by JOHN HOGAN Sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 80s provided ideal conditions for nearly 150 participants in the second annual Honey Creek Duathlon held Monday in downtown Cannonsburg. Racers covered more than 18 miles on bike and on foot, and then returned to Honey Creek Inn for an afternoon of food, drink and family fun. The Labor Day event raised more than $2,000 for North Kent Community Services and The Kids’ Food Basket, an organization seeking to eradicate childhood hunger in the greater Grand Rapids area. Attendance was up more than 20 percent from last year’s inaugural event, said race organizer Don Kurylowicz, who finished in 2 hours, 7 minutes. “I am ecstatic with the turnout, both for the race and the post-race activities,” Kurylowicz said. “What a great way to celebrate Labor Day and help those who are less fortunate.” Monday’s duathlon winded its way through Cannon, Vergennes, Grattan and Ada townships. It started at 9:30 a.m. with a 2.5k run, followed by a 22k bike ride and ending with a 5k run. Participants ranged in age from 14 to 70. Among the racers was world class distance runner Greg Meyer, the last American to win the Boston Marathon. “What a great way to draw people together,” said Meyer, 56, who finished in 1 hour, 24 minutes. “It’s like an old community event similar to those we grew up with.” Meyer received a moose pendant for the best finish in the 55 to 60 age group. “This is going right next to Boston,” he said. The overall duathlon winner was 33-year-old Jimi Minnema, who completed the course in 1 hour, 2 minutes and 42 seconds. Participants could complete the duathlon solo or participate in relay teams of up to three people. Mike Jonkman, who participated in last year’s event, opted for the biking portion, covering about 13.5 miles, while his son, Kenzie, 17, did the two running segments. Having Kenzie, a Rockford High School senior, run the combined 4.6 miles was a godsend, Jonkman said. They completed the three segments in 1 hour, 51 minutes. “I can’t run like I used to,” Jonkman said. “And the biking portion killed me with all the hills. I wanted to get off the bike a […]
Cannonsburg to host ‘Blessing of the Wheels’ Only days to go to the funnest little fledgling horse event you’ve ever been to. The public is invited to the first ever Blessing of the Wheels at the Village of Cannonsburg Sunday, May 20. “King of the Village” Don Kurylowicz knew of a local woman, Kim Hart, who was holding an event that would end in an antique carriage ride to Honey Creek Inn for a meal. “I told her let’s make it a antique carriage parade,” enthused Kurylowicz. Hart is inviting friends and acquaintances who also have horse-drawn carriages to participate in the parade, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. to run from the intersection of Cannonsburg and Giles roads to the Honey Creek Inn where the wheels—anyone present from the carriages to tricycles and bicycles—will have the wheels blessed by a local priest. Kurylowicz was excited about the event, which is one of several to take place in the area on that day. In addition to the carriage parade, there is a run at the Cannonsburg State Game Area from noon to 5 p.m. The Michigan Mountain Bike Association is also holding an event close by, beginning at Townsend Park just around the corner. With so many tourists in the area, Kurylowicz is opening Honey Creek Inn at noon and offering picnic lunch sales at a reasonable price, and also beginning sales of traditional BBQ a week early for Memorial Day celebrations. “We will have crossing guards and police traffic control,” he stated. “We are expecting local, regional and state dignitaries.” Kurylowicz invites parade attendees to dress up, dress down or put on a costume. Those with carriages are encouraged to offer a ride to those who have none. Kurylowicz would love to see all kinds of wheels in the parade in addition to however many antique carriages show up. “Drive your manure spreader if you want to,” he said. All wheels present will be blessed. Other horse-related events will take place during the day. “How long has it been since there was a carriage parade in West Michigan?” Don wondered. “Probably a hundred years.” For more information, check out the event on Facebook.
A suspicious subject attempted contact with two 14-year-old females on Monday, May 7, between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. near the Village of Cannonsburg. The contacts occurred at separate locations after the girls went their separate ways and while they were walking near Townsend Park; one girl on 6 Mile Road and the other on Ramsdell Avenue. The suspect is described as a white male, mid 50s, dark-colored hair with gray roots, unshaven for approximately a week, no glasses. One girl believed he may have a slight southern accent. Unknown clothing. One girl believed he had brown eyes and a crooked tooth on the side. The vehicle is described as a dirt-white or silver van. One girl believed it was a van style; both thought it was larger than a car. One girl said that it had narrow, longer back-up lights below the brake lights. Anyone with any additional information is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at (616) 336-3113 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.