Running Bridge To Bridge

Peoria and East Peoria hosted the third annual Bridge to Bridge Run.

The Labor Day morning event started and finished in front of the new Running Central on Water Street in Peoria.

The event is organized by Running Central, Illinois Valley Striders and Shazam Racing.

The route for the nearly 750 runners and walkers took them across the Bob Michel Bridge, through East Peoria's Levee District and eventually across the Cedar Street Bridge. The participants then made their way through Peoria's Warehouse District.

Sam Bradley of Peoria was the overall winner at 21:28. Bradley is a London-native and assistant cross-country and track coach at Bradley University.

"That second bridge (Cedar Street Bridge) is a killer," Bradley told 1470 & 100.3 WMBD. "It goes up and then goes up again. That will really kick you in the butt."

Female winner and Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Famer, Jenelle Deatherage of Dunlap, felt she was ready for the Cedar Street Bridge.

"The last couple of workouts with a group we were at Springdale Cemetery," Deatherage says. "I don't think I had ever run in there hard and it's super hilly. So, I think at least those last couple of workouts prepared me somewhat."

Deatherage's time was 23:52.

Deatherage and East Peoria High School teammate Tim Broe both won IHSA state cross country titles in 1993. She went on to a collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin. She had earned a spot on the 1999 U.S. World University Games team and, after college, finished fourth in the 1500m during the 2004 U.S. Olympic trials.

Deatherage was inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.

Deatherage had lived in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area the last ten years. She says she recently moved back to the Peoria area to be closer to family.

Race director, Phil Lockwood, says the Bridge to Bridge Run allows both cities a chance to show off.

"We have this shiny new riverfront in Peoria, we've got the brand new Levee District in East Peoria with all the new choices in retail and restaurants," Lockwood explains. "and, this is the first event that taking place on the new Washington Street in Peoria."


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