Winners crowned in Run Your Bass Off race

CRYSTAL FALLS — The Run Your Bass Off champions came from near and far Sunday.

Forest Park High School sophomore Mason Rintala won the 10K men’s race while Jordan Holmes of France and Massachusetts took women’s honors.

Rintala, runner-up in his “Bass” debut last year, chopped nearly four minutes off his previous time with 39 minutes, 36 seconds.

“I was shooting for 42 (minutes),” said Rintala, who ran a 43:10 in 2017. “Last year I wasn’t running that much. I just kept practicing twice a day this year.”

Rintala, a three-sport athlete with the home town high school, ran in the morning before practices and then afterwards. His summer schedule had early-morning runs, primarily on the two tough Bass Run hills.

“The last hill coming back is the toughest,” said Rintala, who figures his weekly training regimen consists of 35 miles. “You have a straight-away, run down a hill and then up a hill. It’s pretty tiring.”

Longtime Iron Mountain runner Drew Richmond (40:46) placed second behind Rintala. Kingsford’s Coleton Mihelich (44:31) and Iron Mountain’s Lucas Cavalieri (44:34) finished third and fourth, respectively.

Holmes, who grew up in the Boston suburb of Wayland and now resides in France, posted a time of 45:26 in her first Bass Run.

“I’ve never managed to run better than 45 minutes,” said Holmes, visiting family at the Newton farm in Florence County while in the area. “My family has told me about the Bass Run and I thought I would give it a try.”

Added the cousin of Olympic ski jumper Nita Englund of Spread Eagle, “It’s a great course and a lot of fun.”

Bass Run course takes runners through residential areas before returning to Runkle Lake Park. This is the 38th year for the “full” Bass Run.

“I run only hills in France,” Holmes said. “I wanted hills. I enjoy hills. The flat stuff is harder for me.”

Kara Graci of Marquette (46:55), Shayla Manitowabi-Huebner of Marquette (47:07) and Sereena Johnson of Iron Mountain (47:33) trailed Holmes.

In the Half Bass over 3.6 miles, defending champ Tori Harris of Iron River ran a 25:38 to best Taylor Clark of Crystal Falls (28:57) and Jessie Surface of Crystal Falls (30:44).

Nikolas Thomas of Bruce Crossing was the male division winner in 24:47.

Superior Timing reported 161 runners for the two races.


Full Bass (10K)

Female — 1. Jordan Holmes, Florence, 45:26; 2. Kara Graci, Marquette, 46:55; 3. Shayla Manitowabi-Huebner, Marquette, 47:07; 4. Sereena Johnson, Iron Mountain, 47:33; 5. Gina Deal, New Franken, Wis., 50:45; 6. Amber Huebner, Marquette, 51:43; 7. Candice Ollila, Green Bay, 51:45; 8. Katie Ross, Iron Mountain, 53:02; 9. Laurie Anderson, Gladstone, 53:25; 10. June Link, Marquette, 55:46

Male — 1. Mason Rintala, Crystal Falls, 39:36; 2. Drew Richmond, Iron Mountain, 40:46; 3. Coleton Mihelich, Kingsford, 44:31; 4. Lucas Cavalieri, Iron Mountain, 44:34; 5. Chad Faries, Savannah, Ga, 44:39; 6. Mark Link, Marquette, 44:39; 7. Ray Howe, Denver, Col, 44:55; 8. Brandon Rutter, Kingsford, 46:42; 9. Ryan Paruch, Three Lakes, Wis, 48:39; 10. Tony Cousineau, Felch, 48:49

Half Bass (3.6 miles)

Female — 1. Tori Harris, Iron River, 25:38; 2. Taylor Clark, Crystal Falls, 28:57; 3. Jessie Surface, Crystal Falls, 30:44; 4. Kathy St. Germain, Marquette, 31:26; 5. Kristin Stacy, Crystal Falls, 32:10; 6. Kaleah Puskala, Marquette, 32:57; 7. Julie Beauchamp, Iron River, 33:18; 8. Laurie Hammar, Rock, 34:52; 9. Lacey Nye, Cedarburg, Wis., 35:33; 10. Aliyah Mylander, Escanaba, 35:37

Male — 1. Nikolas Thomas, Bruce Crossing, 24:47; 2. Brad Kingman, Comstock Park, 25:26; 3. Kaleb Chipelewski, Marquette, 26:22; 4. Justin Sieger, Gaastra, 26:45; 5. Max Grengs, Grand Rapids, 26:54; 6. Ayden Mylander, Escanaba, 26:57; 7. Steve Orchard, Kingsford, 27:44; 8. Allan Barribeau, Kingsford, 28:27; 9. Ryan Setsuda, no home town listed, 28:46; 10. Jim Cihak, Amasa, 28:53