Racers brave rain for River Road Run

Runners wait at the starting line of the River Road Run on Sunday at Camp Hueco Springs. The race drew 87 athletes from all across Texas. Photo by Kevin Force.

by Kevin Force, Editor

Despite the rainiest day of the year, 87 athletes from all over Texas arrived at Camp Hueco Springs on River Road on Sunday to race in the River Road Run.

Christopher Lawrence was the head of the class, winning the 12-mile race in 1:08:31.

From the start, a trio of runners moved to the front of the pack. Defending champ Paul Frost and Shayn Weidner kept pace with Lawrence, just ahead of 24-year-old Derek Riedel of San Antonio.

Riedel made a push down the stretch and nearly overtook Lawrence for the lead, but finished just 17 seconds behind the winner.

Weidner crossed the line just behind Riedel, 21 seconds off the winning pace. He placed third overall in 1:08:52, and Frost finished fourth in 1:10:19. All four men were tops in their respective age divisions.

Jesse Sturgeon was also an age-division winner, posting the best time in the 50-54 year-old male classification. He finished fifth overall in 1:13.53.

Leslie Hine, 16, of New Braunfels, was the top female finisher, clocking 1:28:27. She placed 24th overall and defeated Bridget De La Rosa, the female runner-up, by more than three minutes.

Another interesting runner was Edmond Corley of Kerrville, who, at 73, was the oldest to compete. Corley finished the race in 84th place in a modest 2:22:25.

The light rain and slightly cold conditions did not seem to phase the eager runners, many of whom donned standard running gear of just T-shirts and shorts.

"Everything went well," said race director Nick Seidel. "The New Braunfels Triathlon Club came together to put on a great event. We had a 20 percent increase in participation and hope to grow from here on out."

Seidel, whose event production company conducts several races throughout the year, organized the race to allow runners a chance to run along the picturesque River Road. The beautiful course included rolling hills and crossed the Guadalupe River in three places. The runners moved north for six miles before looping around just before Rocky Beach Outfitter and returning to their origin.

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