Newcomer, two-timer win Kraut Route 5K titles
August 17, 2012 · Jake Krob
An accomplished high school and college runner and a relative newcomer to the sport were the champs at Saturday morning's Sauerkraut Days Kraut Route 5K run/walk in Lisbon.
Sam Read of Marion was the overall title winner for the second year in a row. He finished the course at City Park in 16:03, well ahead of the field of 234. (The runner-up, Dain Gerber, finished in 17:01.) The first female to finish was Emily Perreault, a Mount Vernon resident who just started running 3 1/2 years ago. She completed the course in 19:16. The race was sponsored by Nolz Chiropractic.
Perreault, 27, was the story of the race.
A native of northern Minnesota, she and her husband, Kris, decided to move to New Mexico. Seeking better schools for their children, now 7 and 4, they then decided to move to Eastern Iowa (Kris had lived here for a couple of years in the past).
They stumbled on Mount Vernon.
"We just love it here," Perreault said.
She has a similar story for running.
About 3 1/2 years ago, she said she woke up one morning and told Kris she planned to run a marathon. She wasn't a runner until then, and accomplished the feat with her first-ever competitive race - a marathon in Ames.
Because it was such a beautiful morning this past Saturday, she and Kris decided to take to the course in Lisbon. The Kraut Route marked the first race Perreault has ever won.
She's certainly been bit by the running bug. Perreault is a recent graduate of Kirkwood Community College. She works at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, and is now in the nursing program at the University of Iowa. Although several years out of high school, she has college eligibility, and said she'd love to run as a Hawkeye.
The overall winner, Read is an accomplished athlete. A three-time state cross country qualifier at Linn-Mar, Read, 20, is starting his junior year at Wartburg College, competing in cross country and track.
Last year was his first Kraut Route 5K. He won the title, and race organizers Sue Nelson and Elizabeth Olsem asked him back this year.
The Saturday event was just his second race this summer.
"I love the small-town atmosphere," he said.
He led the entire way.
Read said it's good training as the college season nears.
"I want to help bring the team to nationals - and to win conference as a team and individual," he said.
As the winner Saturday, he won $100 - but can't accept it due to his participation in college. He asked race organizers to donate it to his church - Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Marion.
Saturday's race drew lots of folks like Read and Perreault - some with lots of experience, and some with little.
One of the most interesting for spectators was John Dobrowolski, from northern Canada. He was in Eastern Iowa visiting his wife's family in Iowa City.
Dobrowolski is a speed skater and triathlete who signed up for Lisbon's race. However, torn meniscus in both knees and an injured tendon in one leg has him walking carefully. So he completed the entire course on crutches.
"I signed up and got a shirt, so I better do it," Dobrowolski said. "It would have been a real fun course to run." He finished in 54:25.