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2013 River Run 

About twenty-five people enjoyed the Crete Youth In Governance Team’s “River Run” on Saturday, April 27th at Tuxedo Park in Crete. The team was assisted by Crete Middle School youth from the after school club Cardinals in the River Run. The middle school youth have been involved in a semester-long program lead by the Crete Youth In Governance Team where they have been running and learning about health, nutrition, and wellness. A UnitedHealth HEROES grant from UnitedHealthcare and YSA (Youth Service America) helped fund the after school project and part of the race. The UnitedHealth HEROES program supports youth-led projects, which include walking, running and hiking, to help fight childhood obesity. 

This is the second year for the run which helps raise awareness about the Tuxedo Park Community Trail. Our team wishes to thank the following for supporting the fun run: City of Crete, Road ID, UNL Extension, Eric Stehlik, and Drew Rische.

Results from the race are as follows.
5 K Run
14 and Under (years of age)
Jorge Hernandez 28.0 (top male 14 and under)

15 to 30 (years of age)
Thomas Blanke 18:13 (top male 15 to 30)
Emily Manning 21:37 (top female 15 to 30)
Caleb White 22:47
Kelsey Homolka 29:30
Emily Honnens 36:05
Julia Honnens 36:05

31 to 50 (years of age)
Wes Pohlman 19:57 (top male 31 to 50)
Shelly Bresson 25:27 (top female 31 to 50)
Nereyda Zambrano 41:18 

One Mile Run
14 & Under (years of age)
Jennifer Cardona 7:34 (top female 14 and under and special recognition 12 years and under)
Justin Bayliss 8:45 (top male 14 and under and special recognition 12 years and under)
Isabelle Peters 9:52 (special recognition 12 years and under)
Ellie Peters 12:37 (special recognition 12 years and under)

51 & Over (years of age)
Mark Manning 9:22 (top male 51 and over)

Walk Participants: Leanne Manning and Charlene Brown 

 

1 Mile Winners

One Mile Run - Front Row: Ellie Peters & Isabelle Peters, Special Recognition 12 years and under. Back Row: Mark Manning, 1st Place Males, 51 & Over; Justin Bayliss, 1st Place Males, 14 & Under and Special Recognition 12 years and under; Jennifer Cardona, 1st Place Females, 14 and under and Special Recognition 12 years and under.      

 

5 K Female

5 K Run
Shelly Bresson
1st Place, Females
31 to 50 years

 

Group of runners

5 K Run
Wes Pohlman, 1st Place, Males 31 to 50 years;
Thomas Blanke, 1st Place, Males 15 to 30 years;
Emily Manning, 1st Place, Females 15 to 30 years; 
and Jorge Hernandez, 1st Place, Males 14 and under


2012 River Run 

Thirty-nine people participated in the Crete Youth In Governance Team’s first “River Run” on Saturday, July 7th at Tuxedo Park in Crete. The majority of the runners participated in the 5 K race which went through the park and along an existing trail by the Blue River. Many of the participants commented on the natural beauty of the route noting it made them forget about the length of the race and just enjoy the surroundings. The team hosted the fun run to raise awareness about the Tuxedo Park Community Trail they are developing as their current project. Our team wishes to thank the following for supporting the fun run: City of Crete, Burger King, Road ID, Pamida, UNL Extension, Chuck and Jenei Skillett, and Drew Rische. Results from the race are as follows.

5 K Run
14 and Under (years of age)
Samantha Vaverka 25:34 (top female 14 and under)
Isabel DeAyala 25:37

15 to 30 (years of age)
Kohlton Gabehart 17:32 (top male 15 to 30)
Caleb Scholz 20:08
Drew Amen 20:30
Emily Manning 21:07 (top female 15 to 30)
Andrea Kontor 23:10
Emily Bausch 23:53
Katie Fry 25:06
Alex Medina 28:08
Kristin Kowalski 31:41

31 to 50 (years of age)
Jessie Meinke 25:43 (top female 31 to 50)
Darcy Meinke 30:05
Andrea Holmes 30:52
Lisa Compton 31:21
Kim Betke 33:37
Kim Woodward 34:15
Sheri Holsing 39:41
Nicole Weishahn 39:42

51 and Over (years of age)
Brian Harrifeld 21:02 (top male 51 and over)
Kevin Maas 24:11
Mark Manning 27:36
John Lyne 29:33
Sandi Baehr 30:32 (top female 51 and over)
Karen Lyne 31:29
Barb Kuzma 32:55
Kit Landkamer 39:14

One Mile Run
Sloane Holtmeier 7:13 (top female 14 and under)
Matt Scholz 9:14 (top male 15 to 30)

Walk Participants: Zoe Kraus (participation ribbon for 12 and younger); Grace Kraus, Shane Kraus, Michelle Holliday, Diane Kraus, Leanne Manning, Macduff Okuom, Charlene Brown, Joyce Howlett, and Steve Kraus.

1 Mile Run Winners

Sloane Holtmeier and Matt Scholz were the winners of the one mile
run of the The River Run.

 

5K Winners

Winners from the 5 K Race of The River Run were: Brian Harrifeld,
Sandi Baehr, Jessie Meinke, Kohlton Gabehart, Emily Manning,
and Samantha Vaverka.

 

The Leader

Kohlton Gabehart in the lead of the 5 K race at the 1 K marker following
Charlene Skillett who lead the races on her 4 wheeler with Matt Scholz
letting the runners know their times as they passed by.

 

Walkers

Those who participated in the one mile walk emerge from the woods
near the finish line of The River Run.



 

Grant Announced For Tuxedo Park Community Trail Project
Over the past few months the Crete Youth in Governance Team, under the leadership of Leanne Manning, UNL Extension Educator Saline County, has started to work on plans for the Tuxedo Park Community Trail. The team has already formed a comprehensive plan for the completion of the Trail with the assistance of Mary Hanson, Outdoor recreation Planner, National Park Service, and discussed matters with members of the city council. The premier obstacle of this project's success is a lack of funding. The Youth in Governance Team along with Mr. Tom Ourada, The Director of Public Works, have applied for several grants hoping for some assistance in achieving their goal. The team was privileged to be selected for a Development Grant sponsored by the Nebraska Recreation and Park Association in the sum of $1,000. Although there were many other admirable projects the Tuxedo Park Community Trail was deemed admirable enough to receive this grant. With this money, the Crete Youth in Governance Team and the City of Crete will be able to take the first step to complete the trail.

 

  

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Members of the Crete Youth in Governance Team lend a helping hand to the City of Crete to install a foot bridge to cross a drainage ditch in Tuxedo Park as a part of the Tuxedo Park Community Trail Project. Partial funding was provided through grants received from the Nebraska Recreation and Park Association and Norris Public Power. Crete Youth In Governance members who worked on the bridge construction were: Emily Manning, Leanne Manning, UNL Extension Educator; Eric Stehlik, 4-H Program Associate; and Pam, Caleb, & Matt Scholz.