Cattle Business Weekly employees join Run Crazy Horse relay team marathon

“All we wanted to do was finish!” ... “And we did finish! ... in a time of five hours, 30 minutes, and some-odd seconds for a 26.2 mile marathon.” Cattle Business Weekly employees participated in the Run Crazy Horse Marathon October 3. Shown, from left: Beau Bendigo, Codi Mills, Josh Hauk, Sara Thissen and Mary Ravellette.

"We wanted to do it as a kind of fun office event, and to support beef," said Codi Mills concerning the Run Crazy Horse half marathon, marathon, and five person marathon relay held October 3 in the Black Hills.

The workers at the Cattle Business Weekly, a weekly nine-state Philip-based newspaper devoted to the cattle industry, entered the running event. The route took runners from the Crazy Horse Memorial through downtown Hill City and a loop on the Mickelson Trail. For those people really in shape and really into competition, it was a certified race and a Boston Marathon qualifier. It is a new marathon and does not replace the Mount Rushmore/Crazy Horse Marathon.

Beau Bendigo started for the CBW relay team, along with starters from 27 other relay teams. There were also individual runners for the full marathon, with 99 of them eventually finishing the race. Of the hundreds of starters for the half marathon run, 442 finished.

Runners started at the Crazy Horse Visitor Center and headed to downtown Hill City, where the half-marathon finish line waited. Full-marathon individuals and relay teams continued on to Museum Drive and Major Lake Road before getting back on the Mickelson Trail and looping back to finish in Hill City.

Bendigo ran the 7.4-mile first leg, then Mary Ravellette took over for the next 5.8 miles to complete the first half marathon. Codi Mills did her designated 4.9 miles, followed by Sara Thissen running the next 4.3 miles. Josh Hauk crossed the full marathon finish line after doing his 3.8 miles.

We've been training since May 1," said Thissen. Mills said, "There was only one day where we did joint running. We kept an activity calendar so we could see what each did, and that motivated us."

"We had read about people running in marathons, wearing these jerseys, and we wanted to do it too," said Ravellette.

Mills said, "It was a challenge and fun. I think it was a really positive experience for us. We did make a little bit of an impact on the runners and spectators, since people did comment on our jerseys. That was the goal since we are a cattle-based community and a cattle-industry newspaper." The ZIP (zinc-iron-protein) jerseys supplied by the South Dakota Beef Council pictured a juicy steak and read 'Beef It's What's for Dinner.'

Thissen said, "All we wanted to do was finish." "And we did," interjected Mills. Thissen added, "In five hours, thirty minutes and some-odd seconds and the finish line was open for seven hours." "We didn't lose, at least," said Hauk.

The first place team of the BD Trotters finished in 3:32:15, while the CBW finished two hours behind the lead team in 27th place. Mills said, "The next day most of us felt fine." Thissen added, "Maybe a little stiff is all." Hauk said, "We were in fairly good shape though." "They had a really good crowd and we had quite a bit of family cheering us on," said Mills.

"Ask if we are doing it next year, maybe in about six months," said Ravellette.

Though CBW was the only local team to participate, other Philip area individuals had entered the half marathon, including Jennifer Henrie, Trisha Larson and Jenny Terkildsen.