CRYSTAL — The 16th edition of the Crystal Run The Lake was muggy despite starting in the morning on Saturday.
That may have had an effect on the turnout, as just fewer than 90 runners took to either the five-mile or three-mile course.
That number was down from last year, noted Crystal Area Chamber of Commerce President Janet Shy.
“It has grown over the last four or five years,” she said.
The Run The Lake is the annual fundraiser for the Crystal Chamber, according to Shy.
“The money is used to fund the Crystal Chamber of Commerce events,” she said.
Shy said the attraction for runners is going around Crystal Lake.
“The big key is they (runners) can run around the lake so they can see nature as they run.”
That was one of the things that brought Grant Woodman from Ithaca to run it. He was the first man to cross the finish line in the five-mile race at a time of 30:05.
“The running of the lake,” he said, noting he grew up near the lake in Crystal.
The humidity affected Woodman despite having a two-minute lead on his closest competitor, Michael Simon of Mount Pleasant.
“Most often the humidity doesn’t affect the race,” the 38-year-old said. “I was trying to conserve through the first half.”
Woodman also won the three-mile race in 18:03.9.
This was Woodman’s 10th time running the event.
The first woman across the finish line was Emily Morlock of Ionia. Her time was 34:51.
“I like it (the race) because it’s a down-home feel and everyone is nice here,” she said.
The 19-year-old Morlock said her race time was a new personal record for her. This was her fourth race.
Second overall in the women was Tessa Wiles of Carson City, who posted a 40:09 time.
The fastest female in the three-mile race was Jessica Shank, who didn’t list her hometown. She ran the course in 23:06.1.