GRSF announces winners of annual Will Run


Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) hosted its sixth annual Will Run on Sunday, July 21, around Lake Winona to raise money for the festival. The Will Run — a 28-furlong race (about 3.6 miles) — was founded by Dee Cipov, and has been supported by a dedicated group of volunteers over the years. This year’s overall male winners were Carter Briggs in first place, who finished in 18 minutes and 50 seconds, and Cody Peterson, who finished in 19 minutes 47 seconds. This year’s overall female winners were Katie Plecko in first place, who finished in 25 minutes 32 seconds, and second place was Hannah Siegher, who finished in 26 minutes 29 seconds.

The festival would like to thank the Will Run sponsors, as well as the volunteers on the Will Run committee: Paul Mundt, Kathy Hovell, Deb McClellan, Dan Krumholz, Michelle Pearson-Langowski. Other community volunteers include Ray Felton, Bert and Marge Mohs, Pat Nolan, and Tom Slaggie. This year, the Will Run raised over $2,500 for the festival.

Winners in the different age categories are listed below. To see the times of all participants, please visit and click on the “Will Run” tab.

Winners by age group (women)

14 and under: Lyda Carlson at 40:22

15-19: Hannah Siegler at 26:29, Emma Bucknam at 40:23

20-29: Gracie Belt at 31:05, Samira Al-Balawi at 44:32

30-39: Ashley Afman at 30:48, Kristin Mull at 37:18

40-49: Victoria Velikanova at 27:16, Karrie Plecko at 25:32

50-59: Carla Swerman at 27:31, Renee Krause at 29:47

60-69: Ruth Forsythe at 32:22, Michelle Cochran at 42:46

70 and up: Barb Nagel at 34:30, Anne Femister at 35:14

Winners by age group (men)

14 and under: Seth Osta at 32:39, Liam Carlson at 32:43

15-19: Cody Peterson at 19:47

20-29: Zarchary Velcoff at 26:19, Andrew Woychik at 30:48

30-39: Sean Gotz at 23:17, Benjamin Boucvalt at 32:44

40-49: Lucas Stangl at 23:28, Steve Briggs at 23:52

50-59: Tedd Morgan at 25:03, David Reinke at 28:45

60-69: Brian Singer-Towns at 33:41, Mike Martin at 46:37

70 and up: Eric Bartleson at 43:04, Ron Schoeder at 51:44

GRSF productions run through Sunday, August 4. For festival tickets and more information, please contact the GRSF Visitor’s Center Box Office at 924 Huff Street in Winona, or call 507-474-7900. Patrons can purchase tickets to all GRSF performances over the phone, in person, or online at

GRSF is a nonprofit, professional equity theater company in Winona dedicated to dynamic productions of Shakespeare’s plays, extensive education and community outreach programs, and comprehensive theater training. Its production season has become a staple in the Winona arts scene since its inception 15 years ago. GRSF’s 16th season features “Macbeth,” “Cymbeline,” “The Servant of Two Masters,” “No Child,” and “White Rabbit Red Rabbit.” For more information visit


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