GOOD FOR YOU: Windsor standout marathon runner posts personal best
October 20, 2012
Windsor resident Ellie Peterson's long-distance running talents just keep on getting better.
Peterson placed seventh in the St. George Marathon in Utah on Oct. 6 in the women's division with a time of 2 hours, 55 minutes, 33 seconds.
It was a new personal best in the 26.2-mile race for Peterson, the daughter of Betsey and Scott Peterson of Windsor.
Peterson placed 96th overall out of 6,000 runners, and seventh out of 2,600 women.
"It was a fun race to watch," said Scott.
Peterson, a 2011 graduate of Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, S.D., finished 104th among all women (8,966 runners) in the 116th Boston Marathon on April 16. Her goal was to finish under the 3-hour mark, but 90-degree temperatures forced a lot of runners to drop out and slowed down the times. Peterson still ran the race in 3 hours, 15 minutes. 58 seconds. She finished in the top 1 percent of the women's field, and placed 1,432 overall out of 21,554 runners (male and female).
With her blazing time in Utah, Peterson now has a new personal best to shoot for, perhaps once again in Boston in the future.
"I would love to run it again. It's so much fun," Peterson told Windsor Now in June. "The atmosphere and just the crowd and how big it is. It's awesome."
Pelican Lakes Golf Course and Country Club is honoring area veterans with free rounds of golf for the seventh straight year.
According to a news release from Water Valley, Operation Thank You has donated approximately 6,000 free rounds of golf to military personnel with an estimated valued at $215,000.
"The cost we've incurred to honor vets is nothing compared to their sacrifice for our country," said Martin Lind, president of Water Valley Land Company and owner of Pelican Lakes Golf Course and Country Club, in the news release.
Beginning last Thursday until Nov. 11, all veterans are welcome to enjoy a free nine-hole round of golf at the course and country club, 1600 Pelican Lakes Point, in Windsor.
The annual golf tournament honoring veterans is scheduled for Nov. 9. The tournament tradition will continue as Windsor and Severance middle schools seventh- and eight-grade choirs and bands perform for the tournament participants.