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Riverton, Lander racers split top prizes at Brain Drain
David Toppenberg, left, talked Thursday night with Darci Nation night after they won the annual Brain Drain Race in Lander. Photo by Bruce Tippets

Riverton, Lander racers split top prizes at annual Lander Brain Drain race

Aug 19, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

A Lander woman and a Riverton man produced the fastest times Thursday night at the annual Brain Drain Race in Lander.

Darci Nation crossed the finish line first in the women's 5k race in 23:20. David Toppenberg placed in the top spot in the men's 5k in 21:12.

Nation lives in Lander, and Toppenberg is from Riverton.

The race course started and finished at the Wyoming Life Resource Center.

Cale Case won the top trophy in the men's 10k run in 56:27. Tiffany Hartpence was first in the women's at 47:56.

"I think the race went well," race organizer Mike Aurand said. "We received many compliments and only one concern regarding the course. The numbers were about average from last year."

The race also included a 5k walk and a bike ride for young children.

"The course was mostly flat with the exception of a hill on the 10k course," Aurand said. "The 10k course included an extra 3-mile loop up into the hills behind the Life Resource center."

5k winners

"I did pretty well considering the course. It was pretty hot outside," Nation said. "The top part of the course was pretty easy. The last part, you go down that long stretch of the hill. On the way backup, it's uphill all the way."

Nation did the Brain Rain because she is an avid runner.

"I hit as many races locally as I can," Nation said. "I run pretty much every day. Right now, I'm sticking with 5ks. I just love running. It's a good, active thing to do. It's an individual type of sport, so you can push yourself as much as you want."

Nation is coming off an injury, so she isn't running longer races.

Nation did the July 4 5k run in Lander and competed in the Go Fremont County sprint triathlon 5k run last month in Riverton.

"I try to hit whatever is local," Nation said. "It's great that Riverton and Lander have so many things available for people to go out and get active."

Jaden Ferris was second Thursday in the women's 5k in 26:30. Shakira Stewart ended up third (29:07).

Toppenberg used the Brain Drain as a workout race to prepare for the Lander Sprint Triathlon.

The triathlon was held on Saturday morning.

"I was happy with that time in the 5k," Toppenberg said. "I have not done a 5k here for awhile. I typically do the 10k. The 5k was still hard. I ran hard. I was happy with the time. I train for longer distances. I haven't trained for sprints. I have done better, but it has been a few years."

Toppenberg thought Nation handled herself very well.

"She wasn't very far behind me, that is for sure," Toppenberg said.

Results from the Brain Drain Race on Thursday

10k run

Men -- Cale Case, 56:27.

Women -- Tiffany Hartpence, 47:56; Amber Wilson, 50:50.

5k run

Men -- David Toppenberg, 21:12; Fred Groenke, 29:08.

Women -- Darci Nation, 23:20; Jaden Ferris, 26:30; Shakira Stewart, 29:07; Cindy Donahue, 30:35; Anedra Selley, 33:08; Kortni Heckart, 33:11; Mara Mills, 34:53; Ashley Haraty, 38:55.

5k walk

Women -- Angie Egglie, 49:03; Becca Egglie, 49:03; Rita Farukie, 49:14; Patricia Platt, 50:13; Cindy Larson, 50:14; Lara Mills, 50:49; Jennifer Amend, 50:49; Laredo Zerga, 51:20; Heidi Freeman, 51:47, Nicky Hulme, 51:48; Lisa Campbell, 53:10; Jacque Campbell, 53:11.

Kids bike

Boys -- Mason Cronk, Ross Anderson, Nathan Mills.

Girls -- Emily Anderson, Katy Anderson.

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