Over the river and through the woods, around the Bishop Miege campus they went.
Several dozen intrepid athletes on Saturday made their way through an 11-obstacle course as part of the second annual Stag Steeplechase. From hopping over hay bales and crawling under cargo nets, to knocking out sets of burpees and flipping heavy tires, the two-mile course put a twist on the traditional fundraising jog.
“We added about five new events,” said organizer Colette Bernica of this year’s course before the race. “We’ve got a little extra pizzazz in it.”
Funds from the events went to benefit Bishop Miege.
The top finisher overall was Andy Homoly, 43, of Parkville, who has two daughters who attend Miege.
“I’d never done anything with events in the middle like that — like Tough Mudder or Warrior Dash — so I thought this would be fun and maybe kind of a warm up for those kinds of races.
Miege student Walker Graham, 16, of Edwardsville, Kan., finished second among the men. Among the women, recent Miege graduate Colleen Russell, 18, of Kansas City, Mo., took the top spot. Russell will be competing for Johnson County Community College’s track team next semester on a full scholarship. Miege student Hannah Stram, 15, of Kansas City, Mo., took second among the women.
At this point you might be wondering just what it looked like to go through the Steeplechase course. Well, you’re in luck! We talked Miege sophomore Peter Fontaine into wearing a camera on his head as he ran the race. Here’s what he brought back:
Thanks for being a good sport, Peter.