Meet the Winners of the $200,017 Running Warehouse NCAA XC Prediction Contest
January 10, 2018
We love announcing the winners of our RunningWarehouse.com Prediction Contests.
The winners highlight the interesting people who make up the LetsRun.com community. We’ve had pro runners, legends of the sport, rocket scientists, 13-year-olds, and even ourselves win the contests.
Jason Bohenek Wins Contest Overall
The overall winner of our $200,017 NCAA XC Prediction contest is Jason Bohenek, who lives in Oxford, Mississippi. Jason fits the profile of a lot of our winners as he’s a) really smart (he’s getting a PhD in biology from Ole Miss); b) really passionate about running (he started running in the 5th grade in northeast Pennsylvania and then ran at DIII University of Scranton under head coach Bill Burke, where he had a 5k pr of 15:24); and c) makes LetsRun.com his homepage.
With that combo, Jason was almost destined to win.
For winning the contest, Jason gets a $100 Running Warehouse gift certificate and the shoe of his choice. He chose the Brooks Ghost 10.
Guy Who Trained with Big 10 100m Champ Brandon Stryganek Wins Team Prediction Contest
The winner of the team portion of the prediction contest is 24-year-old Joshua Shancer from Chicago, Illinois, and he’s got a cool story. Joshua is currently in his final year of law school at DePaul University. But rewind to his sophomore year of high school and he was running at Stevenson High School in Illinois and couldn’t even break 60 seconds for the 400 meters through his junior year. Starting his senior year he started training and lifting with his teammate Brandon Stryganek, who would go on to run 10.33 and win the 2015 outdoor Big Ten 100-meter title.
Once Joshua started training with Brandon, he became a different runner. As Joshua tells it, “I learned so much about the sport and training from Brandon and by the end of my senior year I had dropped my 400 time to 52 seconds and had placed 6th at Sectionals in the 300 Hurdles. What I love about running is that with hard work and perseverance anyone can reach new heights that they never imagined they could attain. In undergrad I ran for the Indiana University Run Club and competed in NIRCA throughout my time there. The IU Run Club had such a great group of runners and they further inspired me to branch out and try out more distance events. I’ve run several 5Ks and a few Half Marathons since. It was also during undergrad at Indiana University that I discovered LetsRun, which I now check daily. I read nearly every race preview and recap that you guys put out and it was certainly a key to how I based my picks.”
Joshua finished tied for second in the 2017 World Championships Prediction Contest but missed out on the prizes on the tiebreakers. For his shoe, he chose the adizero Prime Parley.
Son of World Indoor Masters Champ Wins Individual Contest
The winner of the individual portion of the contest is Dylan Paulk aka Dr. Coleman. Dylan grew up and lives in the running mecca of Portland, Oregon, where he now works in public accounting. He ran cross country and track at NAIA power Southern Oregon University. Dylan’s a pretty good runner himself, but he’s got a lot of catching up to do. His dad Kevin was a masters national champion (800 and 1500) and won the M45 world indoor 800 championship in 2006 (Linz, Austria).
For winning the team contest Dylan gets a $100 Running Warehouse gift certificate and the shoe of his choice. He chose the Nike Zoom Red Fly’s.
Thanks to RunningWarehouse.com for sponsoring this contest and all of our contests the last few years. RunningWarehouse.com is the leader in online running retail for a reason.
Congratulations to all of our winners and to everyone who played in our contest.
If you played in the contest and want to check your scores, use the form below. If you want to see the top 30 leaderboard, click here.