Cold would not even describe the weather for the first annual Kansas City Operation Jack Half Marathon in the Snow on December 29, 2012. The race started under partially cloudy skies around 19 degrees with a few snow flurries flying around. Those weather conditions and a few snow and ice packed spots on the trail didn't stop around 40 runners from coming out to enjoy a chilly 13.1 miles.
The motivation was to raise funds for the Operation Jack organization that supports the Autism Society. This run marked the third year of the Operation Jack marathon held in California. Traditionally this run in Kansas City had been a satellite run with participants running on their own and raising funds, but this year organizers put together a half marathon course and put together a coordinated event.
Runners descended upon Shawnee Mission Park in the suburbs of Kansas City to run the 13.1 miles mainly on paved trails. The route was challenging and at times snow packed, but all runners made it to the finish line none the worse for wear.
Below are the top 10 finishers for the half marathon.
Robert O’Connor - 1:32:32
Joshua Hyatt - 1:40:45
Brock Roehler - 1:45:04
Lee Stauffer - 1:53:56
Tim Elliott - 1:54:06
Ryan Kemp - 1:54:27
Ryan Falkenrath - 1:55:04
Charlie Morasch - 1:55:33
Charles Hoogner - 1:58:03
Brian Sparks - 1:59:08
Click HERE for a complete list of results and pictures.
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