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May 23, 2009

Local runners win Bayshore 10K

TRAVERSE CITY -- The Traverse City State Bank Bayshore 10K had a hometown feel to it Saturday morning.

Geoff Burns, a Traverse City West graduate, won the men's race in 32:49.61 while Suttons Bay grad Margot McGlothlin led the women's field in 39:24.83.

Both were making their Bayshore debuts.

Burns, son of Bayshore race director Bryan Burns, pulled away from Adam Richmond about 21/2 miles into the 10K and never looked back.

"I didn't want to look back, really," Burns said. "I just pushed it. I felt really good, really smooth. Everything was loose so I opened up and applied a little pressure and it worked."

Richmond finished 28 seconds back at 33:17.27.

"When he pulled ahead I thought there's no way I'm going to keep pace the rest of the way," Richmond said. "He ran a real solid race."

Burns, who just completed his freshman year at Michigan, was a red-shirt on the Wolverines track team this spring.

"My coach is incredible," the 19-year-old said. "I made a lot of improvement."

Burns described his first Bayshore experience as "incredible" as well.

"It's quite an undertaking," he said. "I know my dad puts in a lot of hours on this.

"It was so much fun. I can't really describe how cool it is to have 5,000 runners assemble on one morning in Traverse City and run out on the peninsula, one of the most beautiful places to run in northern Michigan. It was a great morning."

Richmond ran in the indoor track season at Central Michigan University over the winter. He competed in the Dragon Dash 8K in Lake Orion last weekend.

"I'm not in that great of shape right now," he said. "I fell apart the last 5K."

McGlothlin, who ran at Ferris State, started slowly before hitting her groove.

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