First-timers win 5-mile Crystal Run the Lake

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 11:12 am on Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Blake Bitner of Greenville was the first male to cross the finish line at Crystal Run the Lake with a time of 27:49. — Daily News/Chip Burch


CRYSTAL TOWNSHIP – The 17th Crystal Run the Lake running race was a lot cooler than last year’s race.

High humidity was nowhere to be found and it helped bring out a lot of runners to the event, which helped get over 80 runners registered on Saturday, Aug. 3, noted Crystal Chamber of Commerce President Janet Shy. She said the route has also changed.

“We used to run up Main Street but there were traffic issues so we re-routed it so that both runs actually run along the lake so that they (runners) get a better view of the lake as they run,” she said.

The event has “fluctuated,” according to Shy.

“We had not so many pre-register because a couple of years ago it was so hot,” she said. “I think a lot of people wait to the last minute.”

The first male across the finish line in the race was Blake Bitner, a Greenville graduate who is  a junior at Aquinas College. Bitner, who ran the five-mile course in 27:49, is running cross country at Aquinas.

“This is the first time I’ve run it in about five years,” Bitner said. “I come back for a nice, quite hometown race and trying to get a nice workout in. It was a nice weekend.”


Dominique Adams of Breckenridge was the first female to cross the finish line at Crystal Run the Lake with a time of 32:15. — Daily News/Chip Burch


The first woman across the finish line was Dominique Adams, who is a 16-year-old senior at Breckenridge. It was her first time running around the lake.

“It’s a pretty nice course,” she said. “A little challenging at some points but it’s pretty good.”

Adams decided to run in Crystal because of a referral she got.

“Someone mentioned it to me last week and I was like, ‘I haven’t ran a single race this summer that was competitive so I decided to come up here.”

Adams said she was using the race to get ready for her senior cross country season at Breckenridge.

“This was my first time running five miles,” she said. “I think I’ve been running fast but not as fast as race pace.”

Adams ran the course in 32:15.

Winning the three-mile race in their respective genders were Derek Dexter and Monica Vos. Hometowns for each were not available.

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