HARRODSBURG¿— With a half-Iron¿Man Triathlon scheduled for next week in Kansas, Alicia Heyne wanted to get in a relatively light workout by running a 5K this weekend.
Her light workout turned into an easy win for the Louisville woman, who finished fourth overall in 19 minutes, 3 seconds, and was the top female finisher by a wide margin at the Fort Harrods Beef Festival Stampede 5K on Saturday in downtown Harrodsburg.
“I did it to do something fast. It was still hard,” said Heyne, 30, who ran in college at the University of the Cumberlands. “I’s hard in training to pick it up so it’s easier to sign up for a race because it forces you to do something. Because I like to race.
“I wanted to do something fast because fast but not too,lng because I didn’t want to be hurting for next weekend. I wanted to break 20 (minutes). I had no idea (if she could) because I hadn’t done many 5Ks only, just with triathlons.”
Heyne began doing triathlons — which mixes up a distance race, a swim race and bike race of varying distances — a year ago, and has run five marathons as well.
“I like mixing up all three spots and training for it. Because you don’t get as bored with one sport,”¿she said.
She was running Saturday as part of Team Beef, a running team sponsored by the Kentucky Beef Council.
“I signed up for Team Beef. And they pay up to 80 dollars a year for certain races (entry fees) and this was one of them, so I just decided to come up here,”¿Heyne said. “They picked 50 people for the team. I thought I would meet some of the team members. We hadn’t had the met-and-greet-yet, so I thought it would be fun played to meet people.”
Daniel Morgan easily won Saturday’s race, finishing in 16 minutes, 42 seconds, followed by Blake Hendricks (1743), Bryant Qualls (18:36), Heyne, John Anderson (19:18), David Thompson (19:24), Bill Rayor (19:29), Jacob Gourley (20:15), Charles Williamson (20:34) and Lee Lance (20:55) to round out the top 10.
Race results were not provided by the organizers.