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Peninsula Clarion - Olympics, Here She Comes: Wrong Turn Lets Baldwin Break Personal Record by 12 Minutes

By Matthew Carroll

Kim Baldwin belongs in Beijing right now.

"I'm ready for the Olympics," the Anchorage resident joked following what appeared to be a first-place finish in the five-kilometer portion of Saturday's 21st Annual Kenai Peninsula Run for Women.

Her estimated time of finish, roughly 16 minutes after she departed the starting chute on Main Street Loop in Kenai, broke her personal best by nearly 12 minutes.

"My PR is about maybe 28, maybe 27," she said. "So, yeah that could be my PR. That could be a world record."

A wrong turn, however, trimmed her course to about three kilometers, disqualifying her from the event.

"(Volunteers) asked me if ... I was in a 5K and I said yes, so they kind of told me to turn that way," she said. "I was the only one that did turn.

"According to my time, it's probably the wrong turn. I have about 15 minutes to go," Baldwin added with a laugh before learning of her disqualification. "It doesn't matter. It was just fun to be out here. I've never been a fast runner anyway."

The actual victor of the five-kilometer run, after believing she crossed second, was Kenai Central High School senior Molly Watkins, who finished in 19:27.70, successfully defending her crown after capturing last summer's run in 18:28.10.

Laura Carpenter came in second at 19:40.90 and Denali Foldager followed her in third with a time of 20:21.60.

"Today felt really great," Watkins said. "I wasn't dead until like the very, very, very end. It was really good. I'm not supertired. Last year I was like passed out on the side. It's better."

Debbie Cropper, another resident of Anchorage and Baldwin's friend, the tandem running together in the city, knows where her pal is coming from.

Finishing second this year to 10-kilometer champion Larrell Lockard, another Anchorage resident who finished in 39:32.60, Cropper has won this race twice, including last summer, but went off the course three years ago in running what she estimated to be an extra mile.

"She took a wrong turn and they told her to," Cropper said of Baldwin. "But volunteers are awesome. We appreciate them. It's the cause is the main thing.

"The bottom line that everybody always says is it's the runners responsibility to know the course," she added. "But we do need the volunteers. We do need them."

On this day, participants also required the services of Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens, the 84-year-old Republican who's held a seat in Congress for nearly 40 years.

On Saturday, he was the honorary starter for the race which raises money for the LeeShore Center, a 32-bed shelter located on Spruce Street for women and children who may be victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. The center also consists of a 25-bed transitional housing facility on Gill Street.

"I think it's a wonderful thing to do because this is one of the worst problems we have here is abuse of women. Particularly in rural Alaska it's a terrible, terrible statistic -- so many times the national average. We do a lot of work to try to help meet this problem," said Stevens, adding he has three daughters and seven granddaughters. "The day's gone by that women were very rare in Alaska and they were treated a lot differently. Now we're in a situation where sex is roughly equal. Our women are abused more than any women in the country. I think it's very bad."

Cheri Smith, executive director of the LeeShore Center, said the center hosted close to 170 women and children during the last fiscal year, a 16 percent increase over the prior 12-month period.

Having Stevens in attendance, she said, helps increase awareness.

"I think it's really important," Smith said. "It sends a good message that people in the political realm do care."

In her fifth attempt at the 10-kilometer course, finishing second and third twice, Lockard finally broke through after training in Orlando, Fla., throughout the winter.

"I wanted to come down and win it," she said. "That was one of my goals."

Cropper, who as of last year had crossed off 17 states in her quest to run a marathon in all 50, finished the 26.2-mile trek in Georgia, Arkansas, Kansas, Idaho, Colorado and Montana since last summer in bringing her total to 23 before heading to North Dakota in November.

"The girl who won today has really picked up her 10K," said Cropper, who finished in 41:53.10, ahead of third-place finisher Eve Phillips (47:00.40). "I'm a distance runner and these are a little more challenging for me.

"And I'm about 16 years older than she is," she added with a laugh. "So, not bad for being older."

In the end, though, everything worked its way back to the LeeShore Center and the reason for the race in the first place.

