of America Marathon
PATRICK HANSON, BECKY LOWRANCE and WILLIAM TAN ARE WINNERS IN THE
46th ANNUAL HEART OF AMERICA MARATHON September 5, 2005
2005's HOA will be remembered as the time Dr. WILLIAM TAN, from
a small town in Singapore, conquered the hills of the HOA course
in a wheelchair in a scintillating time of 2:41:12, beating all
the runners, save one, that one being PATRICK HANSON, in his
first HOA, who came across with a time of 2:39:33. 48-year-old
BECKY LOWRANCE, Branson, MO, in her second HOA, led the female
contingent, running some four minutes faster than a year ago
when she had cooler weather and no sun.
William Tan is a medical doctor and a PHD. He is paralyzed from
the waist down because of a bout with polio at age 2. He had
asked me a couple of months ago if he could enter HOA as a
wheelchair participant. I told him "no" because of the difficulty
of the course. He did not accept that "no" and gave me a partial
list of his credentials, viz.,: 10 marathons on 7 continents in
70 days in a Guinness World record attempt; pushing his wheel-
chair the whole length of New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore to
Thailand, Boston to New York to Washington DC; a BIG push up
Genting Highlands (Malaysia) which is 2200 meters above sea level;
the first person to do the Antarctica Marathon in a wheelchair
(Feb. 26, 2005); the Fin Del Mundo Marathon, March 6, 2005 in
Ushuaia, Argentina the most southern tip of South America,
wheeling on rocky, gravel, unpaved grounds for 18 km of the route
in a National Park. With those credentials and his "can do" atti-
tude the "no" was changed to a "yes." HOA was Dr. Tan's third
marathon in three days--he did the Pocatello, Idaho Marathon
on Saturday, the New Mexico Marathon on Sunday, then HOA on
Monday. He was going after the Guinness record of 8:30 for three
wheelchair marathons in three days. His cumulative time after
HOA was 7:13:45, so he should get that record. Thanks to Fred
Schmidt, Cammy Ronchetto and Sarah Ashman for accompanying him
on bicycles, providing protection from the traffic, and to Linda
LaFontaine for transporting him from Columbia Regional Airport
to Campus Inn and back. She didn't really want him wheeling
his way up and down Highway 63.
PATRICK HANSON and MATT DREIER, Tryathletic employees, were using
HOA as training runs in preparation for Twin Cities next month.
Their intent was to do 20 miles or so, but they both were running
so well they came on into the finish giving Tryathletics two of
the top five finishes. Both Hanson and Dreier did the second
half a minute or so faster than the first. WILL HARLAN, with
a 2:36 in Chicago last fall, was the pre-race favorite until
Hanson signed up at 5:30 am race-day. Hanson was the youngest
winner since Tony Rodiez in 1976.
BECKY LOWRANCE finished second last year, at age 47, but a year
later she improves by 4:21 to not only set an age 48 record, but
a record for all females age 40 or over. Becky's time was also
a Missouri State resident's single age record. Her official time
is 3:20:17, rounding up her Chronomix time. YUKIKO NISHIDE got
the age 43 HOA record and the third best ever for 40+ with Low-
rance having the best two. DIANA BIBEAU got the age 45 record.
The only record set by a male was the age 70 mark of 4:23:27
turned in by LINCOLN BRUCE KATTER. Lou Joline still has the 70+
record of 4:10:30 set last year.
SHANNA TRENDLEY not only finished third female, but she also won
the Dave Schulte Award for Improved Performance by finishing
45:27 faster than her time of 2004, a 17.49% improvement.
ANNE MARIE JACKSON is the granddaughter of Murrel Jackson, a
charter member of CTC, who ran HOA in 1968 and '69. Murrel and
Ruby Jackson, for many years, were in charge of the Pierpont
Aid Station. SCOTT BROWN is a grandson-in-law of the Jacksons.
Following HOA he reported for duty in Iraq.
THE WEATHER: Typical Labor Day: Clear skies, sunshine, low 60s
at the start, reaching 80 by 11:00, moderate winds, with fairly
VOLUNTEERS: Again, great support from a host of volunteers.
Special kudos to Josh Johnson and his crew of Hickman HS cross-
country runners (and friends) who took care of all the Aid
Stations. The timers: Lisa Wells, Linda LaFontaine, Whitney &
Marge Hicks, David Lang, Richard & Kristen Harris, Don Waltman,
Richard & Leona Nistendirk. The Finish: Ben Londeree, Dick
Hessler, Karen Gordon, Nancy Lohmar (at Campus Inn check-in)
Chelsea Gordon, Jennifer Thoma, Peggy Horner, Tom Allen, Krista
White Leslie Schneider, Jana Heitmeyer, Jim Crosby. Finish Line
Aid Station: Dick & Anne Hessler, Amy Gundy. Iceman: Brian Evans.
Course Monitors: Bill Sappington, Kevin Conn, Bob Humphreys,
Oscar Chavez & family, Linda LaFontaine, Lisa Stevens, Dave
Gibbons, Drew Irvin, Jim Linville, Randy Gay, Richard Boggs.
Medical support: Dr. Jill Murphey, Mike Bryant, Norm Stebbins,
Tom Lafontaine. Newell Kitchen was responsible for the cold
water tank at the finish and thanks to the Columbia Fire Depart-
ment for filling the tank. Thanks to JOE MACHENS FORD for the
loan of a pick-up truck, a service they have provided now for
30 years. To CULLIGAN for 15 bottles of water and to PEPSI-COLA
for 2,000 cups.
The Website: Kurt Kennett. 2000 cups donated by Pepsi-Cola.
Boone Co. Fire Protection District Personnel were on the course.
WITHOUT THE VOLUNTEERS WE WOULD HAVE NO MARATHON. THANKS TO ALL!