Jake Edwards (3:56) And Heather Kampf (4:26) Win 8th Annual Ryan Shay Mile

Press Release
July 25, 2015

Charlevoix, MI —  The 8th annual Ryan Shay Mile took place this morning in Charlevoix, Michigan under under partly cloud skies and 70 degree temperatures .  This invitational road mile had separate races for men and women. There was $4000 in prize money available ($1000.00 1st place, $500.00 2nd, $250.00 3rd) with the title sponsor being Bergmann Marine.

Heather Kampf was successful in her bid for a fourth consecutive title at this event.  While Jake Edwards, in his first time at the Shay mile, was able to take the title.

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Kampf, running 4:26, led four other women under under 4:30.  Brook Handler finished a strong second in 4:27 while Amanda Eccleston just got the lean on Amanda Mergaert with both finishing in 4:28.  Kampf also picked up the half mile leader incentive bonus, and continues to impress the spectators in Northern Michigan as one of the top road milers in the United States.

For the men the Shay mile continues to be a race to achieve a sub four minute mark.  Edwards’ winning time of 3:56 was followed by Lex Williams in 3:57, and last year’s fourth place finisher, Thomas Scott, was able to finish in third with a time of 3:59.  While the pace at the half mile was right at 4:00,  the leaders were able to press the last half to ensure for the sixth consecutive year that the Shay mile was won in under four minutes.

The Ryan Shay Mile started in the summer of 2008 to honor the memory of Ryan Shay.  Ryan passed away on November 3, 2007 while competing in the 2008 USA Olympic Marathon Trials in New York City.  Ryan was from Central Lake, Michigan,  about thirty minutes south of Charlevoix.  A talented runner, who through hard work and persistence, won championships in high school, while in college in Notre Dame, and as a professional.  Ryan continues to be  role model for many young people in Northern Michigan and around the country.

Bergmann Marine, located in Charlevoix, Michigan, provides marine sales, service and storage facilities.  This family owned and operated business spans three generations and has been providing service to Northern Michigan for more than twenty five years.

This event is held as part of Charlevoix’s annual Venetian Festival, and in conjunction with the Drenth Memorial 5k/10k road races on the same Saturday morning.  Charlevoix is located in the upper northwestern portion of the lower Michigan peninsula.


Results – Men:

  1. Jake Edwards 3:56.62
  2. Lex Williams 3:57.30
  3. Thomas Scott 3:59.81
  4. Josef Tessema 4:01.74
  5. Zach Perkins 4:02.58
  6. Ben Payne 4:02.86
  7. Tony Filapek 4:07.08
  8. Jeremy Wilk 4:09.56
  9. Forrest Missenti 4:11.24
  10. Jacob Sussman 4:21.38
  11. Josh Davis 4:25.14
  12. Sean Smith 4:29.83

Results – Women:

  1. Heather Kampf 4:26.83
  2. Brooke Handler 4:27.75
  3. Amanda Eccleston 4:28.70
  4. Amanda Mergaert 4:28.71
  5. Christy Cazzola 4:29.14
  6. Sarah Boyle 4:33.54
  7. Emily Lipari 4:35.78
  8. Rebecca Addison 4:45.15
  9. Abgael Waniku 4:56.73
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