Thousands hit the streets in annual Steamboat Classic

Runners start the race in the 2022 Steamboat Classic.
Runners start the race in the 2022 Steamboat Classic.(WEEK)
Published: Jun. 18, 2022 at 1:04 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - Whether for the 15-kilometer, the 4-mile or the 1-mile, thousands took to Downtown Peoria streets to race in the Steamboat Classic.

The nearly 50-year tradition is known as one of the world’s fastest four-mile races, and one of the hardest 15K courses.

The four mile race was led by Tyler Owens of Springfield and Stephanie Brown-Brokaw of Macomb. Both averaged miles under six minutes, with a 5:04 mile average for Owens and 5:38 average for Brown-Brokaw.

Brown-Brokaw has participated in the race multiple times in her life. Her first Steamboat Classic was when she was 11 years old.

“back when i was a kid I always ran Steamboat,” Brown-Brokaw said. “The first time I came, when I was 11, the announcer, when he was giving me my award, asked if I would one day come and win this little girl and I told him maybe. So here I am, twenty years later and I’ve finally won the steamboat classic.”

Other young competitors tried out the course, including 7 year old Quinlan White, who finished with a 25:30 time. He received his medal at the finish line after jumping in the air, seeming barely out of breath.

The 15K race was won by Tom Doyle of Tinley Park. The 15K involved a two-time trip around a large hill. Doyle finished in just under an hour at 53 minutes. Laura Gann of Peoria was the first woman to finish with a time of one hour and one minute.

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