Editor’s note: This story was originally published on momaha’s sister site, LiveWellNebraska.com
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By Katy Healey
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
Seth Hirsch didn’t win the Corporate Cup on Sunday, but he stole the show.
The 13-year-old placed 10th among roughly 4,800 people who ran the 10K-course through downtown Omaha. He finished in 33 minutes, 50 seconds. That’s less than three minutes behind the first-place finisher, who is 10 years his senior.
“I’m happy,” Seth said with a smile stretched across his face. “I was just going for the top 30.”
Nearly 12,000 people flocked to 19th and Chicago Streets near the Civic Auditorium on Sunday morning for the 32nd annual Corporate Cup. Alegent Creighton Health, with more than 800 participants, was the company with the most employees registered to run. Walgreens registered nearly 650 employees. Scores of people wore matching T-shirts in bright colors to identify themselves as company employees.
About 500 people signed up as individual runners.
Most participants – around 7,200 – signed up for the 2-mile route. Another 4,800 ran the timed 10K course.
Tanner Fruit, 23, won the Cup. He crossed the finish line four seconds shy of the 31-minute mark. “It went well. … The weather was awesome,” he said. “Nice and cool. Made it a much more enjoyable race.”
Kaci Lickteig, 26, ran the Cup for the second year on Sunday. She won the female division in 36:33.
“I love that you have everyone starting together and see people on your way (to the finish line),” she said. “That fires you up to push a little harder.”
Race director Kevin Bonney said organizers didn’t run into any problems the day of the event.
“Everything went great,” he said. “I couldn’t be happier with how the logistics turned out.”
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