a 7th grade student at iowa Maple placed 5th. Three of the top five finishers were coached by Cleveland Metropolitan School District Coach Carl Leonard, who coaches students from Sunbeam and Iowa Maple.
The second race, the 5 Kilometer (3.1 mile) race, had runners competing in many age categories. The route for the 5 Kilometer race featured two sites that have fully engaged in “green” landscaping reflective of their location in Cleveland’s EcoVillage – the Max Hayes campus itself and the grounds of the City of Cleveland Michael Zone Recreation Center. The 5K runners traversed down Walworth to W. 53, W. 53rd to Zone Recreation Center and back to Max Hayes and then repeated the route again to complete the 5K.
The overall winner in the 5 Kilometer (3.1 mile) Race to the Max was Adam Rosen, age 30, with a time of 18 minutes and 39.9 seconds. Rosen, the new Economic Development Director at the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization set a fast pace in the race averaging 6.01 minutes per mile. He bested another Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization staff member in the race, Marketing Director Chad Jones, age 41, who finished a respectable 5th overall and first for males age 40 to 49, with a time of 20 minutes and 14.8 seconds.
The overall female winner in the 5k was Michelle Thomas, age 24. She placed 11th overall in the race and set a pace of 7.01 minutes per mile.
Tony Pavlowsky, placed second overall in the 5K, and first among male runners age 20-29. His time was 19 minutes and 31 seconds. Phil Lammers, placed third overall in the 5 K and first among male runners age 60 and older with a time of 19 minutes and 35.7 seconds.
Other male and female first place winners in their age categories were: Asya Abed – first place female age 10 and under; Noah Braun, first place male, age 10 and under; Kayla Johnson, first place female, age 11-14; Zimu Cai, first place male, age 11-14; Aireonna Melton, 1st place female, age 15-19; Evan Valentine, first place male, age 15-19; Christina Gentile-Roman, 1st place female, age 20-29; Elizabeth Fritz, first place female, age 30-39; Ian Rice, first place male, age 30-39; Maureen Anderson, first place female, age 40-49; Kathy Jirus, first place female, age 50 – 59; Ron Kuntz, first place male, age 50-59; and Sandy Mellon, first place female, age 60 and older.
For more information on the times of participants in the 5K Race to the Max visit: http://www.hmapromotions.net/results-2016.html.