SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – Four Spring Arbor University cross country and track & field alumni qualified for the 2017 Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts that is scheduled for Monday, April 17.
Current head women's cross country and track & field coach Bryan Burk is one of the members of the SAU contingent that will be participating in the race. Burk ('13) qualified for the Boston Marathon with his time of 2:31:37 – a 5:46 mile pace – he posted at the Detroit Free Press/Talmer Bank Marathon in October 2015. More recently, he also ran in the Chicago Marathon this past October posting a time of 2:32:28. Out of more than 37,000 runners in the event, he finished 77th overall and 33rd in his age division.
As a member of the Cougars, Burk was a three-time All-Conference performer in cross country, where he helped lead SAU to a pair of second place league finishes and one third place finish. On the track, the Cass City, Michigan native was a three-time NAIA national qualifier in the marathon, posting his best time in 2011. He narrowly missed a top-10 finish, placing 11th after completing the race in 2:33:19.96. In 2012, Burk brought home his first conference championship after claiming the top spot in the 10,000 meter run.
Joining Burk in Boston will be Simon Reidsma ('16), Tyler Babinec ('16) and Brett Merillat ('11).Reidsma and Babinec both qualified with times posted at the Whitefish Point Marathon last June. Reidsma not only won the race, but set a course record, running the 26.2 miles in 2:39:44. Babinec was not far behind finishing in 2:54:56. Merillat ran the Detroit marathon with Burk in 2015 and finished in 2:49:11.
The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world's best-known road racing events. For more information on the event, including a full schedule for the day, visit baa.org.
To track Burk and the rest of the Cougars, download the BAA Boston Marathon app, the official app of the Boston Marathon, in the App Store or Google Play. You can track up to 10 racers, see a course map and follow a real-time leaderboard.