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LIMA — It wasn’t a race either one really planned on running.However, Jason Maus and Leah Long-Barhorst were each rewarded by participating in Sunday’s Spring Fling race.Maus cruised to the men’s title while Long-Barhorst easily won the women’s crown in the 5-kilometer race at the Lima YMCA.Maus, a 28-year-old assistant track and cross country coach at Ohio Northern University, had just competed in a 5k race with his track team at Kenyon College on Saturday. At Kenyon, Maus clocked a time of 15 minutes, 41 seconds. On Sunday — sore legs and all — Maus covered the 3.1-mile Riverwalk course in a time of 16:03 to take the men’s race. Maus, a Van Wert graduate, defeated another former Van Wert High School runner, Kyle Minnich, to take the title. Minnich crossed the finish line in a time of 17:25. Wapakoneta’s Dylan Webb was third with a time of 18:05.Long-Barhorst had little trouble in her quest to win the women’s race. She crossed the finish line more than a minute ahead of second-place finisher Molly Scott. Long-Barhorst’s winning time was 21:54 while Scott finished in 23:01. Emily Wolery was third (23:25).Maus said the decision to run on Sunday was made at the last second.“I ran at the Kenyon Invitational on Saturday with my team,” Maus said. “I really didn’t run that well. So, I thought I’d come over and run with Dad and support the Lima Run and Jog Club.”Maus’s father, Jeff, finished at about 22 minutes on Sunday.Jason Maus said he was not planning on running his hardest Sunday because he was coming off a race the day before.“To be honest, I really didn’t push that hard,” Maus said. “My hammies (hamstrings) started to tighten up a little bit at mile-2. I was hoping to get under 16 (minutes).”Maus said he hasn’t competed too much lately because he has been busy coaching and starting to raise a family.“I’ve been training really well,” Maus said. “But, I’m coming back from an injury and have done only one race indoors and one outdoors.”The 41-year-old Barhorst said she just wanted to come out on Sunday and see what she could do.“This is my first spring race,” Long-Barhorst said. “This winter was tough (to train). I have an elliptical (cardio machine) down in the basement that I try to use. And I swim too. I was really surprised on how well I ran today.”Long-Barhorst also competes in triathlons. She won the Kewpee/Lima YMCA Triathlon on July 29.Long-Barhorst, a long-time runner and triathlete, said she views running a little differently as she has gotten older.“I’m 41 now,” she said. “So, (running) is more of a stress reliever … it clears my mind.”



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