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Corn Fest

Step by step

Julia Pucel, 61, of Shorewood, took part in the Couch-to-5K running program, a nine-week training regimen that works participants up to running three miles.
Julia Pucel, 61, of Shorewood, took part in the Couch-to-5K running program, a nine-week training regimen that works participants up to running three miles.

Julia Pucel, 61, of Shorewood, finished the Corn Fest 5K Fun Run & Wellness Walk at 38:48.5, the fastest time for the 60 to 64 female age group. 

Pucel was able to run most of the course, but said she walked for a little bit.

"I'm doing the Couch-to-5K training," Pucel said.

The Couch-to-5K running program is a nine-week training regimen in which participants slowly work their way up to running 3 miles, or a 5K. The point is to "transform you from a couch potato to runner," according to the Cool Running website, www.coolrunning.com.

The Corn Fest 5K, presented by Morris Hospital on Saturday, Oct. 1, fell in week 7 of Pucel's training. During that week, she should have been able to jog for 2.5 miles or 25 minutes.

Robb Colognesi, 34, of New Lenox, finished first out of about 530 runners and walkers at 18:39.4.

Chad Kovash, 38, of Marseilles, came in second place at 18:40.5. Third place went to Joshua Johnson, 32, of Minooka, with a time of 19:01.8.

The first runner from Morris to cross the finish line at White Oak Elementary was Sean Manley, 32, with a time of 19:14.7.

Manhattan resident Nicole Fritz, 28, was the lead female at 21:06.4.

"I felt like I wanted to throw up at the end of it," Pucel said.

For a complete list of results, visit www.morrishospital.org and click on the "Race Results" link on the left-hand side of the page.

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