Fournier returns with style, wins Scenic Shore

GLADSTONE – It had been 1 1/2 years since Ben Fournier had last run in a competitive setting prior to Saturday’s Scenic Shore Run.

The Gladstone resident, who’s about to enter his sophomore year at Michigan Tech, made up for lost time by winning the second annual event in 20 minutes, 21 seconds.

He was followed on the nearly 3 1/2-mile course by Joe Wolfe IV of Escanaba (20:41) and Joe Wolfe, Sr., also of Escanaba (22:38).

“This is the first race I’ve done since high school track,” said Fournier. “I’ve been doing a lot of training runs, but they’ve been an easy 4-5 miles (on average). I felt good in the beginning, then everything hit me in the end. I went out too hard.”

Caitlin Lung of Gladstone topped the women (22:40), followed by fellow Gladstone residents Makenna Taavola (29:15) and Lisa Matthews (30:42).

“I came out of the gate pretty good,” said Lung, who plans to switch from volleyball to cross country this fall at Moody Bible College in Chicago. “I don’t have much experience with racing. I just followed Joe. We jockeyed back and forth, then he passed me with a quarter-mile to go and held on. It was a lot of fun. I really enjoy running. I’m glad they include the boardwalk in this race. You can see the lake, which makes for nice scenery.”

The race, which drew 32 runners, was run under cloudy conditions with temperatures near 60.