The second annual 5Knobel racers pushed off from Lamson Lodge last Wednesday (April 30) and runners and walkers wound their way around campus—thankfully for most, bypassing the main drag, which pushed them to their limits early on in last year’s inaugural race.
“I designed the course this year, so if you don’t like it, too bad,” joked Denison Sustainability Coordinator Jeremy King ’97 at the starting line. “I tried to keep the hills to a minimum, but this is Denison.”
The idea behind the 5Knobel is to honor individuals and also organizations that benefit both campus and community. This year’s race —hills and all—benefitted the International Student Scholarship Fund in memory of Ted Barclay, former Denison coach and administrator, who died on Jan. 31; the Oligo Research Fund, in honor of senior Spencer Green, who is battling oligodendroglioma, a rare type of brain tumor; and the Allison Knobel Sitton Endowed Scholarship Fund, established in honor of Allison Knobel Sitton, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2011. She was the daughter of former Denison President Dale Knobel and his wife Tina.
The top male finishers, Carlos Maciel ’14 and Drew Sorenson ’14, crossed the finish line together with a time of 21:06, proving that Maciel, a star swimmer for the Big Red and a recent President’s Medalist, can compete just about anywhere. The next gent to cross the line was Granville local Jose Manuel Caibano with a time of 21:37.
The female finishers weren’t far behind. Meg Chiumento ’16 came in just minutes later at 21:43; local Whitney Moss arrived at 28:03; and Ted Barclay’s 16-year-old granddaughter, Taylor Barclay, represented her beloved grandfather well, with a third place finish and a 28:08 finish time. No doubt the former Big Red coach would have been proud.