Area residents prepare for Lincoln Half-Marathon

Many area residents will be participating in the 32nd annual Lincoln National Guard Marathon and Half-Marathon event on Sunday, May 3.

The marathon is limited to 6,500 entrants and sold out last week. Boone County and the surrounding area have 21 registrants. Cash awards will be given to the top 10 marathon and half-marathon runners, although many people participate on a non-competitive basis.

All Boone County registrants will be walking and/or running the half-marathon, which is 13.1 miles. They will begin at 7 a.m. Sunday morning and finish up at approximately noon.

“It is great to see such a large group participating from our area,” said Dr. Anthony Kusek of Albion.

Dr. Kusek has been running in the Lincoln Marathon since 1981. His training is year-around and he increases his distance to prepare for the marathon. His son, Bill, will also be participating with him.

This year marks the first year for many area residents, including Kim Woebbecke of Albion. She decided that it would be a great exercise opportunity. Traci Cornwell is also participating for the first time, this year.

Diane Klassen marks her fifth year participating in the half-marathon.

Following is a list of other area residents who are signed up to participate in the event, according to the event website:

Albion: Stephanie Beckwith, Keri Brugger, Traci Cornwell, Colleen Krasser, Anthony Kusek, William Kusek, Deb Kyncl, Sandra Sorell, Sue Sydow and Kim Woebbecke.

St. Edward: Katie Whidden, Jim Carter, Diane Klassen and Britany Seda.

Lindsay: Bruce Masteller, Coni Masteller and China Wiese.

Cedar Rapids: Renita Karmann.

Newman Grove: Bradley Cox.

Petersburg: Sue Stevenson.

Elgin: Nicole Levander.