"There's been a lot going on in people's lives and I'm thankful I can run," she said. "That's the bottom line is if you win, you put your award on the shelf, but it's about this, it's about people being here. That's the main thing.

"Winning is an honor and a blessing because you're working hard and it's paying off, but that's a temporary thrill."

21st Annual Kenai Peninsula Run for Women

Saturday in Kenai

5-kilometer results

14 and under -- 1. Allie Ostrander, 20 minutes, 25 seconds; 2. Taylor Ostrander, 22:38; 3. Morgan Wensley, 26:13; 4. Olivia Tice, 33:52; 5. Makinna Halverson, 33:53; 6. Aliann Griffin-Schmidt, 33:55; 7. Danica Griffin-Schmidt, 35:24; 8. Kathryn Knackstedt, 36:40; 9. Amy English, 40:22; 10. Noelle Strait, 42:26; 11. Megan English, 46:22; 12. Sarah Andrus, 47:06; 13. Angeline Starrs, 48:16; 14. Gloria Botello, 49:00; 15. Alyssa Davis, 59:31; 16. Sydney Tyler, 1:03:10.

15 to 19 -- 1. Molly Watkins, 19:27; 2. Denali Foldager, 20:21; 3. Rubye Foldager, 20:58; 4. Sarah Walton, 22:30; 5. Dani Rehm, 26:05; 6. Eve Ferguson, 26:33; 7. Lacie Wortham, 29:02; 8. Raquel Young, 29:02; 9. Chelsea Dennis, 31:06; 10. Carolyn Knackstedt, 36:40; 11. Kari Daly, 58:39.

20 to 29 -- 1. Elisabeth Habermann, 20:40; 2. Michelle Taylor, 23:44; 3. Kristy Innes, 23:54; 4. Kendra Moerlein, 24:54; 5. Larissa Cochran, 26:11; 6. Ashley Anderson, 27:15; 7. Angie Cramer, 31:16; 8. Michelle Carpenter, 34:21; 9. LaDonna Chatham, 34:42; 10. Kimberlee Caldwell, 36:32; 11. Amber Every, 37:02; 12. Kara VanKooten, 47:18; 13. Zori Habermann, 47:30; 14. Rainy Reilly, 50:18; 15. Gizem Standefer, 58:01; 16. Emily McBride, 1:07:10.

30 to 39 -- 1. Laura Carpenter, 19:40; 2. Deb Russ, 22:54; 3. Julie Roberts, 25:43; 4. Jennifer Ticknor, 27:09; 5. Cheryl Billo, 28:33; 6. Karin Bryson, 29:45; 7. Christine Navarro, 30:57; 8. Rosanne McGough, 31:46; 9. Heather Wiebel, 32:43; 10. Rebekah Pollard, 32:59; 11. Dana Hunter, 33:33; 12. Mary Milliman, 33:52; 13. Cathy Rock, 33:52; 14. Margaret Griffin-Schmidt, 35:24; 15. Lisa Ferguson, 35:41; 16. Elie Woodvine, 36:33; 17. Jennifer VanMuisen, 37:59; 18. Janell Grenier, 39:42; 19. Heather Floyd, 39:42; 20. Leona Strait, 42:27; 21. Jackie Mouser, 43:03; 22. Jennifer Henderson, 49:51; 23. Kristin Mitchell, 49:52; 24. Kenna Bates, 50:41; 25. Kelly Conaway, 51:45; 26. Milissa Linton, 1:01:51.

40 to 49 -- 1. Teresa Ostrander, 22:07; 2. Carolyn Roush, 24:41; 3. Tammy Strausbaugh, 29:23; 4. Lisa Atchley, 31:06; 5. Helen Hsieh, 33:55; 6. Margaret Gilman, 34:22; 7. Kelly Dennis, 36:48; 8. Kelly English, 40:21; 9. Lisa Turner, 42:28; 10. Nancy Wiles, 45:57; 11. Kelly Williams, 47:11; 12. Sylvia Andrus, 47:12; 13. Annalise Adams, 52:47; 14. Misty McCown, 1:01:53; 15. Marcia Beauchamp, 1:03:10; 16. Lane Beauchamp, 1:03:13.

