MIAMI — The fourth annual Willie Osborn Memorial Willie Run was held in tribute to longtime Miami Rotarian Willie Osborn.
But it also was a tribute to the late Gary Ice.
Ice, who died May 25, was the founder of Miami Ice Racing Miami’s community running and fitness group.
Ice also was a mentor and coordinator of Running Wild Ottawa County, which mentors youth of middle and high school age through distance running.
“He put a lot of time and effort into the team,” said 10k winner Robert Berry of Miami.
“Gary was hard; he made us run that distance,” said Berry, who posted a time of 44:12. “I’ve got to watch what I say or I will get all weepy.”
The course route, which used Miami Rotary Centennial Park as its starting and finishing points, took runners throughout the east side of Miami.
“The course was awesome; good course, good course,” Berry said. “The worst part of the heat was going back towards the high school. We were facing the sun.”
While this was the fourth time the Willie Run had been held, this was the first time a 10k run was included. There were about a dozen runners.
“I think once people hear there is a 10k, there will be a better showing,” Berry said.
“We appreciate everybody doing this,” he said. “I love home runs.”
Joyce Payne of Quapaw finished second overall and had the best women’s time in the 10k at 46:00.
Placing third overall in the 10k was Lucas Freeman of Commerce with a time of 46:25. Jaci Clinton of Welch followed him at 48:29 and Adam Pulley of Miami, 49:39.
Nathan Riley of Miami had the best time in the 5K portion of the race. A winner for the fourth straight year, he was timed in 20:18.
Kelly Wieczorak of Miami was the women’s overall 5k runner at 23:32.
Jim Ellis is sports editor of the Miami News-Record. He can be reached by phone at 918-542-5508 or by email at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @mnrsportsguy.