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Posted on Sun, Apr 15, 2012 : 1:35 p.m.

Runners endure downpour to complete Big House Big Heart

By Chris Asadian

A change in season wasn't expected to impact the turnout for the Big House Big Heart run, which features 10-kilometer, 5-kilometer and 1-mile courses that end at the 50-yard line at Michigan Stadium.

Steady rain in Ann Arbor Sunday morning may have kept a few people away, however.

The 10K race started in a downpour at 8 a.m. and heavy rain continued until just prior to the start of the 5K at 9:10 a.m.

The wet conditions didn’t impact the races' winning times, however.

Todd Snyder, 34, of Whitmore Lake, won the 10K race in 30 minutes, 48.6 seconds. That’s just 10 seconds off the pace of last year’s winner, Brandon Bethke of Ann Arbor.

Sherrie Teeple, 39, of Grand Blanc, was the first female finisher in the 10K, crossing the finish line in 38:55. That’s nearly one minute faster than last year’s top woman.

Dean Huffer, 27, of Ann Arbor, won the 5K in 15:44. Kristina Olsen, 23, of Jackson was the top female finisher in 18:38.3.


Top 10 men
1. Todd Snyder (Whitmore Lake), 30:48.6
2. Charlie Mouch (Ann Arbor), 32:51.9
3. Andrew Eheart (Champaign, Ill.), 33:32.9
4. Cooper Knowlton (Denver, Colo.), 34:05.6
5. Joseph Sedlak (Ann Arbor) 34:11.3
6. Cory Steuben, 34:17.6
7. Matthew Kulka (Traverse City), 34:24.8
8. Stephen McKenna (Ann Arbor), 35:58.4
9. James Teeple (Grand Blanc), 36:23.9
10. Kevin Walton (Hillsdale), 37:05.7

Top 10 women
1. Sherrie Teeple (Grand Blanc), 38:55
2. Peyton Boughton (Sturgis), 39:22.5
3. Emma Steppe (Ann Arbor), 39:38.7
4. Eileen Brandes (Ann Arbor), 40:08.4
5. Lizzy Duffy (Mundelein, Ill.), 40:17.1
6. Billy Fierros (Ann Arbor), 40:38.6
7. Sonia Kraftson (Ann Arbor), 41:13.0
8. Veronica Alatorre, 41:17
9. Molly Balentine (Ann Arbor), 41:28.7
10. Jessie Benaglio (Livonia), 41:31.1


Top 10 men
1. Dean Huffer (Ann Arbor), 15:44.9
2. Lindsey LaLonde (Ann Arbor), 15:57.0
3. Joshua Perrin (Ann Arbor), 16:14.2
4. Jacob Williams (Ann Arbor), 16:48.6
5. Tyler Belyea (Ann Arbor), 17:23.0
6. John Graham (Tekonsha), 17:41.9
7. Paul Mayer (Ann Arbor), 17:50.0
8. John Guittar (Ann Arbor), 18:12.9
9. Codey Cook (St. Johns), 18:16.9
10. Kevin Raftery, 18:23.3

Top 10 women
1. Kristina Olsen (Jackson), 18:38.3
2. Angie Sullivan (Ann Arbor), 18:45.2
3. Amy Coughlin (Waterford), 20:34
4. Camille Akemann (Ann Arbor), 21:14
5. Sarah Saylor (Niles), 21:26.3
6. Eliza Harris (Mattawan), 21:26.6
7. Yasmine White (Ann Arbor), 21:32
8. Sydney Kreger (Grosse Ile), 21:35.7
9. Carrie Swoish (Rochester Hills), 21:43.0
10. Skyler Gilchrest (Spring Lake), 21:45.1

Complete results can be found on the Running Fit website.


sun runner

Mon, Apr 16, 2012 : 12:26 p.m.

I have participated in the BHBH every year of its existence, so my running of the 10K this year was my sixth trip through the players' tunnel onto the field. It never gets any less exciting to burst out into the Big House and run to the 50 yard line. I love this race!


Mon, Apr 16, 2012 : 12:11 p.m.

Thank you very much to all of the volunteers who endured the wet weather to make the event very sucessful.

tim mammel

Sun, Apr 15, 2012 : 10:57 p.m.

As proud father of an age group winner. I want to thank all the support crews who helped with this race. With the spring game yesterday and watching the run today the Big House was well used.

David Rhoads

Sun, Apr 15, 2012 : 9:08 p.m.

I was really fortunate, by the time the one mile fun run started at 10:30, the sun was trying to come out. It didn't suceed, but several thousand people came out to support their favorite charity. This was the first time for me and the thrill of running down the tunnel and crossing the 50 yard line, with enough energy left to jump up and high five the banner, was an experience which I shall remember for a long time. My thanks to all those who worked so hard to put this event on.


Sun, Apr 15, 2012 : 6:27 p.m.

Go High Point Hero's you the best team!!!


Sun, Apr 15, 2012 : 6:21 p.m.

The 10k was more a swimfest than a run. But well-organized - kudos to everyone who made this happen.