50 to 59 -- 1. Patti Foldager, 22:03; 2. Pat Walton, 28:56; 3. Kim Lofstedt, 34:55; 4. Debbie Allen, 35:55; 5. Cindy Rehm, 37:27; 6. Elizabeth Chatham, 38:35; 7. Laura Henkelman, 45:57; 8. Jan VanKooten, 47:19; 9. MaryStarrs Armstrong, 48:17; 10. Christina Batmaring, 50:42; 11. PJ Grant, 59:32; 12. Marie English, 1:00:36; 13. Barb Beeman, 1:00:37; 14. Jane Clay, 1:03:07; 15. Jean Dixon, 1:03:08; 16. Terri Daly, 1:07:08; 17. Karen Sadnett-Theuer, 1:53:11; 18. Vanessa Salinas, 1:53:16.

60 to 69 -- 1. Eileen Bryson, 29:44; 2. Kathy Bush, 35:37; 3. Susan Smalley, 40:38; 4. Debora Fullinck, 49:16; 5. Norma Daniels, 49:50; 6. Edde Rolstad, 50:55; 7. Jane Marshall, 58:00; 8. Paula Standefer, 58:01; 9. Lauren Wakefield, 1:07:56.

70 and above -- 1. Carol Hussey, 43:29; 2. Betty Dean, 45:01; 3. Pat Reilly, 50:21; 4. Alice Schiewek.

10-kilometer results

14 and under -- 1. Shannon Wyatt, 51:30; 2. Brennan Evarts, 1:12:50; 3. Katie Costello, 1:23:47; 4. Lauren Evarts, 1:24:04.

15 to 19 -- 1. Michelle Klaben, 48:03; 2. Annalise Theisen, 51:35; 3. Lindsay Henkelman, 53:40; 4. Melissa Vasilie, 1:16:39.

20 to 29 -- 1. Viorica Thompson, 48:08; 2. Riley Bennett, 49:20; 3. Erica Shinn, 56:38; 4. Eden MacPhail, 57:44; 5. Gina Gregoire, 59:07.

30 to 39 -- 1. Larell Lockard, 39:32; 2. Eve Phillips, 47:00; 3. Jennifer Lancaster-Jackson, 51:47; 4. Carrie Henson, 55:00; 5. Sarah Young, 57:54; 6. Charlotte Coots, 1:00:05; 7. Sandra Moeglein, 1:01:20; 8. 8. Fran Evarts, 1:02:35; 9. Dana McDonald, 1:03:43; 10. Berenice Munyer, 1:12:25; 11. Shelli Lewis, 1:17:24; 12. Jean Marie Merli, 1:28:18; 13. Kaarin Johnson, 1:28:24; 14. Tammi Bond, 1:42:19; 15. Jessi Smith, 1:53:03; 16. Jolene Hoffman, 1:53:13.

40 to 49 -- 1. Debbie Cropper, 41:53; 2. Karla Barkman, 51:37; 3. Bridgette Attleson, 1:03:27; 4. Brenda Bryant, 1:06:30; 5. Krista Chadwick, 1:12:54; 6. Monica English, 1:14:38.

50 to 59 -- 1. Kristine Moerlein, 54:06; 2. Regina Theisen, 56:32; 3. Janice Habermann, 56:54; 4. Carol Carver, 57:36; 5. Susan Pfaffe, 1:01:24; 6. Christine Morin, 1:02:20; 7. Lorali Moore, 1:02:56; 8. Maria Sweppy, 1:04:28; 9. Connie Wheat, 1:04:40; 10. Colleen Carey, 1:36:01; 11. Judith Giarrantana, 1:36:19; 12. Peggy Leonard, 1:36:20; 13. Cindy Vasilie, 1:44:35; 14. Randi Smith, 1:52:57.

60 to 69 -- 1. Nancy Camposano, 1:04:30; 2. Mindee Morning, 1:20:34; 3. Linda Scates, 1:53:18.

70-plus -- 1. Marlis Schmid, 1:35:57.

RW -- 1. Charlotte Johnston, 1:44:35.


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