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Community Sports

Family affair at Windmill Whirl 5K

Runners begin the Windmill Whirl 5K on Saturday as part of the Windmill City Festival in Batavia.
Runners begin the Windmill Whirl 5K on Saturday as part of the Windmill City Festival in Batavia.

BATAVIA – Many of the runners were well-acquainted with their competitors in Saturday’s Windmill Whirl 5K race – not because of previous races, but because many of the race entrants were related.

Several families ran the race together or the children ran in the Youth 1-Mile Run held earlier in the day, while the parents competed in the 5K event as part of the Windmill City Festival.

“Isn’t that so great?” race director Rachel Schmitt said. “I feel that happened because we hosted the youth mile and that gave the opportunity for everyone to come out as a family and enjoy the event.”

Colin Young, a former Naperville resident, took top honors for male runners, completing the 5K course in 17:01.76.

Twelve-year-old Daphne Kolody, who lives in Batavia, came in first among female runners with a time of 20:32.21.

“I did this race a year ago. Last year I got 27 minutes and this year I got 20 minutes,” Kolody said. “I think the swimming and the soccer that I have been doing really helped improve my time.”

Awards were given to the top three overall winners and the top three runners in various age divisions.

Four members of the Kelly family were among the 112 harriers in the 5K race: Paul, his wife, Jessica, and their two sons – Conor, 10, and Liam, 8.

“It was mom’s idea,” Paul said. “She was going to bring them to the race and I weaseled my way in. We run as a hobby.”

Conor was the first member of the Batavia family to cross the finish line, earning him fourth place in the 1-14 male category, clocking in at 25:58.77. Paul finished less than a second ahead of Liam and earned second place in the 35-39 male division with a time of 27:26.44. Although Jessica was last of the family to finish, her time of 27:56.54 earned first place in the 35-39 female category.

The Silbernagels of St. Charles were another family that competed in the races.

“I just watched my niece and nephew [in the Youth 1-mile]. They both did real well,” Matt Silbernagel said as he cheered his brother, Adam, on during the 5K race. “Kevin got second overall and Brooke was fourth in her age group [7-9 females]."

Adam Silbernagel finished fifth overall and first in the 40-44 male divison.

“It’s a great course, it’s right along the river with a great view of Batavia,” he said. “Hopefully, in a year or two we will all run the 5K together.”

Dave Ginsburg (18:41.53) and Brandon Johnson (19:06.45) finished second and third among the male runners.

Elizabeth Ott (21:23.03) took second place in the women’s division and Christina Marotta (21:41.69) took third.


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