Medina’s Fourth of July Twin Sizzler race lives up to its name

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MEDINA, Ohio — The 43rd annual Twin Sizzler bike and running races certainly lived up the their name, with hot, sticky temperatures even at 7:45 a.m. when the 5-kilometer race began.

The 1,042 participants in the 5K, 10K, 1-mile fun run and 27-mile citizen and expert bike races shed lots of perspiration as they took part in the Medina Fourth of July family tradition.

The runners and supporters gathered on the square before the races began stood in respectful silence while Navy Veteran Michele Wisniewski sang a beautiful, traditional version of the National Anthem. She is dedicated to “bringing tradition back to sporting events and enriching the lives of American veterans” with her participation in Team Red, White,and Blue.  To learn more log on to

Members of the Revere Running Club get ready to race in the Medina Twin Sizzler. (Mary Jane Brewer, special to

Athletes of all ages took part in the events. The Revere Running Club, a group devoted to developing a love of running in young people, showed up with provocative T-shirts. The back of the youths’ shirts read, “My sport is your sport’s punishment,” referring to the practice of disciplining a lazy football or soccer player with running laps.

The back of the adult T-shirts featured the words, “The only sport where the parents get as much exercise as the athletes,” referring to the sport of cross country, in which spectators run from one vantage point to another to cheer as their favorite athletes pass by.

The Medina Twin Sizzler is often a family affair, as shown by cousins Nick Brewer of Medina and Autumn Novak of Worthington, Ohio, who both ran in the 5K. (Mary Jane Brewer, special to

When the runners and bikers finished their race, they were greeted by a selection of healthy snacks and bottled water. The snacks were donated by Orangetheory, a heart rate-based interval training fitness gym soon to open at 1120 N. Court St. Local owner Jacob Finn described the program as a 60-minute, full-body workout during which the athlete wears a heart monitor and is accompanied by a certified coach. To learn about the gym, call 330-636-0388 or check out

Medina High School and recent Miami University graduate Maria Scavuzzo was the first woman to cross the finish line at the end of the 5K run. Nineteen-year-old Andre Bollam-Godbott of Brunswick won for the men. Jeffrey Wunning of Wooster won the 10K, while Michelle Farr crossed the finish line first for the women.

On the west side of the square, the citizen bike races were won by Dave Kovach of Cleveland and Lindsey Beshire of Medina. Nick Glavac of Mentor and Caitlin Carey of Wooster won the expert divisions.