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MIU Running Club members pictured above at Race for the Cure on May 11th 2019 

The MIU running club continues to dominate the annual 5K race in Ottumwa, winning the timed team award for the 8th time and also winning first place in several age categories.

The club participated in Ottumwa’s Komen Southeast Iowa Race for the Cure earlier this month.

The timed team award consists of the combined times of the team’s top five runners. The MIU runners who helped the team to win the award were Kirby Shields, Virginia Lagunas, Daniel Sterk, Vinodthan Nayagar, and coach Peter Mannisi, with a combined time of 1:57:04.

MIU Running Club at the Live Healthy Iowa 5k

Individually, three club members won first place in their age groups. Virginia Lagunas was first in the female 20–24 group in a time of 25:18, Kirby Shields won the male 25–29 group in 22:44, and coach Mannisi won the 70+ group in 22:14.

Placing second in their age groups were Vinodthan Nayagar (30–34) in a time of 23:04, Daniel Sterk (40–44) in 23:44, John Loin (60–64) in 24:10, and Minoli Nayagar (25–29) in 28:46.

Third place age group winners were Vanan Nayagar (55–59) in 27:59 and Dulce Noj (25–29) in 29:01.

Other runners competing included Mariam Daudi (29:07), Ben Gare (32:02), Brian Levine ( 33:34), and Pathu Nayagar (34:23).

Next up for the club will be the Gothic House 5K in Eldon, Iowa, on June 8.

The MIU Running Club was founded in 2008 by Ben Gare, Minca Borg, and Peter Mannisi. For information about the club, contact club president Kirby Shields at or coach Mannisi at

Written by Jim Karen for The Review, Vol. 34, #16, May 29, 2019