Wheeling’s Gundling Earns Victory in Ogden Mile

WHEELING – After winning the Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic in 2011, Wheeling native Colin Gundling now has his second Ogden race victory in the Ogden Mile.

Friday’s win marks the first mile victory in ”about five or six” attempts for Gundling.

”I’ve come in like third, maybe second, but I don’t think I’ve ever won it, so it’s cool.” Gundling said after the race.

”(I’m) doing the race (today), and this is always a fun way to kick it off. My brother and I always do it.”

Gundling finished the race in 4:15.2, two seconds ahead of Wheeling resident Russell Mulley (4:17.4) and four seconds ahead of last year’s winner Cedric Robinson of Martins Ferry.

The Physical Therapist, who has ”gotten into triathlons now”, didn’t quite know how the mile-long race would fair for him.

”I’ve been training a lot for longer distances, so I wasn’t sure how it would go,” he said. ”At the beginning, I found myself trying to pace myself cause I was just used to that and it wasn’t the way to go. So I just started kicking it and that other guy was pretty quick, so I was just trying to keep pace with him.

”Whenever you get to the flat part after going downhill for a half mile, the flat feels like it might as well be up hill. So that’s always the toughest part and where you really have to kick. Then when you get around the corner, it’s all down hill. That’s a good thing to have in the back of your head.”

Another thing Gundling had to keep in mind was how the unusual cold weather would effect his running.

”Just the preparation,” he said. ”Especially for a short race like this, you definitely want to make sure you’re warmed up enough. When you’re going down hill you’re using your hamstrings a lot and you don’t want to pull those going down hill. I just tried to warm those up a lot.

”At the end of the day, if you’re warmed up enough, it’s an advantage with the colder weather just because it doesn’t effect you as much.”

”There’s no heat, so it doesn’t slow you down as much. The colder weathers better.”

The first female to cross the tape was Alison Duke of Wheeling (8th overall at 5:17.0). The youngest finisher was 7-year-old Brooklynn Wayt of Wheeling (9:12.6, 28th overall).

In all 30 runners completed the event.