Elite Field Announced for 2022 Bellin Run
May 16, 2022
Defending champions Gesabwa, Ward highlight stellar elite field
The Bellin Run’s return to an in-person event in 2022 will feature an impressive field of elites, highlighted by defending champions Risper Gesabwa and Jared Ward.
Gesabwa added another title to her unmatched Bellin Run resume in 2019, crossing the line first for the seventh time in her career. Lining up alongside Gesabwa is a new challenger to the Bellin Run, MaKenna Myler, who became an internet sensation after running a 5:25 mile while nine months pregnant.
Myler’s list of accomplishments has only grown since giving birth, including a victory in her professional half marathon debut in the Desert News – a performance that included a course record of 1:09:54. She will line up for the Bellin Run in the best shape of her career, having recently set a personal best in the 5K of 15:31.
On the men’s side, Jared Ward will attempt to capture his second-consecutive Bellin Run victory after winning the event in 2019. Ward will be challenged by past Bellin Run champ Brendan Gregg, who was second in 2019 after winning the event in 2017 and 2018.
Although stocked with a significant field of elite athletes, the Bellin Run welcomes runners and walkers of all levels and abilities. Registrations for the last in-person event topped the 11,000 mark. Registration is available online at www.bellinrun.com.
The registration fee for the Bellin Run is $30 per person through Wednesday, June 1, when it increases to $35. In-person registration at the Friday, June 10 expo in Astor Park is $40.
The half-mile Children’s Run (ages 10 and younger) will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, June 10. The registration fee is $12 per participant through June 6, when online registration ends. In-person registration on Friday, June 10 will be $15 per participant.