2018-06-14 / Sports

Relay tradition continues for local family


Above, competing on the women’s team “Kickin’ Asphalt”, with a finishing time of 4:13:29.1, were, from left: team driver Phyllis Burge, Cindy Kaiser, Taylor Holmberg, Laura Palmer, Megan Weber, Julie Malloy Lisa Holmberg, and team driver Tom Burge. At left, taking the course as team “Blood, Sweat, and Beers” were, from left: Dan Dehanke, Pat Braun, Jeff Zellar, Tyler Tobin, Wyatt Gierke, and team driver Linda Zellar. They finished the 25-mile course in a time of 3:36:02.3. 
Courtesy photos Above, competing on the women’s team “Kickin’ Asphalt”, with a finishing time of 4:13:29.1, were, from left: team driver Phyllis Burge, Cindy Kaiser, Taylor Holmberg, Laura Palmer, Megan Weber, Julie Malloy Lisa Holmberg, and team driver Tom Burge. At left, taking the course as team “Blood, Sweat, and Beers” were, from left: Dan Dehanke, Pat Braun, Jeff Zellar, Tyler Tobin, Wyatt Gierke, and team driver Linda Zellar. They finished the 25-mile course in a time of 3:36:02.3. Courtesy photos MARQUETTE – For 40-plus years, the Big Bay Relay has been uniting community members, families, and friends. Carrying on the family tradition, the Burge family, who has a long history with the relay, was at the starting line again this year.

Tom Burge and his daughter Lisa Holmberg started running the relay in 1984. Moving forward 34 years, the family continues to hand down the relay legacy and tradition to their family and others who have joined them over the years. As the children are now grown, the group had only two teams participate this year.

Burge and his wife Phyllis continue to fill their roles of support drivers. Burge stopped running in 2007. Lisa continues to participate on the all-women’s team “Kickin’Asphalt”.

Celebrating its 42nd year, the Big Bay Relay travels along County Road 550 from the Kaufman Sports Complex in Marquette to The Thunder Bay Inn in Big Bay. All teams run the 25-mile course, exchanging and alternating runners at each designated mile marker.

The fastest mixed gender team was “Queen City Running Company”, who finished in 2:19:19.1 – equating to a pace of 5:19.

The female division was led by “Running is Relay Fun”, who covered the 25-mile course in a time of 2:45:19.0.

“Chasing Barley” took the male division with a time of 2:46:27.2.

The mixed gender division went to “Team Blackfly” with a time of 2:52:09.7.

Taking the junior division was “Meep Meep” with a time of 2:24:41.2.

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