Adam Condit got an unexpected challenge.
But he was able to meet it in Saturday morning’s Dan Conway 5-mile race of the 36th annual Buckshot Run at Carson Park presented by WIN Technology.
Brent Kann was a late entry and joined Condit out in front of the pack of 235 runners with the outcome decided down the stretch.
“We were even all through the first half, I got a few steps lead up to mile four and we were even again at the top of the hill (entering the park),” Condit said. “I didn’t want to make a move too early but at about the (Chippewa Valley) museum, I got a gap on him and was able to hold it.”
Coming in eighth as the top female was Rebekka Dow, repeating her victory of two years ago with a solid cushion over runner-up Rachel Ottum.
Those were some of the highlights on a day when the 9 a.m. start was delayed 10 minutes due to a thunderburst and lightning. The weather cleared and the two races were held under ideal conditions.
“I was really happy to see all the families come out to support Special Olympics,” Indianhead region director of development Karina Tomei said.
Condit won in 25 minutes, 50 seconds, 11 seconds ahead of Kann.
“It was humid and I didn’t know what kind of shape I was in,” said Condit, owner of the Blue Ox Running Store. “I felt like I was running in the mid-25s.”
Condit and Kann split victories in the Spring Fever 5 and 10K runs in May and both had strong showings in the Eau Claire Marathon, with Condit taking second in the marathon and Kann winning the half.
“I was really glad that Brent was here today,” said the 35-year-old Condit. “That made us go for it.
“I was coming out running hard and feeling good about it — especially for and older guy with three kids.”
Kann, who is training for the Chicago Marathon, said it was a good duel.
Josh Becker, 18-year-old from Osseo, was third and not too far back at 27:40, while Tim Kubetz, from Loveland, Colo., was fourth in 28:23 and Cole Cloutier, Elk Mound, followed in 29:12.
In winning the women’s class, Dow just missed a sub-30 finish with a time of 30:05.
“It’s nice to come away with this time in this weather,” said the 36-year-old Mayo pharmacist. “I went out hard for 22 miles but it was humid so I slowed my pace.”
It was the fourth overall win for the 36-year old Dow, who is no stranger to the race. She won in 2000 and 2001 and came back in 2016 to win again.
“My parents ran it every year and I ran with them when I was old enough to run,” she said. “It was just part of our Labor Day weekend.”
Now she is making it a part of her family’s weekend as daughters Calista, 7, and Hailey, 5, took part.
Ottum was the second woman and had a strong race but finished well back of Dow in 33:39.
They were followed by Nikki Bowe, Chippewa Falls, third in 34:38; Sarah McCall, Eau Claire, 34:40 and Kristin Mikula, Chippewa Falls, 36:32.
Despite the early inclement weather, there were 524 finishers among many other entries.