Skeleton Skamper Scares Up Winners and a Good Time

Almost 1,000 athletes took to the streets in Mount Pleasant.

Editor's Note: We mistakenly listed the same runner as both the male and female 3rd place. When we get the correct name of the 3rd place female runner, we will add it to the story. We regret the error.

It was a beautiful fall day for a race or two on Oct. 29 in Mount Pleasant. Nearly 1,000 athletes of all shapes, sizes, and ages - many of them in costume - participated in the 2nd annual Skeleton Skamper.

Sponsored by Real Racine and a host of local businesses, the Skeleton Skamper featured 5K (3.5 mile) and half-marathon (13 miles) race courses as well as a Kids Fun Walk.

Do you have photos or a story to share about the Skeleton Skamper? Do it here!

Here's a list of the winners as provided by Real Racine:

Half-marathon:  Men overall

1. Jean-Bernard Flanigan, Libertyville, Ill., 1:23:50 

2. Kevin Weslaski, Racine, 1:26:02

3. Gerald Ryan, Oak Creek, 1:26:14

Half-marathon:  Women overall

1. Colleen Eland, Racine,  1:30:24

2. Kristen Dietz, Wauconda, Ill.,  1:34:02

3. TBD

5k:  Men overall

1. Alan Harris, Racine, 20:01

2. Josh Patzen, Union Grove, 20:05

3. Michael Berger, Racine, 20:31

5k:  Women overall

1. Sara Shefchik, Franksville,  20:53

2. Kelli Steenrod, Mount Pleasant, 22:20

3. Megan Farley, Wauwatosa, 23:45

Costume contest

Best kids overall: Elijah Horek Gaultier

Best adults: Kim Migazzi, Otis Jones, D.J. Hessenthaler, Jeff Curcio, Jason Lindstrum

Best group:  John, J.J. and Zoe Schinkowitch (Capt. Hook, Tinkerbelle and Peter Pan); Sallie Gill and Sue Waters (pirate women;  Sara Heidenreiter, Emily Pratt and Sarah Joyce (three mimes)

Bill Folk October 29, 2011 at 09:59 PM
Can you edit the women's top 3....you have the male #3 listed for both male and female standings (for the 1/2 marathon)?
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) October 29, 2011 at 11:12 PM
Thanks! I left a note for Real Racine for the right name.
Carrie Armstrong Richmond October 29, 2011 at 11:16 PM
Have you heard anything about the woman who was apparently hurt around the 4.5 mile mark of the half? There's a story that a runner was hit by a car; I saw her shortly after it happened, receiving medical assistance, but I have/had no idea a car was involved...
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) October 29, 2011 at 11:24 PM
I did have a conversation with the MPPD about this. They confirmed that a runner was bumped, but was not seriously injured and may have been able to finish the race. That detail is unclear. The driver was ticketed, but that is not the only story about unruly drivers from the day. Which really makes me mad. The Skeleton Skamper has been promoted for several weeks, and signs have been up along the route for at least a week. Yet, we have police talking about drivers who tried to push through crowds of runners instead of waiting or, better yet, choosing a different route. What is up with that?!
Carrie Armstrong Richmond October 29, 2011 at 11:32 PM
When I saw her, she was strapped to a board with a neck brace, but it could have been a precaution until they got her examined. I was grateful for the work the police were doing out there today - you're right; the drivers were zipping past whenever they could get away with it! Made me paranoid, since the accident in Beckley, where the lead runner in the half marathon there was sent to the hospital, and the driver who hit him didn't even stop.
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) October 29, 2011 at 11:38 PM
Certainly I can get more information about the runner's injuries and can update as we know more. I didn't know about the race in Beckley. Wow. I just don't understand how people can be so impatient and inconsiderate.
S_Elizabeth_N October 30, 2011 at 01:28 AM
Can anyone tell me where to find the results for the races...the webpages they said would have results don't (and one doesn't even exist).
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) October 30, 2011 at 01:35 AM
Real Racine provided this link - sorry! Should have included it in the story. (And I checked - it works!) http://results.active.com/pages/page.jsp?eventID=1994679
Vance Gerkovich October 30, 2011 at 04:51 AM
Could you psot the times of the disabled racers. I think there were a couple in the 5 K I think the community and surrounding connumites should know that this is a disabled friendly event. if there are those with friends or relatives who are disabled they may contact me and I can do what I can to encourage and help them learn. Thanks to everyone who made my 1st half marathon very memorable.
Dustin Block October 30, 2011 at 02:07 PM
Great photos!
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) October 30, 2011 at 02:34 PM
Hi Vance - I have a note into Real Racine to find out the results for the disabled athletes who participated in the Skamper and will post them as soon as I get them. So glad your first 1/2 marathon was such a success for you! It was nice to meet you at Village Hall.
Mike Fischer October 31, 2011 at 01:19 AM
She was unable to finish the race and has a skull fracture with some bleeding. She will be okay though. They need to change the course so that the runners are running into traffic instead of traffic coming from behind to prevent things like this from happening. This is something that is totally avoidable with a little better planning, especially if the roads are not going to be closed.
Real Racine October 31, 2011 at 01:56 AM
Third place half-marathon women overall: Kelli Grumann, Elkhorn, 1:36:00. Our apologies!
Katie Pech October 31, 2011 at 03:03 PM
The runner that was hit by the car was unable to finish the race and has a skull fracture and two brain bleeds. She was transferred to Froedert hospital. She has lost some vision and hearing in her left ear. She has a broken bone behind her left ear drum and has no balance and stability because of it. She is expected to make a full recovery within 3 months. This was far more serious than the race coordinators are telling people. She was not bumped by the car, she was hit and flew back onto the hood and slid off hitting her head in two spots in the process. She is also full of bumps, bruises, and sprains.
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) October 31, 2011 at 04:51 PM
@Katie - we are working on confirming the details of the accident and hope to have some news posted soon. If you have anything you can share - name of the runner, contact information - please email me at heather.asiyanbi@patch.com. Calls are in to SSFD and the MPPD.
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) October 31, 2011 at 04:52 PM
@Mike - like Katie, if you have information you can share about this incident, please drop me at note at heather.asiyanbi@patch.com so we can confirm the details and condition of the runner. Thanks!
Bill Bouma October 31, 2011 at 06:10 PM
I caution everyone on giving out medical information about someone else, without their permission! There are federal laws (HIPAA) that you may be breaking, without you knowing about it! Chief Bill Bouma South Shore Fire Department
Jerry Bloom October 31, 2011 at 06:18 PM
The accident happened right in front of me. I sprinted to stop the lady that hit her, she was really old. She didn't even really know what happened when I banged on her window. She could have hit the group of six of us....by God's grace she didnt. I stopped at All Saints after the race and she was still in the ER waiting for some tests on her head.
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) October 31, 2011 at 07:36 PM
Thank you, Chief, for pointing this out! We are still working to confirm details of the runner's condition and as soon as we know anything, we will pass it on, keeping, of course, private information private as required and/or requested.
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) October 31, 2011 at 08:49 PM
We have a story up about the running injured during the race. Please click here for more details: http://patch.com/A-nvqr


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