Lake Norman Half Marathon Wildman & 5K race Update
Post race update
Lake Norman Half Marathon Wildman & 5K was held in Mooresville on April 1, 2023 - on one of the most intense morning we’ve seen in 20+ years of hosting races! There was a MASSIVE storm front moving in and wind from left over tornadoes in states south of us.
The team was AWESOME! When we arrived at 5:30am it was pitch black, the wind was howling, the course signage from the day before had been blown away but the silver lining was the rain had not come yet. Which meant the arrows painted in chalk were still there.
As race staff our number one focus is athlete safety - we had one eye on the Weather.com app watching the radar, another eye on our equipment flying off in the wind and another eye on answering athletes questions! We finally made the decision to abandon any equipment the wind could steal and instead focus on making sure the runners could follow the course.
By the far the most important weather condition we were looking to avoid was lightning. Luckily we didn't get any.
Finally at 7:45am the half marathoners took off in dry but super windy conditions and we moved the 5K start to 7:50am (from 8am).
The race was on - finally!
And we were very curious what the athletes would think of the course. To say it was BRUTAL is an understatement. The Half Marathon course was 2 loops with each loop giving the runners a generous 486 feet of climbing per lap. Which translates to almost 1,000 feet of climbing for the Half Marathon.
Definitely a strong persons course.
We are so impressed by all the athletes who braved those conditions to come out and race the first edition of the Lake Norman Half Marathon Wildman & 5K.
The 5K Mens Overall champions were:
- #343 - Eric Scheldberg from Mooresville, NC who did a 25:25 with a pace of 8:20
- #352 - Dr. John Woodward from Mooresville, NC who did a 28:51 with a pace of 9:17
- #306 - Pete Carpentier from Mooresville, NC who did a 28:51 with a pace of 9:17
The 5K Females Overall champions were:
- #325 - Karen Keeley from Catawba, NC who did a 28:44 with a pace of 9:14
- #200 - Christy Berg from York, SC who did a 31:47 with a pace of 10:13
- #346 - Jennifer Summers from Olin, NC who did a 32:35 with a pace of 10:29
The Half Marathon Mens Overall champions were:
- #326 - Jordan Krouse from Manlius, NY who did a 1:39:01 with a pace of 7:33
- #329 - David Mendez from Mount Holly, NC who did a 1:50:14 with a pace of 8:25
- #331 - JT Moore from Lutherville Timonium, MD who did a 1:50:40 with a pace of 8:27
The Half Marathon Females Overall champions were:
- #355 - Allyson Bodamer from Winston-Salem, NC who did a 1:50:24 with a pace of 8:26
- #349 - Annie Veno from Boone, NC who did a 1:53:47 with a pace of 8:41
- #313 - Heidi Graham from Concord, NC who did a 1:59:06 with a pace of 9:05
You can click here for the full results.
5K Overall Champion 1st Eric Scheldberg shares some thoughts.
5K Overall men’s 2nd John Woodward and 3rd Pete Carpentier share some thoughts.
5K Overall female champion Karen Keeley shares some thoughts.
5K Overall female 3rd Jennifer Summers shares some thoughts.
Half Marathon Overall Champion Jordan Krause and Overall 3rd JT Moore share some thoughts.
Half Marathon Overall 2nd David Mendez shares some thoughts.
Half Marathon Female Overall 1st Allyson Bodamer and 3rd Heidi Graham share some thoughts.
Half Marathon Female Overall 2nd Annie Veno shares some thoughts.
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See you next year at the2nd Annual Lake Norman Half Marathon Wildman & 5K is March 23, 2024